It may only be three weeks old, but the little Wednesdays Espresso Bar in the CBD seems well on its way to making an envious amount of friends. In the short time spent waiting for a caffeinated cup of daily motivation to be put into my hands – whilst staring up at a large black and white photograph of Queen Street from a time when trams stopped outside The Civic – two different people revealed themselves to be regulars. The first was greeted warmly and asked if he was having his usual long black, and the other promised she would see the duo behind the counter tomorrow morning.
This gave me high hopes that my flat white would get my day off to an excellent start, and it didn't disappoint. The organic beans from Kokako were shown a level of respect that produced a delightfully smooth brew. But one would really expect nothing less considering Wednesdays' young owner cut his teeth at the morally conscious coffee roaster. Tyler Kells' first solo venture took shape in the final weeks of last year, with him roping in his dad and brother to help paint the walls their attractive grey-blue colour. The natural wooden finish on the high table and stools at the café's large front window, and the white of the wall tiles and coffee machine complement the calming hue of the café's paintwork. This all combines to make Wednesdays an easy space to be in.
For a small establishment, the options on offer seem set to keep growing. The treats from Grey Lynn's Bread and Butter bakery that adorn the counter's slick glass cabinet, will soon be joined by equally tempting goods from up the road at Scratch Bakers. Those who favour their coffee sans dairy will soon be able to add the latest milk trend to their possible choices. Kells already has the usual offerings of soy and almond, he just needs to decide on the right brand of coconut – organic to match the coffee of course. What's more, if you prefer your coffee on the (much) colder side of hot then they have that covered too. The beer tap that cannot be missed when you walk in the door pours Kokako's specialty Nitro coffee – a cold brew mixed with nitrogen to produce a creamy finish. Or so I was told but unfortunately not able to try as the tap had just run dry. Not that it bothered me too much, as I had already decided to join the wave of regulars that stroll through the doors each morning. See you on Friday, Wednesdays.