Coun­try’s best cafes com­pete

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Pon­sonby cafe Bam­bina is in the run­ning to be­come New Zealand’s top cafe.

The es­tab­lish­ment is one of three Auck­land eater­ies in the fi­nal of the 2013 NZ Cafe of the Year Awards, as voted by cus­tomers.

It is now up to the judges to choose the over­all win­ner from the 18 fi­nal­ists across six re­gions. Con­sis­tency is a key cri­te­ria so cafes could be vis­ited more than once by un­der cover judges.

Pa­per Moon in Mairangi Bay and Mt Eden’s Cir­cus Cir­cus are the other Auck­land en­tries.

The com­pe­ti­tion is now in its sec­ond year and at­tracted votes from more than 45,000 peo­ple na­tion­wide.

The win­ner is an­nounced in early De­cem­ber and its own­ers drive away in a Fiat 500S.

Head judge Kerry Ty­ack says judges are ‘‘hugely im­pressed’’ by the record num­ber of en­tries.

‘‘Cafe cul­ture is thriv­ing in large mea­sures be­cause of the dis­cern­ment and ex­pec­ta­tions of cof­fee and tea lovers.’’

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