One­hunga has Auck­land’s best cof­fee maker!

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Look­ing for the best cup of cof­fee in Auck­land? Then head straight over to Colum­bus Cof­fee in One­hunga.

That’s where you’ll find Ryan Clarke who has just won the New Zealand Latte Art Com­pe­ti­tion and also came fifth (and the top Auck­land barista) in the New Zealand Barista Com­pe­ti­tion.

Ryan, who the fam­ily busi­ness five years ago, has now bought the suc­cess­ful cafe. By his reck­on­ing he must have made over 400,000 cups of cof­fee in the last few years – and all that prac­tice cer­tainly helped in his suc­cess at the 2008 com­pe­ti­tions in Welling­ton.

“It’s great to work in a busi­ness where we have a great rap­port with our reg­u­lar cus­tomers,” he says. “We know most of them by their first name, and have al­most be­come part of their ex­tended fam­ily.

“Drop in any­time and you’ll find busi­ness peo­ple hav­ing a meet­ing, friends and fam­ily en­joy­ing some ‘time out’ over a cup of cof­fee or a snack.

“Our mis­sion is to make their time with us as per­fect as pos­si­ble – a place where. our cus­tomers can en­joy be­ing in our ‘com­fort zone’,” Ryan sug­gests.

There’s a real sense of grandeur about the stylish early 1900 build­ing, whether you’re en­joy­ing a meal sit­ting out front; in the main room; the private board­room or out in the peace­ful court­yard.

Apart from a few spe­cialty cakes, ev­ery­thing on our ex­ten­sive menu is freshly baked on the premises, in­clud- ing The Lot (big break­fast), Jose Span­ish break­fast, and the hugely pop­u­lar Eggs Bene­dict, plus Cae­sar salad and potato gnoc­chi.

While they spe­cialise in a huge range of cof­fees, they also pro­vide a choice of de­light­ful teas – served of course in beau­ti­ful Royal Doul­ton china!

Colum­bus Cof­fee in One­hunga must have the most beau­ti­ful venue of any Colum­bus out­let, be­ing lo­cated in the for­mer One­hunga Post Of­fice on the cor­ner of Princes St and One­hunga Mall.

They’re open 7am-5pm week­days; 8am-5pm Satur­day and Sun­day. Phone 622-2819.

Colum­bus Cof­fee: Ryan with man­ager Gemma, out­side Colum­bus Cof­fee in One­hunga.

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