At Workshop Specialty Coffee, you’ll find washed timber tables – both communal and individual – a white tiled bar facade, low-hanging lights and copper tones.
The space brings the popular Nordic style adopted by inner-city cafes to the suburbs, making it an inviting, spacious hang out for families with prams, couples, large groups and those after a quick coffee before they hop on the train to work.
The coffee is sourced from Coffee Cartel Roasters. Given that the trio of brothers who own the cafe are from good coffee-brewing stock (their parents own Oak Room Cafe in Ashburton), you can expect a great cup.
A great food offering is also on the cards. Workshop’s head chef Harry Hajisava has spent several years working overseas at Michelin Star restaurants, as well as with the likes of Michel Roux, whose influence stars on the menu.
As a result, the menu might feature Michel Roux’s Caribbean crab salad with avocado, tomato mousse and toast; or even crumbed lambs brains. This isn’t your usual cafe fare.
Workshop is exactly as its name connotes – a learning experience that aims to teach people about great coffee and re-define what cafe food embodies.