Oh what an awful windy rainy day today, but determined to stick to our plan of trying a new cafe, this weekend it was to be Memphis Belle, I put on my gummies and hat and all other winter paraphernalia and we headed out.
A friend of ours was talking about Memphis Belle last weekend, we’d never heard of it, so looked it up and discovered it’s on Dixon Street just down from Cuba Mall in the toilet-end of the Oaks complex and is doing some single origin coffee in different styles (espresso, chemex etc).
The guys were wearing cool-dude hats, one of them a trilby (which we know means good coffee in New York) and they had a cabinet of baking, not all giant chocolate things so it was all looking good on first glance. There wasn’t a free seat in sight but by the time we’d ordered our flat whites and peanut butter cookie a little corner spot in the window freed up.
It was a really cool little place, great atmosphere, very smooth coffee (not beans I know (Flight from Napier) and I probably prefer the sweeter edge of Supreme still) and great baking – the peanut butter cookie brought tears to my eyes because it tasted almost like the ones I had in New York. It was cool sitting in the window watching the rain going every which way outside and people struggling to walk in a straight line.
They seem to have really great hours as well – we were there at 4pm on a Sunday afternoon and there was no loud counting of coins and no giant rolls of gladwrap on the counter or other signals that they were closing soon.