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Coffee capital

With cafés on almost every corner and multitudes down every street, it’s fair to say that we're just a little coffee-obsessed here in Wellington. Here's five things you need to know to get the best out of your coffee experience in the capital:

1. Start with the best beans

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With well over 20 roasteries in the city, and more popping up around the suburbs, you'll often catch the warm aroma of roasting coffee on the breeze. From small boutique setups, to large-scale roasting operations, you'll find every flavour profile, depth of roast, and style of bean imaginable, right here in Wellington.

 

2. Opt for bean-to-brew

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If you like your coffee super fresh, then bean-to-brew is always best. Make a beeline for one of the joints below and you'll find ethically-sourced beans transformed into delicious silky flat whites, luxe lattes and strong long blacks by an expert roasting team and skilled barista. 

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3. Experiment with specialty coffee

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For the true coffee-geeks at heart, or those keen to try alternative brews, there's plenty of cafés around the capital serving siphon, chemex and aeropress coffee, and experimenting with innovative brewing techniques:

 

4. Banish bad-coffee anxiety

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Shake off the 'bad-coffee anxiety', you're in safe hands: Wellington is home to some of the best-skilled baristas you'll find...and they'll spoil you with near-faultless coffee every time. Make friends with your local expert and they'll have your order underway as soon as you walk in the door.

5. Heighten the experience

When it comes to Welly's humming coffee scene, it's not just the brew that makes the experience – it's as much about the space, service and venue aesthetic, as it is about the flavour profile.

Try some of these urban hubs, hipster hangouts and quirky beachside spots for an experience that'll really elevate your caffeine hit: