I’m seeing new coffee places everywhere lately.
Firstly there’s the new flagship shops for both Supreme and Mojo, selling an array of single origin coffees, coffee equipment and accessories, and keen to teach you anything you could possibly wish to know about coffee.
Supreme has moved from Woodward Lane to a bigger, brighter space on the edge of Midland Park next to Soho Brown. They do cupping sessions at 10am Wednesdays if you want to go further than just sampling the filtered coffees they have on brew each day, or are very happy to help you decide what interesting single origin you’d like to take home (pays to pop by and book your slot for the cupping).
Mojo’s Beanery is in the ground entrance of Lambton Square. You can experience a steampunk coffee (a version of filtered), and again buy interesting single origins to take home, with any kind of accessory you desire. Both places have exceptionally welcoming, friendly and helpful staff, so don’t be shy.
On the slightly more cafe front, Zumo is now open on the corner of Tory and Wakefield, as is Franks on The Terrace (probably others around town I just haven’t tripped over yet!).
Zumo’s new Wellington premises are along similar lines to their Nelson HQ – large, airy, and warehousey. There’s a load of indoor and outdoor seating, a range of single origins and blends to try (with very helpful large descriptions on the wall) and counter food that includes at least some from French CanCan (I saw Sophie slide by with a food box while there…).
Although I’m a decaf drinker and they can often be a bit nebulous, my Swiss decaf was flavourful and made me think dark caramel. I thoroughly enjoyed a quiet read of the paper and wee graze in that lovely airy space. Daytime 7 days, from 7am weekdays, 8am weekends.
And then theres Franks on the Terrace (opposite PWC tower in the space that’s had a chequered past – most recently Bureau wine bar), part way up the hill.
I like the crisp, white, clean feel of the place, and the staff are similarly well presented, professional and competent. Using Red Rabbit Roastery coffee, and bakery food from the Leeds Street Bakery, you’ll feel quite at home here in a Mojo/Leeds Street blended kind of way.
Again my decaf was flavourful, well made, and had the word toasty popping into my head. There’s plenty of seating upstairs, and there was a nice ambience from people coming and going enjoying quality fare while I was there. Monday to Friday daytimes, 6.30am opening.