The five-stamp series traces the evolution of cafes in New Zealand.
The 45-cent stamp depicts NZ's first tearoom-style eating establishments, which were set up by European immigrants in the early twentieth century. By the 1940s and 1950s these had developed into the milk bars and coffee bars featured on the 90-cent stamp. From the 1970s late-opening coffee bars were replaced by the delicatessens pictured on the $1.35 stamp.
Finally, the $1.50 and $2.00 stamps capture the renaissance that took place in New Zealand's cafes during the 1990s.