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How many million cups?

By Heather 28 Jan 2016 • 2 Comments

I read some stat recently which said that Wellingtonians buy 45 million cups of coffee a year. Whaaaat?

I don’t know if that’s calculated by the 204,000 city-wide or the 449,000 region-wide population at the time, but not a bad effort either way. Certainly sounds like enough to support the latest coffee additions to the city.

Of course nosey old me had to trot around and see what’s what, so here’s my highlights: 

The Mojo Beanery

The coolest thing here is they roast teeny tiny batches of coffee instore, and serve Steampunk coffee. The roast is shorter to leave a range of subtler flavour notes in your cup of java, enjoyed while perusing all the essentials you need at home. They also hold free tasting talks Fridays at 11.30am and are super-happy to explain anything about coffee you’d like to know. Weekday openings at 7am for you sparrows out there, and 10am Saturdays.  

Supreme Midland

These guys always have at least one filter coffee on brew at all times for you to sample, and will also talk to you as much as you like about coffee. Cupping sessions are held in-store by arrangement, and they also sell a raft of accessories, machines and complimentary products, with the locally-partnered Six Barrell Soda coffee syrup now my friend’s number one summer drink (either with milk or soda). More civilised weekday openings at 8.30am, closed Saturday/Sunday.


In the former Bureau wine bar location opposite the PWC tower. Very slick, uncluttered and appealing, you will enjoy well made Red Rabbit Roastery coffee here and recognise a few delicious Leeds Street treats along with a few made in-house. You can enjoy your dose of Frank's either upstairs in peace and tranquility or downstairs watching the world go by. Even earlier weekday openings at 6.30am, and 8am Saturdays.


Nelson folks who have brought their brand of coffee and industrial-sized decor to the corner of Tory and Wakefield Streets. A spacious and easy place to hang out and watch the world go by, while you nibble on a French Can Can goodie or Zumo’s own shortbread. Open at 7am, 7 days.

Mojo St James

Light, bright and airy with lots of seating, and in tune with the theatre foyer. The food menu is similar to Poneke’s with an added section of classy sandwiches made to order in the $9-$16 range (also available as takeaway, and on Paleo Pantry gluten free bread). Like Poneke you will find steampunk, espresso and single origin coffees to whet your whistle, and keep an eye out for a liquor licence and evening openings in the future. They open at 7.30am on weekdays, and 8.30am Saturday/Sunday.

Do let us know of any other new coffee places we haven’t tripped over yet. Always keen to check ‘em out!

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  • HeatherC on 08 Feb 2016

    And I've just spotted the Old George Roastery and cafe in Bowen House on the corner of Lambton and Bowen. Anyone have any experience of this one?

  • HeatherC on 01 Feb 2016

    And now Mojo One Market Lane just opened, also doing the open sandwiches, salads, breakfasts and steampunk coffee. With a light bright contemporary decor to match the new apartment block.

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