An impromptu drive over to Lyttelton to find awesome coffee led us to the Lyttelton Coffee Co. And boy-oh-boy did we find awesome coffee?! The day has finally arrived – I was so impressed by the incredibly delicious coffee that it officially gets my first 5 outta 5 coffee bean rating on the blog!
I was immediately impressed with the open, industrial space; high ceilings, exposed brick… ah, it made my heart flutter. Seriously, I wanted to move in. It was a cold day when we visited but even though a cool breeze made it’s way through the cafe every time a door opened, it still felt quite cosy and warm. We picked a seat right in the front for prime people watching positioning, and to soak in the ray of sunshine that was hitting the entrance way.
The cabinet was filled with lots of delicious looking food, and there was plenty of people chowing down with content looks on their faces. The food definitely had an upmarket feel – interesting combinations, healthy options and a homemade charm.
You can’t really see it too well in the photo, but the menu was just as difficult to read in real life. I’m sure there were menu’s on the counter, and if you squinted and focused carefully you could make out most of the options on the board but I felt like maybe it should have been reserved for the specials. That being said, I loved the layout of the front counter and that the espresso machine was the focal point as you walked in the door.
It was a lovely sunny day, so was pretty busy so I can appreciate that the staff were under the pump, but unfortunately the girl that served us wasn’t very friendly. I’m a pretty friendly, warm person so am always disappointed when I get a cold response to my greeting. She wasn’t rude but slightly lessened my excitement for trying out this cafe. I’ll just put it down to her having a bad day, and hope for a happier welcome next visit.
I love cafes and it takes a whole combination of factors for me to fall in love with a cafe, but number one is an excellent coffee. And this place, to date, is now officially at the top of my favourite places for EPIC coffee. Lyttelton Coffee Co totally knock it out of the park when it comes to roasting beans and their barista is a champion (maybe not actually, but if it were a legit competition, he’d be getting my vote!). The temperature was perfect, the microfoam was on point and the coffee was full, strong and left the most delicious, lingering after taste. Mmm-mmm!
As you know, we’re always on the hunt for some gluten free goodies on our cafe missions and were pretty excited to discover they had a GF Chocolate Espresso cake. Before I even had a chance to snap a photo with it, half of it was gobbled up… full of flavour, deliciously moist (tee hee) and worthy of 2 thumbs up. We’ll be coming back here for sure!
Space: Large industrial space.
Coffee: Lyttelton Coffee Co – 5 outta 5
Address: 29 London Street, Lyttelton, Christchurch
Open: Mon-Fri 7am-4pm. Sat-Sun 8am-4pm
Check out their website here