We tried Auckland's hottest new coffee trend - the 'piefee' (Video)
OPINION: The name could use a little work, but it's hard to go wrong when you're combining two things so right.
Pie and coffee. Ergo, the "Piefee".
It's made using a sweet, biscuity pastry which is lined with chocolate and filled with searing hot espresso and topped off with velvety milk. And so, a star is born.
Let me explain.
As an avid coffee drinker - averaging about three a day in winter - I would honestly say this is good espresso. But after gulping down the flat white, it came time for the biscuit base, which was a bit "blah".
In all fairness, it has to be quite hard to stay crispy while housing boiling hot liquid, but after two or three mouthfuls I was full.
So as a complete novice to the baking world, I offered the baker and creator, Chamnan Ly, my unsolicited opinion.
"Maybe if it was more like a chocolate chip cookie it would be more palatable."
He smiled and gave me a non-committal answer that my inner monologue interpreted as "settle down silly girl and leave the hard stuff to me."
A little more chocolate on the inside also wouldn't have gone a miss... Just saying.
But at $4 a pop, the piefee is definitely an affordable way of getting one's caffeine fix for the day. And did I mention it looked great?
Coffee in a chocolate and biscuit shell that you can eat afterwards is definitely going to be a big draw card.
So as a trend, I think it will do well - especially on coffee-crazed social media platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook. Hell, you could even call it eco-friendly for cutting down in the amount of takeaway cups circulating the planet.
But don't take my word for it, go forth and try for yourself, just make sure to bring your appetite to get through that monstrous casing.
What: The Piefee, half pie, half coffee
Where: The Tasteful Bakehouse on Auckland's Karangahape Road
Why: Because coffee is delicious
When: Now, go forth and try for yourself.
Pros: The coffee was delicious
Cons: The biscuit base was too much