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Mud Ducks

Posted on 01 April 2013 by mattbaker

31 Taupo Quay  Wanganui Central  Wanganui District

31 Taupo Quay
Wanganui Central
Wanganui District

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This was an odd place. Presented more as a modern, New York style bistro, with big bay windows and views of the river. Decent art hanging on the walls, the clientele seems like a blend of socialites and tourists. They have a huge selection of food (I got a sweet corn muffin with brie on top) that will help quench any hunger you might have. The La Nuova machine was an interesting design and did not provide that great of a drink. They use Revive Espresso and I don’t know if it was the bean or the barista/machine that was bad, but skip this place and go to Rapido.

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+ Funky Pastries
+ Coffee
+ Close to the river

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sidetrack

Sidetrack

Posted on 01 April 2013 by mattbaker

3 Marine Parade  Mt Maunganui 3116, New Zealand

3 Marine Parade Mt Maunganui 3116, New Zealand

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Located right next to Slow Fish is Sidetrack another beachside cafe. They have a nice La Marzocco and serve All Press Coffee, but certainly not as good as it’s neighbor. The food is a little more affordable, but for a better cup go next door.

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+ Good food
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+ Seagull

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Mt-Maunganui

Slowfish

Posted on 01 April 2013 by mattbaker

1 Marine Parade, Mount Maunganui, New Zealand

1 Marine Parade, Mount Maunganui, New Zealand

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This place was voted best cafe in the Bay of Plenty three years running by Cafe Magazine. Located in the heart of the beach strip of Mt. Maunganui, Slow Fish offers up really good food and great views of the sexy people strolling down the beach. Its small, so you might have to wait, but the view is well worth it. Very overpriced, but you have to expect it since it is the closest thing to the beach you can get without actually being in the water. A Faema machine produced a solid cup of espresso and to make it even better they gave me a ginger cookie (trying to bribe me.) Probably your best bet on this end of the town, and if you can afford it try some food.

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+ People Watching
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+ Pushy Owner

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enigma

Enigma

Posted on 01 April 2013 by mattbaker

128 Courtenay Pl  Te Aro 6011, New Zealand

128 Courtenay Pl Te Aro 6011, New Zealand

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A funky little place that actually reminded me of a shop I used to go to in Seattle before it shut down. Enigma sports a very young teenage crowd and caters to them through their sweet treats. Gilato, pastries and food are ordered by the droves of teens that are hanging out. A cool open space with interesting painting on wall creates a hip, urban type of shop. The coffee was surprisingly good considering that it did not seam like coffee was their focus. They did not knock it out of the park, but they did not let me down. Stop in if you want to hear all about the last episode of Glee.

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+ Food
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+ Teen Creepers

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Emporio Coffee

Posted on 01 April 2013 by mattbaker

90 Abel Smith St  Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

90 Abel Smith St Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

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My favorite place in Wellington hands down. One of a handful of shops in New Zealand that actually focus on espresso! A small shop off the beaten path, with limited seating and a very industrial design. Big ass glass windows looking over the road and into their roasting area where you can watch the magic happen. It’s cement interior gives you a real feel that they are not their to produce crap, but some science students who rented whatever space they could to make the best espresso. It has limited seating, but that don’t matter because you are going to be jumping up and down this place is so good! A sexy black La Marzocco on display with a small assortment of high end baked goods next to it. The coffee was superb. Great flavor, with very bold notes, great color and when touching my lips I could feel my feet tingle a little. This is the #1 spot to go of all the places I tried in Wellington. They also offer a chemex option.. This is your spot..

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+ Awesome
+ Coffee
+ Roaster

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Flight Coffee

Posted on 01 April 2013 by mattbaker

171 - 177 Willis Street WELLINGTON 6142 New Zealand

171 – 177 Willis Street
WELLINGTON 6142 New Zealand

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Their coffee is used all over Wellington and I was extremely excited to visit their shop/roasting location in Wellington. A really cool shop with custom wood interior a tasting room and a few spots to sit and enjoy. Smack in the middle is there large Probat roaster showing off like some grand champion horse. They use a direct trade bean and the owner is very knowledgable and friendly explaining the process of how they get their beans. I was a little surprised to see that they use a Slayer Machine, but the owner swore by it, so I was onboard. Upon my order I watched them throw 6 shots away before they served me a drink that was to hot. I really Pokies appreciate the fact that they would not serve me something they did not think was high quality, but on the flip-side, why did it take 6 different pulls to get something good? I would expect something better from the 2011 3rd place finisher in the world barista championships. The presentation was beautiful, but it was to hot and the coffee was to smooth. It was honestly like drinking air. I like my coffee to have some bite, and this did not. They coffee is to well done for their own good. Great place to visit on your coffee spot. Especially if you want to really experience some of the upper crust of coffee companies.

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+ Roaster
+ Slayer Machine
+ Weird way of making Americano’s

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Memphis Belle

Posted on 01 April 2013 by mattbaker

38 Dixon St  Te Aro, 6011, New Zealand

38 Dixon St Te Aro, 6011, New Zealand

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A lot of places in New Zealand lack character and Memphis Belle is the exact opposite. It is full of character that is fun and a little quirky. It is funky little shop only a block away from Cuba Street. It reminds me of a shop in Little Italy in San Francisco. Shanty-like and a little punky this little spot has limited inside seating and really funky old antique pics on the wall. They rock a Faema Machine, Flight Coffee and offer pour over, syphon and chemex options. The coffee was bitter, yet very flavorful and strong. I really enjoyed this place. Grab a snack and a cup and sit out outside that faces the square and people watch.

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+ Great location
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+ Outside Seating

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Fidels

Posted on 01 April 2013 by mattbaker

234 Cuba St  Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

234 Cuba St Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

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This was highly recommended to me, but I was confused on why. This is a restaurant that also has a coffee counter. Decorated in army parachutes and camouflage everything this tribute to Cuba has tons of space and is constantly packed with hipsters. The staff was very friendly and nice and their food is great. It is not really set up for you to get you coffee and sit down (unless you are eating food) although if you are getting your coffee to go, they do have a large assortment of baked goods to take away with you. A good La Marzocco produced a nice cup with a light flavor to it. It was good, I just did not understand all the hype about it. Only two blocks away there is a shop that blows your mind and focuses just on coffee. Get some food here.

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+ Good Food
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+ Hipsters Galore

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Rapido

Rapido Coffee

Posted on 01 April 2013 by mattbaker

71 Liverpool Street, Central, Wanganui, New Zealand

71 Liverpool Street, Central, Wanganui, New Zealand

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A really cool spot located in a funky house. I was skeptical when I saw there run of the mill machine, but the owner is the barista and makes a great cup. Using People’s Coffee to make a very delicious drink. Great flavor, strong presentation with a nice rosetta and overall this was a very bright spot on the coffee trip. Not only do they serve up a great drink, they also have baked goods they make there that are also delicious. Ambiance is very promising, but the time I was there, it was just me. I would imagine that this is a bustling shop with lot’s of people utilizing the cool space. If you happen to be in Wanganui this is certainly the best bet!

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+ Get the scones
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+ Cool house

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Raglan Roast

Posted on 01 April 2013 by mattbaker

Volcom Lane Raglan, NZ

Volcom Lane
Raglan, NZ

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This place is literally located in Vulcan Alley and roasted right in front of you. A wood shed that was made into a coffee shop sports the best option in town. A La Marzocco, small cookie selection and some outside seating is all this place has to offer. That is all it needs. A nice rosetta and good light flavor. It was a little on the hot side, and it did not offer me a cup that would make me explode in my pants, but I do think this is your best bet in this small town.

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+ Alley Way
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