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Stories Espresso - nails quality and opportunity

By Greta 23 Jun 2015 • 1 Comments

There are plenty of great places to get coffee in the Cuba Street area: Fidels, Midnight Espresso, Espressoholic, Customs Brew Bar… the list goes on. So what makes Stories Espresso different? Well it hits the mark for two reasons. 1. It’s down the bottom of Cuba Street – adding life (and coffee!) to a slightly overlooked area and 2. Their whole philosophy is around helping young people into employment. And, as a young person myself, I think this is brilliant! 

At Stories Espresso, young barista’s have the chance to get some much needed experience, under the guidance of excellent barista and manager – Kirk Hodgson. Not only do young barista’s run the coffee machine 30-40 hours per week – but every dollar of profit goes to the Barista Training Academy of Zeal.


You might be thinking that such an enterprise must skimp on quality in exchange for these opportunities, but you would be wrong. They use People’s coffee and they do a damn fine job with it – my flat white was everything a flat white should be. And their baked goods! Oh my gosh, they are to die for. Leeds Street Bakery supplies them with their daily goodies, including the unbelievably popular ‘Salted caramel cookie’. Yum!

Stories Espresso is housed in a rad shipping container that Kirk found for sale in Nelson. The interior is industrial chic at its best with cool pendant lighting and distressed wood. There’s a lovely snug little interior seating area and plenty of stools to chill on outside the container.

A perfect stop on a Saturday morning – grab yourself a takeaway coffee on your way to hit the shops and tick off your good-deed for the day. Winning!

Stories is supported by The Wellington City Council, The Ministry of Youth Development, the Boulcott Fund, The Cathy Pelly Memorial Fund, The Nikau Foundation, The AMP Scholarship, Proffer and Southern Hospitality.

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Stories Espresso Bar

Stories is social enterprise espresso bar which loves two things: Quality and Opportunity.

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  • Robbie Ross on 19 May 2015

    This looks great, must try it out sometime soon! Thanks for the well written review.

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