Craig Miller is a self-employed coffee roaster and barista. Over the last 20 years Craig has worked at writing a history of coffee as it sits within New Zealand’s hospitality industry.
This book looks at the 1st wave of coffee, where a new form of hospitality came into play. These were coffee houses. Coffee houses are defined as places where a cup of coffee is the central offering. The rise of the coffee house from 1939-1979 saw them become the dominant (non-alcoholic) refreshment room within New Zealand hospitality scene. The rise of the coffee house from 1939-1979 was the most pronounced in Wellington. They set the hospitality standard benchmarks. the three benchmarks were: coffee blending and roasting; the standard of serve; the fit out of the coffee house interior. Why this happened in Wellington at this time is explained.
This book is a highly graphic account of the first wave, including the coffee, the people, the city of Wellington and the change in our social environment from 1939-1979. Graphics are used to illustrate this history which includes work by some of New Zealand’s finest artists.