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Cargo Coffee Company

Posted on 31 March 2013 by mattbaker

28 Shortland St  Auckland CBD 1010, New Zealand

28 Shortland St Auckland CBD 1010, New Zealand

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I was super stoked about this spot. It is located in a shipping container on the top of a hill. It has a cool outside seating area with some picnic benches and garden area. They have a cool green La Marzocco and upon approach I thought this was the spot. However, the coffee just like every other place was just “pretty good.” Anywhere else in the world, I would be stoked to have this coffee, but in Auckland where everyone and there mother owns a La Marzocco, the quest for the best cup does not stop here.

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+ In a boxcar
+ Coffee
+ Cool trinkets

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Remedy

Remedy Coffee

Posted on 31 March 2013 by mattbaker

1 Wellesley St W, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

1 Wellesley St W, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

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A cute little shop not far from the Art Museum. Littered with books, backpackers and people on laptops this cool spot has the best prices in overpriced Auckland. $3.50 for my piccolo latte which they made on their La Cimbali machine. It was just ok flavored, but they do use fair trade coffee and are very friendly. Check it out and you might even be able to pick up a hitchhiker while you are at it.

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+ Vagabonds
+ Coffee
+ Great People

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Movenpick

Posted on 31 March 2013 by mattbaker

75 Tamaki Dr Mission Bay Auckland, NZ

75 Tamaki Dr
Mission Bay
Auckland, NZ

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This place is as tourist as touristy gets. Right on the corner and conveniently located across the street from the harbor. It’s primarily a Swiss Ice Cream place (which I recommend you trying,) but they do have a nice black La Marzocco machine. Not much of an atmosphere, but the coffee is pretty good. It was presented with a nice heart design, had some decent flavor, but was a little hot. I don’t think you will be disappointed with the coffee, I would just say that there is nothing special about this spot.

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+ Swiss Ice Cream
+ Coffee
+ Teenage Dates

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Merito Espresso

Posted on 31 March 2013 by mattbaker

Auckland, New Zealand 1010

Auckland, New Zealand 1010

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Merito is a small little shop with no more then 5 seats. They do have a La Marzocco and don’t mess around. They do have a few snacks, but coffee is the focus here. This was only my second drink in New Zealand and was shocked at the $4.70 for a latte. For that price I was very underwhelmed with the drink. It had a little flavor, but for the attitude they served me I was hoping for something amazing.

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+ Coffee Roaster
+ Coffee
+ Small shop

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huron

Aroma Coffee

Posted on 31 March 2013 by mattbaker

110 3rd St SW # 105 Huron, SD 57350

110 3rd St SW # 105 Huron, SD 57350

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Aroma Coffee is formally Coffee Tree and I am glad they changed the name. Coffee Tree sounds like somewhere where you can get all your coffee for under a $1.00. Aroma is a little off the main strip and has a very nice feel to it. I think they are going for an upper class sheik, but who are we kidding? We are in Huron South Dakota! They have a Simonelli machine and their coffee was ok at best. However they do have decent food, wine and a nice atmosphere to work in. Gonna be the best place to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee before you hurry off to see Huron’s claim to fame the World’s Largest Pheasant!

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+ Quit
+ Coffee
+ Clean

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Spill The Beans

Posted on 31 March 2013 by mattbaker

289 Dakota Ave S Huron, SD 57350

289 Dakota Ave S Huron, SD 57350

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Huron is a very small town and does not really need another shop in it. However, Spill the Beans is conveniently located on the main street stuck in an odd shopping complex. The first time I came to this shop I literally stood for 10 minutes at the counter and no one showed up to help me, so I left. I wanted to give it another shot, but wish I didn’t. The shop is nice and clean with a steady stream of old ladies and babies having there lunch time chat. A single group rancillio that looks like it has never been used. The coffee was not very good and the woman took way to long to make it. Your best bet is to get some decent food here and move on to one of the other two shops in town.

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+ Food
+ Coffee
+ Old ladies

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Higher Ground

Posted on 31 March 2013 by mattbaker

125 S Main Howard, SD 57349

125 S Main
Howard, SD 57349

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I have no idea why I stopped in this town while driving, but I was pleasantly surprised to find this place. The town has no stoplight and looks like it is about to become a ghost town, but Higher Ground helps you forget about the baron wasteland outside. A comfy little spot with a fireplace, clean interior and cool ladies running it. Kind of feels like your grandma’s shop. Their machine looks like it is from Toys ‘R’ Us, so your best bet is to get some drip. However, they have free wi-fi, baked goods, local art and heat. A nice little spot to stop if you are passing thru.

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+ Fireplace
+ Coffee
+ Snacks

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Chai Tea Lounge

Posted on 05 March 2013 by mattbaker

24 Wharf Rd  Coromandel  New Zealand

24 Wharf Rd
Coromandel
New Zealand

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A cool little spot in downtown Coromandel Town. Chai Tea Lounge has the sort of hippy vibe that always makes a decent shop. A plethora of vegetarian foods and deserts are on display and are even better tasting then they are looking. It’s nice to see a proper coffee shop. In New Zealand so many places are restaurants first and it is cool to see a place solely focus and survive off the coffee. A decent flavor on their drinks, but this is the only game in town. Great seating areas including some outside seating, free wi-fi and the occasional show makes this a must destination on your visit to the Coromandel.

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+ Veggie Friendly
+ Hippy
+ Chai Tea

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All Press Espresso

Posted on 04 March 2013 by mattbaker

266 Ponsonby Road Ponsonby- Auckland New Zealand

266 Ponsonby Road
Ponsonby- Auckland
New Zealand

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One of the biggest roasters in NZ, I visited the Ponsonby shop. I don’t think they roast there, because the size is so small, but this is a cool little spot. With only three seats and a small assortment of treats it seems like they just want to serve you and get you the hell out. A really cool La Marzocco with a mirror behind the barista allows you to watch as they make your drink. She put a lid on my drink without asking making the presentation a little anticlimactic, but the coffee was pretty good and had some decent bite to it. I was expecting a little more from a shop that provides beans to all the major espresso players in NZ, but comparatively speaking to most shops this is pretty good. Get a cup and walk the cool row of Ponsonby shops!

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+ Small
+ Cool Machine
+ Ponsonby

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Corelli’s

Corelli’s

Posted on 04 March 2013 by mattbaker

46 Victoria Rd   Devonport 0624 New Zealand

46 Victoria Rd
Devonport 0624
New Zealand

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This is a cool spot on the top of the strip at the Auckland getaway of Devenport. A cafe with food, treats and wine supports a fun looking clientele. A beautiful red La Marzocco served up a cup that even though it was to hot, had great color and flavor. For being as bitter of a bean as it is, it has a lot of bite and has very good taste. The food is very good also. There is roaster a few blocks away, but I got there long after they had closed for the day. Try them first, and then stop in here for some food and a good cup after.

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+ Food
+ Smoothies
+ Beach Walk

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