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Caffeine lovers in the capital try out a new event

Mar 25th, 2014 | By | Category: Latest News, News

THE END is near for Caffeine Awareness Month but it seems Wellingtonian’s have been little affected by the international celebration.

Caffeine Awareness Month aims to get people thinking about how much coffee they consume in a day.

In a recent article published by Newswire, the news got out that CNN had selected Wellington as one of the best spots in the world to get coffee.

Newswire’s ANNEKA PAUL set out to ask the people of Wellington how much caffeine they consume in the capital.


A STRONG DOSE of caffeine hit Wellington’s waterfront this weekend in the form of the Caffeination festival.

Caffeination showcased coffee products at the waterfront venue, Shed 6.

Caffeination is the first coffee festival in New Zealand to be endorsed by the New Zealand Specialty Coffee Association.

The association represents specialty coffee stakeholders in New Zealand.

The aim of Caffeination was to educate and showcase the best coffee products the country has to offer.

Exhibitors came from Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Palmerston North and New South Wales.

Free coffee, Fairtrade talks and demonstrations were included.

Wellington event director Dean Bradley says coffee has become a part of people lives.

“People do business around coffee. The behaviour of coffee drinkers is different from Cuba – more relaxed – to Lambton, the business end,” he says.

“Wellington is perceived as the coffee capital.”

But Sandra Clendon, co-owner of Auckland’s Green Bean House and exhibitor at Caffeination, disputes the title.

“We have lots of cool stuff going on, Auckland has lighter roasts but we are both rocking it,” she says.

The Huhtamaki New Zealand Barista Championship was also held at Shed 6 during the event.

Mr Bradley says he was excited to holding the event alongside the barista competition.

Newswire’s ANNEKA PAUL went to have a look at the coffee festival.

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