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Wellington, coffee city

cafe tea towel

A Coffee Guide to Wellington

“This tea towel, probably from the mid-1960s provides a coffee guide to Wellington, complete with descriptions of the type of food served in each café.”

Wellington café culture + media gallery

“Wellington’s café culture is today an integral part of its identity as a city. This culture began in the 1930s with the arrival of the milk bar, followed closely by coffee houses in the 1950s. After a period of decline in the 1960s and 70s, the city’s café scene has grown in spectacular fashion over the last 20 years…”

midnight espresso

Cafés and civic life have long interested scholars of space and culture, and Wellington is considered one of the best cities in the world for drinking coffee. Midnight Espresso, located stumbling distance from my office,  is where I most often procure the flat whites (and cheese scones) that sustain my work. But after seeing this strangely fascinating coffee log, I’ve been careful to make sure most of that money goes to our holiday fund instead.