The morning light is slow like honey, the thick and undulating sort, not its runny cousin. Dawn seems to arrive so much earlier during summer, even down under. It’s tempting to stay in bed and draw the curtains closer but addicts that we are, we need coffee.

Christchurch, the city centre at least, still bears scars from the earthquake that wrecked buildings and lives four years ago. This makes it all the more meaningful that we are getting our morning cuppa at a café that is part of a larger organisation that gives back to the community – Addington Coffee Co-op.

Located on Lincoln Roald, Addington Coffee Co-op is a former mechanic’s workshop turned into a café and roastery. Much of the architectural features now rare in post-earthquake Christchurch is carefully preserved.

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Pulp by Singaporean-based coffee company Papa Palheta has been the epicentre of all things specialty coffee in Bangsar since opening a little over a year ago. From sourcing and roasting beans to serving coffee and selling espresso machines and brewing equipment in its café, Pulp does it all.

Yet few of Pulp’s customers, including diehard regulars, know of their spectacular coffee appreciation classes and workshops called C-Platform.

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First opened in 2008, Good One is Coffee Supreme’s flagship café in Auckland. Unlike most cafés which would prefer locations facing the main street, Good One is hidden in a tiny back lane in Ponsonby. The choice is inspired: its former life as a manufacturing building can be seen in the high ceilings and ample natural light coming in through the large windows.

The main feature of the café has to be an incredible collection of National Geographic magazines – over 4,500 of them! – apparently bought during an auction. Hence the white space is accentuated here and there by spots of yellow that is the trademark spines of the magazine as well as hand painted signage.

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