There are so many great places in Auckland to drink coffee. Some have great locations, some have comfy chairs and free wifi and don’t mind if you hang out for hours with your laptop, some are great for people-watching, and some are just great for the attention they give to making coffees. Grind on High is one of those.
The cafe is on trendy High Street at Number 51. It’s a narrow space with bar seating on either wall, complimentary iPads, and a couple of street- side tables. All the gorgeous muffins, scones, sandwiches and salads are made from scratch every day in the tiny kitchen at the back of the cafe. The award-winning Breakfast Boccadias (scrambled eggs, basil, and tomato relish in a home baked roll) was delicious and for $10.30 including a coffee it was very reasonable, which is always a nice find in trendy central Auckland.
The coffee is made with love and it shows. In fact, barista Takahito told me that he had spent hours practising for the national latte art competition which was to take place a few days after my visit. The pattern on top of my trim flat white was delicate and pretty and, as it turned out, good enough to give Takahito 3rd place. The owner of Grind on High owns a boutique coffee bean roasting company – toasted espresso – so you’d expect the coffee to taste as good as it looks, and it did.
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