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> The Cafes of New Zealand, Where to find the best coffee
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post May 8 2008, 08:05 PM
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I have been contacted quite a bit about where to get the best coffee and find the best cafes and restaurants in New Zealand.
In the past few years the cafe world here has blossomed with international class baristas making their mark in all the world competitions.
It is not just a few but a great deal of really dedicated baristas are pouring top class coffee.
In the five years on the road My wife and I, both coffee lovers, have been to hundreds of cafes and restaurants throughout th country tasting and testing. One every morning and one in the afternoon sdo we have done the research.........
During this time we have built up a list of the cafes/restaurants we feel meet our qualifications of top coffee. great food, good service and ambience............We won't list anyone who doesn't meet these standards.
As a result I have put it all together for everyone to be able to download the list when they travel New Zealand.
We are very aware for those who enjoy the best in coffee and cafes when out of their
"home safe coffee zone" so we created the New Zealand Coffee Guide -
www.newzealandcoffeeguide.co.nz
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post May 9 2008, 09:12 AM
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Thanks, which one would be the absolute best though? The one that totally blew you away?


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post May 9 2008, 07:16 PM
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QUOTE(starlagurl @ May 9 2008, 09:12 AM) *

Thanks, which one would be the absolute best though? The one that totally blew you away?


Well...............you certainly don't ask easy questions do you? After hundreds of cafes and thousands of cups of coffee in this quest I thought we did well to have it down to a couple of hundred...................

Trying to filter down to a few is next to impossible but here are some of the ones we really look forward to stopping at as we pass through their area...............not necessarily in rank of difference.........................

First the roast is considered.......there are some we never stop by anymore as over time they have not come up to our tastes. You must also consider our tastes do not necessarily mean they will correspond with others.............

Then after the visit, more than once by the way, we base the cafe on taste and presentation of the coffee, consistency, staff, ambience (music is very important especially with that first cup in the morning and a newspaper).......actually we have coffee in the bus with breakfast then as we move along our first cafe coffee is about 10am............another before 4pm. Since we are usually traveling it means two different cafes.

So............here would be some comments........

First we have a close association with Wellington having lived there eight years and I was the Dining Out editor for a local newspaper.......I had the great opportunity to visit the majority of cafes and restaurants.......
On Sunday mornings we went to Plum on Cuba for breakfast almost religiously. Since leaving the city a roaster by the name of Mojo has come to town and we really find them extremely good but also the Supreme roast is still our favourite.
South Island -
Going south in Picton we hang out a lot at Gusto and LeCafe.
Next spot is down at Amberley where the Nor'wester Cafe has always been a big favourite and then just below town is the Brew Moon Cafe....really funky and fun.....
Ashburton - Lunch
Oamaru has a real winner - The Short Black
Dunedin - Strictly Coffee
Geraldine - the EasyWay and Verde
Hanmer Springs - Powerhouse
Christchurch - Switch
Queenstown - Bean Around the World - Grind (have to search for this one but worth it)
Twizal - Poppies
Westport - Berlin's Cafe (out by the Buller River)

North Island -
Matamata - Espresso to Go
Matakana - the Patisserie (the best selection of pastry in New Zealand)
Otaki - Brown Sugar
Tauranga - Alimento
Taupo - The Brew
Te Kuiti - Bosco
Whangarei - BOB cafe

I better stop there or I will end up listing all those we have on the New Zealasnd Coffee Guide as they all are tops to us.............

Then, of course, we haven't listed the many restaurants and winerys that provide top quality menus.............................yet! Some day!



Oh, by the way, Paula and I both agree the one that blows us away over all others is
Grind located in the Frankton Industrial Park outside of Queenstown. The owner and staff are absolutely top quality, the view over the Shotover River is mind boggling, food is superior and they use Bean Around the World roast that provides a fantastic coffee..........
We do double shot flat whites in tulip cups.................in order to enjoy a full bodied cup.
Gave up the double shot espresso when we left our day jobs..........



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post May 12 2008, 09:04 AM
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Haha! That is awesome, what a list! You guys really are connoisseurs..


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post May 14 2008, 02:33 AM
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WOW!! that is some list you got there .."must love coffee" is an understatement biggrin.gif


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post May 14 2008, 04:07 AM
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QUOTE(nztravelguide @ May 10 2008, 10:16 AM) *

Oh, by the way, Paula and I both agree the one that blows us away over all others is
Grind located in the Frankton Industrial Park outside of Queenstown.

Funny you mention the Grind. Had a divine brew in there, and they do the most delectable green eggs and ham.. yes.gif


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New Zealand – Auckland’s cafe wins top honoursin annual awards



Auckland - Auckland cafe Zarbo has won top honours in Cafe magazine's

annual Best Cafe awards. The popular Auckland eatery impressed the judges

with its "superbly made coffee" and "great cafe fare".

Chief judge Michael Guy said Zarbo was "clearly an outstanding cafe" which

had now been a thriving business for 13 years.

The national runner-up in the competition was Joe's Garage in Christchurch,

which Mr Guy said impressed with its casual atmosphere and very good food.

Third-placed Ozone Espresso Bar in New Plymouth received a nod for its great coffee, which the judges noted was made by extremely passionate baristas.

The awards were not restricted to the main centres, with 24 regional winners

and runners-up also being announced.
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