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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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Memphisbelle

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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
+ Coffee
+ Outside Seating

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Fidels

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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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Midnight Espresso

Posted on 04 March 2013 by mattbaker

178 Cuba St  Te Aro, Wellington 6011 New Zealand

178 Cuba St Te Aro, Wellington 6011
New Zealand

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A funky little shop towards the end of Cuba Street, presents a vibe of hip, teenage friendly and late night food. A huge buffet of food is what stand out over everything. Pastries, cakes, sandwiches, pasta’s and salads tower over the counter presenting a great grab and go option. The shop itself is a shotgun layout and decorated with sharpie drawings on the wall and a splattering of show flyers. They use a Wega Machine and the drink came out probably 90 seconds after I ordered it. I was skeptical of how good it would be since it seemed like it was ready before I order it, but it did have good color and a lovely rosetta on top (which was only seen after I pulled the lid off.) However, the drink itself was very potent, strong and a solid drink. Not the best, but I was pleasantly surprised. It is not going to blow you away, but it certainly won’t disappoint. Also, it is nice to see things that are reasonably priced in a land of overpriced things

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+ Food
+ Open Late
+ Cuba St.

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