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!