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.
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!
Proudly serving People’s coffee.
Sweets to tempt you.
Savoury to nourish you.
Brunch off the board, if you’re not into cabinet food.
Staff behind the counter
Peter Thompson: Owner, Operator, and Coffee Guy!
Hand-crafted furniture, painted bright and inviting.
Wide selection of pickles, relishes and jams and other preserves.
For the younger set.
Warm lighting…even when they’re turned off.
Hand made stools by the window to watch the world go by.
In our beta episode, we mentioned that one of the reasons we wanted to create this podcast, was because we aren’t the kind of people who go in for fancy-schmancy restaurants. We enjoy good food and good coffee without all the pretense that is often associated with a high-brow, high-priced restaurant. Thankfully, we found a cafe that seems to match with our ideals when it comes to coffee in Raglan Roast.
In this episode, rather than simply adding our own review, we’ll let Raglan Roast speak for themselves. We interviewed the manager of Raglan Roast (Wellington), Jed Creser, a remarkably well informed young man when it comes to coffee and cafes in NZ.
In the interview, I think that you’ll find that Jed is passionate about what he does, and I think if you get the chance to experience a coffee poured by him, you will taste the difference passion makes.
*A note on the cleanliness and atmosphere: Although the cafe was quite clean, this isn’t a cafe for people who like everything in it’s proper place. This is a cafe that has a rough (by design) interior; it has a bohemian quality. It is a place built by surfers, for people who want good coffee, not pristine surroundings.
That being said, there are some couches that could stand a bit of repair, but this was touched on by Jed in the interview.
More examples of the use of a local artist’s flare.
Have a seat. Take a load off.
Jed serving his customers.
Jed Creser…or at least the back of his head.
Local artist allowed free rein on the cafe’s interior.
Using their coffee burlap sacks as part of the décor.
Bureau…I checked, there was no clothes in it.
Comfy chairs to lounge and have a read while enjoying your coffee.
Some of their merchandise.
Surf gear for sale as well as selling lessons.
A local fashion designer selling footwear out of the coffee shop. Cool!