Get a real wake up call from Customs

Customs is at the heart of the coffee scene. Your Wellington coffee experience wouldn’t be complete without a stop here


Cuba precinct


39 Ghuznee Street
Wellington CBD


+64 4 385 2129

In Wellington, we’re really proud of our coffee. We mean really proud. It’s fair to say that our love borders on obsession, and if you ask us, it’s healthy and not something we’re going to stop talking about any time soon.

For the true coffee-geeks, or those keen to try alternative brews, there are plenty of cafés around the capital serving siphon, Chemex and AeroPress coffee, and experimenting with innovative brewing techniques. Spots like Customs go above and beyond.

Who says your Sunday morning coffee always has to be the same? With a constantly rotating bean lineup, your filter coffee can always be a little different.

Found just off Cuba Street, you’ll find one of the most inviting atmospheres a Wellington café has to offer. The bustling vibe of the café paired with the incredible coffee aromas will have you parked there with your laptop and a never-ending cup of filter coffee for the whole afternoon.

The cosy, wall-panelled interior is filled with light, and outdoor and window seating looking out at Wellington’s iconic David Bowie mural is well sought after on a sunny morning.

According to Customs, “The name Customs comes from the idea that the best experiences with coffee often begin with rituals inherited from the customs of global coffee drinkers. The name is also a hat-tip to the journey coffee takes to arrive in New Zealand, with every bean having to be imported from distant, far-off lands.”

Alongside your cup of Coffee Supreme, there’s a menu of toast using local Wellington Sourdough Co. bread, topped with seasonal toppings. The grilled cheese and pickle is a must-try - the cheesy, butteriness is perfectly offset by the pickle. And from Friday to Sunday, freshly delivered doughnuts from Little Dough Co.

Before I went there, I just knew I could taste 'coffee', and to be honest I can only differentiate between, say, the Kenyan and the Colombian because one tastes nicer to me than the other.

Giles Dexter,

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