There are few places, as a visitor to a foreign city, that have the potential to make you reconsider your travel plans in order to taste one more freshly-roasted sip. Kokako in Auckland’s gentrified Grey Lynn district is one such place. Riding and defining the wave of fairtrade coffee in New Zealand, Kokako roasts on-site, providing an ethical cup of coffee that you wish you could take with you. For those with such desire, they have created their own, intelligently branded cold-brew coffee for you to take home.
In the business now for twelve years and counting, Kokako has, with new owners and an ever-expanding vision, really put themselves on the map for their sublime offering. The staff will treat you well and are trained to answer all questions you may have. Be it tricky caffeine-related pearlers around the Hario V60 Dripper/Pour Over, or the secret ingredient behind the Maori Potato Salad. The décor is thoughtfully considered and with the gentle buzz of the micro-roaster in the background, you’ll hit Planet Zen in no time.
With a menu that boasts vegetarian and gluten-free delights, from a chocolate quinoa breakfast to a Mexican egg dish that will rival any in freshness and flavour, Kokako, while not strictly in the Auckland CBD is well worth the detour for any traveller or coffee fan. Add this gem to your itinerary today!