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Korina and Steve Verkley, owners of the Robert Harris Café, Te Rapa were named as Franchisees of the Year at the annual Robert Harris Café Franchise Awards. Along with the coveted title, the Verkley’s have won a trip to Italy, the home of coffee.

The talented duo also took home the award for Coffee Passion, which acknowledges their pursuit of excellence in the art of coffee making.

Held in Christchurch, the awards bring together the 42 cafes in the Robert Harris Café Network and acknowledge outstanding service and achievement.

“We continue to have strong candidates for this award every year,” said David Thackery, Robert Harris Café franchise manager.

“To be awarded Franchisee of the Year is an amazing achievement, it takes years of hard work, both in and on the business, and also acknowledges a continued pursuit of excellence.”

Other award winners were: Best Ambassador – Kathryn and Floyd Pratt from Robert Harris Whakatane, Customer Satisfaction – Sonya and Rodney Holdaway from Robert Harris Nelson, Sales Growth – Ting Tang and Gavin Wang from Robert Harris Papamoa, and Rookie of the Year – Steph Ching and Dale Gray from Robert Harris Ashburton.