Coffee is the most popular drink worldwide, with estimates saying around two billion cups are consumed every day (we interrupt this story to remind everyone to bring their re-usable coffee cups when ordering takeaways).
So, whether you call it java, cuppa joe, kawhi, kawhe, daily grind, rocket fuel, jitter juice or anything else, if you’re among the coffee drinkers in the world, you’re certainly not alone.
The team members here are no strangers to the wonders of the bean either, so we thought we’d share a few favourites in and around town, and why. This list is ordered by location and definitely not exhaustive – there are many more great barista-made coffees in Rotorua.
A highly caffeinated city centre
Relative newcomer Boasters is a fantastic place to meet up with friends or colleagues for a fantastic coffee or two. The baristas know what they’re doing, and the team roasts their own beans out back.
If you need a bit of brekky, morning tea or lunch, check out the great supply of fresh-made pastries, slices, cheese scones, and gourmet sandwiches (some of these treats made by locally loved Guidough's), plus smoothies and even cereal served with a little glass bottle of locally produced and bottled Volcanic Creamery milk.
Grab a book from the book exchange, sit back and solve all the world’s problems while you enjoy the vibe and the freshest coffee available.
What they’re serving: their own blend roasted onsite
Where to find them: 1180 Haupapa Street
What they’re serving: Organic, fair trade Organico beans roasted in Auckland
Where to find them: 1181 Eruera Street
What they’re serving: Fair trade organically grown Kōkako coffee roasted in Auckland
Where to find them: 1149 Tutanekai St, just a block up from Eat Streat
Located inside Vetro Mediterranean Foods, Revolver’s coffees (and food) are consistently good. Enjoy a seat at the communal farmer’s table while finding cooking inspiration from one of the culinary magazines and books stacked along the table.
What they’re serving: a secret custom blend of two distinct coffee origins which they roast themselves here in Rotorua
Where to find them: 1131 Amohau Street, inside Vetro Mediterranean Foods
Delicious coffee + award-winning service + possibly the best sweets cabinet in town = winning combination. Scope’s quality products and cosy atmosphere have created a loyal following and you’ll often see owner Dana out on the floor greeting her regulars by name.
What they’re serving: award-winning Altura coffee roasted in Auckland
Where to find them: 1296 Tutanekai Street
What they’re serving: New Zealand-roasted Coffee Supreme
Where to find them: 1153 Pukuatua Street
Head to the east side
Known as New Zealand’s best eco-friendly café, Okere Falls Store offers a great garden in which to enjoy great coffee al fresco, plus they’ve got sustainable yummy food to go with said coffee.
Okere Falls Store
What they’re serving: Rocket Coffee Roasters in Hamilton
Where to find them: 759 State Highway 33, Okere Falls
Just a little south of the city centre
Ciabatta’s variety of coffees, delicious sweet treats, sandwiches and freshly baked bread make a trip to the industrial area worth it. Their Banoffee Coffee (banana + toffee) is a long-time fave, and they’ve recently created Banocolatte, a banana and chocolate latte. To die for!
What they’re serving: gourmet blends from Atlas Power Coffee in Auckland
Where to find them: 38 White Street
What they’re serving: Arabica beans roasted over mānuka wood by Hamilton-based Manuka Brothers’ Coffee in a home-built wood-fired roaster named Black Betty
Where to find them: mountain bike car park, Waipa State Mill Road
If you’ve got a lazy weekend morning, you can’t beat a steaming cuppa while overlooking the steamy views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Plus, once your liquid gold is finished, you can eat the cup (it’s made of cookies!) and spoon. There’s no entry fee to the café, but we highly recommend making time and buying tickets to see this amazing geothermal wonderland.
What they’re serving: Halo beans roasted in Auckland
Where to find them: 587 Waimangu Road
Anywhere you are
What they’re serving: single origins from Papua New Guinea, Colombia and Honduras, and their own blends with fun names like Huntaway, Jack Russell, and this writer’s favourite, Rottweiler
Where to find them: wherever you are (as long as you’ve pre-ordered via their website)
FUN FACT: The caffeine in coffee is the most commonly used psychoactive drug in the world.