There appears to be an affinity between specialty coffee and cute, furry rabbits. At least it seems that way: we’ve visited Alice in Wonderland-inspired White Rabbit Room in Munich and a “warren” of Casa Lapin cafés in Bangkok (Lapin being French for, what else, rabbit), and enjoyed beans roasted by Rabbithole Coffee in Hong Kong.

Our latest “beans and bunny” encounter is Red Rabbit Coffee Co., a café and roastery in Wellington, New Zealand. Founded by Kiwi barista Steve Barrett, who had previously worked at Square Mile Coffee Roasters in Leeds, UK, Red Rabbit is unassuming and unpretentious. Our kind of café.

Expect excellent espressos courtesy of Red Rabbit’s Kees van der Westen Spirit (a customised and rather dear espresso machine). Go with their flat white if you like milk coffee with less milk and more of a kick. The filter coffee menu is nothing to sniff at either: with a trio of single origin beans and different brewing methods (Chemex, V60, or Swiss Gold) at any one time, there’s a cuppa for every palate.

Roasting is done in-house; it’s hard not to notice their Probat roaster and bags of green beans at the back of the café. Don’t forget to try some of the baked goodies by Leeds Street Bakery, a small artisan bakery next door. The freshly baked treats are supplied through a rather cute hole in the wall. A “rabbit hole”, yes?

Enjoy your cuppa and a chat with the baristas: they’re some of the friendliest we’ve met anywhere in the world.

拜訪過了曼谷的兔子屋Casa Lapin和慕尼黑的白兔房White Rabbit Room,
這次我們來到遠在南半球紐西蘭的紅兔子咖啡公司Red Rabbit Coffee Co。
不同大陸塊的咖啡館,卻同樣的選了和兔子有關的名字,
兔子和咖啡好像有著不可言喻的親密關係呢。
這家小巧的紅兔子位於威靈頓的Leeds St尾端,
簡單不造作的裝潢予人樸實無華的感覺。
無論是室外或館內,總有一個適合你的舒適角落。

這里所用的豆子都是由自家烘焙,
無論是單品手沖黑咖啡又或是意式奶咖啡都很不錯。
人客不多時,咖啡師還會來聊上幾句,
告訴我們附近那裡有好咖啡,人情味濃濃的一家咖啡館。
咖啡館里除了咖啡香,還瀰漫著淡淡的麵包香氣,
這香氣的源頭來自隔壁的烘焙坊。
兩家店之間有個聯通的小洞口,
新鮮出爐的一些糕點就擺在那,非常的誘人。
喝咖啡的當兒,配上新鮮的糕點,是一件非常幸福的事哦。


Red Rabbit Coffee Co.
Hannah Factory Laneway, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Mon-Fri 7:30am-3:30pm / Sat 8:30am-4pm / Sun closed
+64-4-8024278
redrabbitcoffee.co.nz

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September 5, 2015

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