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Coffee capital

With cafes on almost every corner, it’s fair to say we love our coffee in Wellington. And the rest of the world agrees, with CNN recently naming us one of the top 8 international coffee destinations.

It all begins with the beans

coffee beans

With well over a dozen roasteries in the city, you'll often catch the warm aroma of roasting coffee on the wind.It also means you're drinking the freshest, liveliest coffee around.

Each roastery has a distinct approach to the craft, and tours are enlightening as well as refreshing.

Where to try locally roasted coffee


If you're on a mission to find some of the world's best coffee, here are a few of the best places to get some of the local roasts.

Hand-made with love


From the oven to the cup is the critical step in delivering you a great coffee. This is the domain of the Wellington barista.

A top-flight barista responds to temperature and humidity in the café, adjusting the grind by millimetres and playing the steampunkesque espresso machine like a musical instrument.

Get to know the barista at your local café, and you’ll soon find your regular order underway as soon as you walk in the door.

The place to be

No matter how good a cup is served before you, the enjoyment is as much about the space and time as flavour. Wellington's cafes are a diverse bunch, from urban hubs, to hipster hangouts, beachside brunch spots and much more. Here are of some of our favourite places to meet for coffee and/or brunch



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