Thursday, September 25, 2014

Coffee General: the commanding presence in North Harbour

Across the bridge north of Auckland, there is a small coffee shop called Coffee General.  This gem is hidden at the far end of Birkenhead's high-street.  However, if you do get a chance to go outside New Zealand's largest city, please don't forget to put this on your list of places to get your caffeine fix.

Overall grade:  5.0/5.0

Unique charms:
  • Small and cozy
  • Friendly staff who like to share knowledge with you, particularly about the processes of making their different specialty drinks such as drip coffee.
  • Art is present in all parts of the coffee shop, from the front-of-house to the bathroom.
  • Service with a personal touch - the staff are curious to get to know about you and why you, as a tourist, made the trip from shining Auckland to sleepy Birkenhead.  Because of Coffee General coffee, of course!

Yet another coffee shop that has such a small sign.

Art on the bathroom wall

The friendly and welcoming barista

Advising a new staff member on the tricks to brewing drip coffee.

A complementary mini chocolate in the shape of a coffee bean

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