Wellington coffee

March 7th, 2014 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

The Dom Post reports:

Every Wellingtonian knows the capital has the best coffee in the world, but now the rest of the world know it too.

CNN has published a list of eight of the world’s great coffee cities, including the coolest little capital.

Naturally, Melbourne, Rome, Vienna, Singapore and Seattle were also mentioned.

Memphis Belle, Flight Coffee’s The Hanger, and Lamason Brew Bar were CNN’s top coffee spots in .

Us Wellingtonians do do very well on the coffee front. We have both quantity and quality when it comes to cafes.

Tags:

24 Responses to “Wellington coffee”

  1. tvb (4,327 comments) says:

    Doing good coffee does not pay for welfare and all those other projects Wellington loves to spend other people’s money on.

    Vote: Thumb up 5 Thumb down 5 You need to be logged in to vote
  2. straya (70 comments) says:

    Melbourne and Vienna both do it better than Wellington.

    And Seattle is a joke, it is not possible to get a decent coffee anywhere on the continent of North America.

    Vote: Thumb up 6 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  3. Sean (300 comments) says:

    Singapore? Are they kidding? I nearly split my coffee – seriously, I live here and the coffee is so crap I have my own machines at home and in the office, using coffee beans from Kokako in Grey Lynn (Auckland). If you follow the links in the CNN article to one of the Singapore pages, read the universally bad reviews. Obviously the CNN repeater just collated a bunch of reviews without actually trying the coffee. Not to say Wellington is bad, its probably great but not because CNN said so.

    Vote: Thumb up 4 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  4. Sean (300 comments) says:

    @ straya – yes it is, you have to visit Quebec – either Montreal or Quebec City. I lived in Montreal for a year or so and they do good coffee. Otherwise, I agree with you.

    Vote: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  5. freemark (564 comments) says:

    Allpress is the best Coffee in NZ, and increasingly the world. Hands down.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  6. Peter (1,687 comments) says:

    Typically, I’m down on NZ bigging itself up, but in this instance, we’re correct.

    We do really good coffee. Wellington especially.

    Vote: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  7. Neil (577 comments) says:

    Mr Farrar and his mates have a conflict of interest. They live in the windy hole.Too many people livinmg off the government teat.
    WEe don’t know proper coffee after drinking Turkish,Cuban or Brazilian.

    Vote: Thumb up 5 Thumb down 1 You need to be logged in to vote
  8. MT_Tinman (3,102 comments) says:

    Less than an hour ago a Wellingtonian told me how much she likes the coffee in Christchurch – in her words “every” coffee bar in the city serves great coffee, far better than that served in her home town.

    Could this report be less than universal?

    Vote: Thumb up 2 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  9. dave_c_ (217 comments) says:

    Sure, its great coffee if you’re prepared to buy the beans and grind your own. I flatly refuse to buy any form of overpriced cups of coffee from any coffee shop / bar. Greedy pricks.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  10. Akaroa (552 comments) says:

    Coffee? Coffee?

    What’s the big deal with coffee, for goodness’ sake?

    What’s the matter with people – the ones who go all distant and reflective when tasting, looking at, thinking about or discussing the ol’ faithful ten o’clock in the morning hot drink?

    Its just a hot drink people! It ain’t a “particularly rare vintage of exquisite wine” y’know!.

    Coffee beans are not rolled on the warm thighs of beauteous maidens before being ground. (The beans, I mean!)

    All you cafe coffee poseurs should get over yourselves, drink it up and get back to work.

    Pass the tin of Nescafe, someone!!

    Vote: Thumb up 8 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  11. David Garrett (6,995 comments) says:

    Akaroa: I am with you! I lament the fact you cannot now actually BUY “a cup of coffee”…You order such a thing, and some creature with bits of wire through its face asks you: 1) whether you want one of a bewildering arrary of options, none of which existed 20 years ago; 2) what size cup you want, or perhaps you want a bloody bowl of said beverage?; 3) what sort of milk – or milk substitute – you want in it..etc etc.

    I am thinking of opening a chain of “Curmudgeon Cafes” which just sell Cona coffee, pots of tea, and food you could have got in any lunch bar 20 or 30 years ago…Might skip the cold spaghetti sandwiches though…

    I remember picking up this yank hitchhiker about 30 years ago…he simply couldn’t believe that what we used to call “coffee bars” sold sandwiches made from cold spaghetti from a tin…but indeed we did…

    Vote: Thumb up 6 Thumb down 1 You need to be logged in to vote
  12. James Stephenson (2,145 comments) says:

    Croatia. They make the Italians look like amateurs.

    Vote: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  13. RRM (9,784 comments) says:

    Might skip the cold spaghetti sandwiches though…

    Oh DG, you came so close to *getting it*…

    These new things exist because they are BETTER than what used to be available in the “good” old days… :-P

    Vote: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 1 You need to be logged in to vote
  14. wikiriwhis business (3,883 comments) says:

    “sandwiches made from cold spaghetti from a tin”

    cold spaghetti sanwiches aren’t bad wif a hot coffee

    I cannot remember when spaghetti sanwiches went missing from food bars though.

    Maybe when the Farmer’s Cafes went down.

    I remember the time you walked into a dairy and could only get a pie. Lucky if it was hot

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  15. David Garrett (6,995 comments) says:

    RRM: I have never said that everything about “the good old days” was good…but neither is all “progress” better than what preceded it…I happen to LIKE cona coffee with a little milk! The nearest I can get is a long black with some milk on the side…cue bemusement from the beings behind the counter with bones through their noses and wire through their eyebrows…

    Of course the choice of food in cafes is a country mile better than it once was…But the whole “cult of coffee” leaves me a bit cold…the ads for “barristers” to work at X or Y cafe give some amusement though…

    Vote: Thumb up 4 Thumb down 1 You need to be logged in to vote
  16. Mobile Michael (443 comments) says:

    Should we go back to the days where restaurants only sold steak and lamb chops as well? Or when bars closed at 6pm? When the only fast food chain in NZ was KFC?

    Hospitality has moved on in NZ to go from amongst the blandest to being world leaders. Proof of this is NZ is probably the only place in the world where Starbucks (or its clones) are not found on every corner.

    Vote: Thumb up 2 Thumb down 2 You need to be logged in to vote
  17. David Garrett (6,995 comments) says:

    Mobile Michael: see above

    Vote: Thumb up 2 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  18. Camryn (538 comments) says:

    I agree New Zealand coffee is very good, but it’s also very expensive. It would be nice if it was possible to get a cup of basic coffee for $1 like in the US. The market needs range.

    Vote: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  19. Left Right and Centre (2,950 comments) says:

    Piping hot comment black no sugar David Garrett – nailed it.

    Cult of coffee – bewildering array – love it.

    Coffee culture – interesting. You’d love to see the numbers – average spend per person per day (and a zillion other measures)

    I might nerd up on this flash fuckwit coffee for a few mins at least.

    I know all the jokes about barista not being a real job but – you try making those cool patterns on the top – that’s very arty farty.

    Vote: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  20. Fairfacts Media (372 comments) says:

    It’s hard to get a good flat white in the UK.
    They usually serve lattes, which are far too weak and milky for me.
    If in Spain, try a cortado, which is like a flat white.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  21. Akaroa (552 comments) says:

    Re-Cold Spaghetti sandwiches!

    When self, wife and offspring first came to this fair land as long ago as 1975 and had spent our first night in the ol’ Waterloo Hotel opposite Wellington railway station, we took a walk along Lambton Quay and popped into a cafe for a brew.

    On eye-balling the fare on offer, my two pre-teen children collapsed in helpless mirth.

    When I asked them what was so funny they replied, “Dad, dad! They’ve got cold spaghetti sandwiches!!”

    And so, indeed, they had!!

    This was our first exposure to that cornucopia of culinary delights that is Kiwi cuisine!!

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  22. Akaroa (552 comments) says:

    And on the subject of Kiwi cuisine, last night self and my life’s companion dined at an Auckland restaurant that specialises in presenting a fixed menu of six successive platters of nouvelle cuisine.

    I hasten to point out that we were taking advantage of a dining opportunity gifted to us by a relative. We weren’t paying!!

    Nothing the matter with the – well I’ll call it a ‘meal’ for simplicity’s sake.

    Great ambience, good service. But, and here’s the kicker, had we been two Joes in off the street and buying our own meal it would have cost us $125 – each!

    Yes! That’s a hundred and twenty five dollars each, and the six different glasses of wine would have been an additional x dollars!!

    Call me a hick from the sticks if you like, but are Aucklanders so simple that they’ll go and pay a price like that for an arty-farty so-called meal?

    Sorry, I meant ‘degustaion’ of course!!

    We consoled ourselves by thinking, ‘It must be “Fleece-the-simple-out-of-town-tourists week’ in Auckland!!

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 1 You need to be logged in to vote
  23. Jimbob (641 comments) says:

    Best coffee I have had is from a small café in Bundaberg. You have to try it to believe how good it is.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  24. Daigotsu (454 comments) says:

    Good to see you’re focusing on the real issues that matter to ordinary NZers, DPF…

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.