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Another cup of java…

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 breakfastZumo’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.

Franks buildingAnd 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.

 

 

 

Medici, Martinborough

Having stopped here in the past for coffee and cake while out riding, staying over at Martinborough meant the perfect opportunity to experience Medici’s full brunch offerings.

We arrived around 9am at the beginning of the day (Sunday), so were met and seated easily.  And enjoyed the ambience peacefully before the 10am rush.

Named after the Italian royal house and banking dynasty of Medici (who knew they developed the double entry book-keeping system?), the cafe gives a nod to its history with Sistine chapel-style paintings on the ceiling, rustic wrought iron chandeliers and an old Medici head (coin?) in the logo.

Local art on the walls is for sale, there is a (usually) sunny courtyard out the back, the coffee is by Mojo, and there is a mix of both counter and menu food on offer.

And so to brunch.

French toast and pancakes were the order of the day.  Both with banana, bacon and maple syrup.  The french toast was rated as pretty good with a pleasing balance between the salty crispy bacon, and creamy egginess of the toast.  And the pancakes (which were really small pikelets) were presented appealingly in a stack with accompanying condiments in separate dishes and jug.  Good for those who like to mix and match flavours to personal taste.  Like me.

One coffee was missed off the order, and the wait staff seemed a little more focused on what they had to get through rather than engaging with the customers, so perhaps some room for improvement on that front.

But otherwise good food and coffee, in a cafe with character, in a delightful corner of the greater Wellington region.

It will remain a regular ride stop.

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