Ivan Holland, Byron Bay
It came to me as I looked out over a queue of traffic inching its way into town. Surely many of the passengers had a hankering for a snack and caffeinated beverage when they finally arrived at their destination. And yes, there are numerous reputable, legitimate and established cafes on offer, but what if the traveller wanted a more authentic morning tea experience?
My thoughts then wandered to all of the kitchens in local houses that lie dormant every day. What if there were a way to utilise this resource to meet the needs of travellers wanting to refresh like a local? And then bingo – Air Coffee and Cake, or AirCnC for short, was born. A sharing platform to tap into under-utilised kitchens to bring a snack and a cuppa to visitors wanting something different.
The concept also provides homeowners a way to top-up their primary income by allowing visitors to rent their kitchen shortterm for a small fee. The AirCnC platform is a conduit for connecting kitchen facilities with the hungry and/or thirsty and takes no responsibility for any mess and/or breakages (or loss of business for established cafes) that may result from the sharing experience.
As AirCnC increases in popularity, which it will most certainly do, a sister concept will be launched targeting the more mature market and will be known as Air Tea and Tart: AirTnT for short.