Cool, calm, and caffeinated: where to get iced coffee in the capital
Whatever way you serve it, Wellingtonians love their coffee. Here’s where to head when you want one with ice, ice, baby.
Pour & Twist
13 Garrett Street, Te Aro, Wellington
If you’re looking for an iced coffee with a twist, well, the name says it all.
Pour & Twist is Aotearoa’s first fully manual coffee bar, with no espresso machine in sight. While they’ve got boiling water on tap for hot options, their cold drinks are where they really stand out.
As well as your standard black, white and maple cold brew, Pour & Twist have a few more experimental iced coffees on offer. Their co-coffee is an aeropress coffee served over iced coconut water, or for something with a little fizz try a coffee tonic – coffee served over iced tonic water. If you have a sweet tooth, go for a pink coco – strawberry milk and coffee (or chocolate) over ice.
Flight Coffee Hangar
119 Dixon Street, Te Aro, Wellington
As roasters of some of Wellington’s best beans, it’s fair to say that Flight knows a thing or two about a good brew. So, it’s no wonder that the cold coffee options are just as good as the hot.
Visit their central city flagship café, The Hangar, for a range of different iced coffee drinks. Their cold drip is made with a 12-hour cold extraction process, and they’ve got a cold brew for the filter fans. Their summer brown is for those looking for something a little more chilled flavour-wise – using an espresso-based coffee and milk for a cold flat white. They also serve a 4° mocha, made of cold drip coffee and chocolate.
This summer, they’ve released a special edition cold coffee that’s sure to put some pep in your step. Flight’s sparkling cold brew is flavoured with mandarin and manuka honey and comes in a ready to drink can for cool coffee on the go.
Gemini Café & Eatery
100 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Possibly the cutest coffee in the city, Gemini’s iced coffees look just as good as they taste.
Your drink arrives as a teddy bear of frozen coffee, sitting on a cup of cold milk or ice, depending on your preference. Pour over your fresh shot of hot espresso and watch the magic happen (and get your phone ready – this is perfect for the ‘gram).
If you’re not caffeine inclined, they’ve got iced chocolate (a frozen reindeer), mocha, and a hybrid of milk tea meets milk coffee.
38 Dixon Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Swimsuit’s iced range was a silver lining of a lockdown solution when they couldn’t make coffees in person. Now part of their permanent line-up, you can enjoy their iced drinks all year long.
Take your pick from iced white, iced maple (our fave), cold brew or choc milk, and have it to go or sit outside and soak up the sun at either their city or Miramar locations. Bonus points for the non-dairy folk out there – their entire range comes in oat milk, too.
161B Willis Street, Te Aro, Wellington
One of the coolest coffee shops in the city grew its reputation partly due to their amazing range of iced drinks – or as they call them, jar drinks.
Evil Twins have a range of iced beverages with a bit of a cult following around the city. Head into their Willis Street spot to grab a jar of their triple shot latte – an epic cold coffee made with oat milk. One jar is good for two serves so grab one to keep in the office fridge or to share with your bestie, unless you’re needing that extra shot of juice yourself. If you’re looking for something a bit different, pick up a jar of iced matcha, iced chocolate or their delicious peach iced tea. Their jar drinks are also stocked at on-campus cafes at Victoria University and Massey University, and are available for delivery via their website.
New Chapter Coffee Brewers
5 Bunny Street, Pipitea, Wellington
Across the road from Wellington’s busy railway station is New Chapter Coffee Brewers.
Owned by veteran barista Long Nguyen, who has both competed and judged at the New Zealand Barista Championships, you know you’re in for a top-quality coffee when you visit. While Long is an expert at traditional coffees, the café’s cold brews are in a league of their own.
They make a traditional, single origin cold brew, which changes beans daily. The star of the show however is their creative cold brew. Called “The Original”, there’s nothing standard about this drink. The Original was dreamed up by Long in his first New Zealand Barista Championship, and combines cold brew, orange dandelion Six Barrel Soda and is topped with a toasted cinnamon quill, served over ice.