According to Wikipedia and other reliable sources (@hornykitten), 29 September is New Zealand National Coffee Day, with International Coffee Day following close on its heels on 1 October.
In any case, living in New Zealand’s real coffee capital means we don’t need a special excuse to celebrate coffee, buuuut give us an excuse and we’ll take it 😉
Long before the rest of the country became obsessed with the liquid black gold (and its flat, white counterpart), in 1952 a man by the name of Bob opened a delicatessen on Garden Place. With the aid of imported percolators, grinders and coffee machines, Bob began blending coffee beans and servicing European clientele, with a view to awakening Kiwi tastebuds.
Ahead of his time, Bob offered three grinds: fine, medium or coarse, and if customers moved out of Hamilton, he would post them their coffee by mail in brown paper bags tied with string (rumour has it Bob is still the envy of hipster baristas everywhere).
While he went by the unassuming name of ‘Bob’, amongst Hamiltonians and friends, the rest of the country now knows him as Robert Harris – the original GodFather of New Zealand Coffee.
Proof that we are not a one-hit wonder, Hamilton and the wider Waikato have continued to produce exceptional coffee roasters, cafes and cafe culture.
Rocket Coffee, Essenza, Manuka Brothers and Raglan Roast are only a few Hamilton names that have cities like Wellington mistakenly claiming they have ‘good coffee’.
Coffee houses are the new public houses, and a visit to one in the middle of the day can yield any number of treasures, from new friends to exceptional cake (another Hamiltonian pastime), to breakthrough ideas (#lovethetron was conceived in a Hamilton coffee shop, after all).
More recently, local coffee fanatics have been finding each other on the internet and meeting to wax lyrical about their mutual love of coffee. The Hamilton Coffee Club is a group of Hamilton twitterati who have started to meet at various inner city cafes to discuss the inner workings of the bean.
Led by local coffee blogger @LyssaCecilia and joined by other tweeters and particularly enthusiastic members of the Hamilton Mafia Project, we’re expecting big insights and discoveries in the realm of coffee (and also the general whereabouts of one @BrianSquair, who is apparently apt to go M.I.A.).
And just as a wee reminder of exactly how much Hamiltonians are into coffee, here is your #lovethetron roundup of Coffee in the Tron.