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.
The natural light-filled café serves Fair Trade coffee roasted in their in-house roaster – wittily named Jailbreaker Roastery – and offers a strong brunch menu. The Brioche French Toast (with bacon, maple syrup, mascarpone and confit orange, topped with crushed roast pistachio) and the Buttermilk Waffles (with Kohu Rd ice-cream and berry compote) are awesome.
As part of the co-op, there is even a self-service laundry for café-goers to wash and dry their clothes. (Makes one wonder if there are any customers hanging around in their undies, sipping on a flat white, while waiting for the tumble cycle to complete.)
Addington Coffee Co-op redistributes 70% of the profits back to the Christchurch community and to some of the overseas producers and communities that create the products they carry. Here is a space where the locals feel like they belong. Scratch that: it’s not just the locals; even visitors like us feel the sense of belonging. It’s a beautiful, generous, joyful place.
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在這當兒到Addington Coffee Co-op可說是別具意義，
因為Addington Coffee Co-op除了提供好咖啡和食物外，
Addington Coffee Co-op
297 Lincoln Rd, Addington, Christchurch, New Zealand
Mon-Fri 7:30am-4pm / Sat & Sun 9am-4pm