Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Highlights - C1 Espresso Christchurch (Updated post)

We went to C1 yesterday morning - a quirky little caff that out-grunges Seattle and that also has (to the Junior Grendel's delight) a working Dr Who pinball machine and a shopping centre style pony ride (circa 1960-something).

We went to four cafes in our brief stay in Christchurch - only two of these were on my list, the other two were walk-ins and I have to say that I am impressed with everything I have seen here so far.

C1 had great coffee - roasted by C4, good service (which is particularly handy when you have small ones in tow) and the food was exceptional. I had eggs benedict on the best bagel I have ever had in my life!

The ristretto was served in a heavy-bottomed glass, ideal for the purpose and was a good balance between acidity and savoury.

The flat white was well balanced with the espresso sitting nicely above the milk on the palate. Mrs Grendel had a cappuccino - also superb. This turned out to be her favourite cafe of the trip so they must have got everything right!

C1 - great cafe, great style and great coffee.

Who: C1
What: Great coffee and choice nosh
Where: 150 High Street, Christchurch 8142, New Zealand
Contact: 64 3 379 1917
When: 16 September 2009
Accessibility: Tricky
Web: C1 Espresso


  1. So it really is the coffee tour of NZ

  2. I have been crook with Gastro- really sick- perhaps I picked up the bug coming home from the airport. Glad you haven't reported likewize for all of you.


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