Preservatorium Cafe & Cannery


In this episode, we interview the owner/proprietor of Preservatorium Cafe & Cannery. This is a very new cafe that has just opened on Webb Street, in Wellington. We interviewed Peter Thompson, a Dunedin native, who came to Wellington a couple years ago, specifically to build and open this new cafe.

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In the interview, Peter discusses the reasons for coming to Wellington, and talks about the long, but fruitful journey to open this wonderful cafe.

In addition to various coffee beverages made with People’s coffee, Preservatorium Cafe & Cannery offers a wide selection of cabinet, including all manner of sweet and savoury dishes, as well as breakfast/brunch items from you can order off the blackboard. All of the food is made in-house.

There is plenty of space in this well-lit cafe, both inside and out, with tables and chairs that were hand-made by craftsmen right here in the Wellington region.

Not only can you purchase food off the menu or from the cabinet, but as the name suggests, Preservatorium Cafe & Cannery offers sales of various preserves and pickles; again, all made in-house. And if you want to try before you buy, all meals purchased are served with their pickles, relishes and jams. Peter has even discussed the idea of holding special events where customers can come in and learn the craft of preserving foods for themselves. He also has future aspirations to expand its current weekday trading hours to include a special Sunday roast offering as well!

Have a listen to the episode (link above) and go check out the good food and drink at Preservatorium Cafe & Cannery!



Instant Coffee Playoffs

We’re Not Coffee Snobs

Instant Coffee Playoff Round 1

Screaming Turtle Cruise Vs Robert Harris Il Roma

Up to this point in the podcast, most of our content is reviews of cafes that we like here in the Wellington region. But, as the tagline of the podcast says:

We’re your source for coffee and cafe related news and reviews

So for the next little while, we’re going to be interspersing our reviews of cafes with some reviews of coffee…instant coffee, that is.

Kristie and I really do like our coffee, but I wouldn’t say that we’re coffee aficionados either. Sure, we both like a good flat white or cafe latte when we’re out, but when we’re at home, we pretty much only drink brewed coffee. So, you can see that we’re not really coffee snobs.

That being said, both of us usually try to avoid instant coffee like we try to avoid botulism contaminated milk (Kiwi’s get this). I will occasionally have an instant coffee at work, when I’m too busy, or too cheap to get out of the office to buy a real coffee, but the only reason that I am drinking it, is to get a caffeine boost. My boss at work calls the instant coffee we have at work: “worse than floor sweepings!” …Hi praise indeed!

That being said, I do know that there are a lot of people out there who prefer instant coffee over fresh-ground coffee beans, or fancy-schmancy coffee; Kristie’s dad is a good example of this. Whenever they come over, we always have to buy a jar of Nescafe for him, while we drink real coffee!

But we had noticed that on the shelves of many of the supermarkets here, there is a broad selection of instant coffees! Not just in terms of brands, but also different flavours per brand. For instance, I think in one supermarket, I saw 5 different flavours of Robert Harris brand instant coffee alone! So, to make a long story short…Too Late! Kristie and I are going to be doing an Instant Coffee playoff.

Interspersed with our regular podcasts, we’re going to bring you a round of instant coffee playoff action! The first round, which will be coming up shortly, will be between Screaming Turtle Cruise Vs Robert Harris Il Roma.
With all of the instant coffee that is available here in NZ, these playoffs, could last longer than the NHL playoffs!

So stay tuned, and let us know your thoughts!


Chocolate Frog Cafe


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This week we reviewed the Chocolate Frog Cafe. The Chocolate Frog has been around since 1999, and is a cafe built inside Palmer’s Garden Centre in Miramar. The cafe seats about 20-30 in the cafe itself, but it also has a patio which is built into the greenhouse of the garden centre. So in addition to having the shelter of a roof over your head, you also have the outdoor experience due to all the plants!

The Chocolate from is constantly busy, but the line-ups move quite quickly and there always seems to be a free table. We have been there quite a few times, and have never had an issue getting a table – though there is usually only one or two left. And we mostly get one when there is just the two of us.

Despite a constant wave of people moving in and out, the tables are always bused promptly, meaning that you will almost always get a free and clean table. The tables and chairs are all hand painted cafe style seating with kitschy art and amusing sayings, which adds to the ambiance of the cafe.

The counter where you order has a jam packed cabinet for food ready to go, such as cakes, pies, sandwiches, wraps, slices, etc. They also have a great selection from their menu. Leo ordered the Chocolate Frog Vege Breakfast which consists of: two free range eggs: Poached, scrambled or fried.
Cooked Spinach, Sauteed mushrooms, potato cake, tomato and toast.  You get all of this for $19.50, which is kind of expensive, but if you measure it to the amount of food and the price you’d pay in other cafes here in NZ, it is probably not too bad.

Kristie ordered the Little Mama breakfast, which is a free range scrambled egg with cheese, bacon and hollandaise sauce, served in a cup. Kristie describes the dish as a deconstructed Eggs Benedict. Her dish cost $10.00; not bad at all for Wellington!

Leo ordered his eggs sunny-side up, and when being served, one of them was served over easy, as the egg yoke had broken while cooking. The server pointed this out to me as I was being served and said that the chef was preparing another egg for me according to my order. I mentioned that it wasn’t necessary, and they told me that the chef had insisted on it. I think this shows as a great example of phenomenal customer service as well as uncompromising commitment to quality.

Leo has ordered this particular meal twice in the past, which goes to show that the quality of the dish is wonderful; it is a huge meal, and all of the different veggies compliment the entire dish extremely well. The contrast between the earthy taste of the spinach against the meaty texture of the sauteed mushrooms worked really well with the rest of the dish as a whole

Kristie described her dish as: very yum; very rich! The cup size was just right.

For this visit to The Chocolate Frog, we didn’t order any coffees as Kristie ordered a Chai Tea Latte, which she loved, and Leo ordered got a hot chocolate. We have gotten their coffee before, and it is solid. Nothing to write home about, but very good.


All ratings are on a 5 point scale
  • Cleanliness: 4 (but 5 in the greenhouse part)
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Food Quality: 4
  • Price: 5
  • Overall Rating: 4.6



Average coffee consumption per day


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I found this interesting statistic on showing the average daily consumption of coffee in the US, and it got me thinking… on average, how much coffee would you say you drink on a given day?

I know that personally I drink about 2-3 cups a day, but what about everyone else?  Take a second and add your results to the poll.