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Last updated 09:57 24/04/2012
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C4 proved it had the best coffee, while Hummingbird was the place deemed best for food.

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C4 embraces industrial chic.

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Can you choose a place for its coffee and expect a good lunch?

C4, 278 Tuam St - 4 stars - best coffee
At C4 headquarters, coffee is not only being served, it's being shifted around with forklifts. In the warehouse, with its industrial-chic café, coffee and a bagel can be eaten on comfy mismatched couches at tables propped up by milk crates, complete with glass bottles. It's new Christchurch at its best, with fantastic coffee to boot.
Coffee 4.5 stars
Food 3 stars
Location 4 stars


Hummingbird Café, Re:Start Cashel Mall - 4 stars - best food
This spot has it all. Food from fritters to ficelles and quality coffee to match. You can even buy a bag of Hummingbird's Re:Start blend to take home and plunge to your heart's content. It's great to sit in Cashel St mall, be serenaded by the busker of the day, and embrace containerdom.
Coffee 4 stars
Food 4.5 stars
Location 4 stars


Crafted Coffee Company, 119 Blenheim Rd, Riccarton - 3.5 stars
Finally, there's good reason to pull off the main drag and smell the coffee beans. Enter the café through the roastery from the car park out back, and be hit by coffee fumes and the dazzling red-and-white décor. Try the chicken Turkish sandwich from the well-stocked cabinet or a toastie from the menu, and wash it down with fine coffee.  
Coffee 4 stars
Food 3.5 stars
Location 3.5 stars


Ris'tretto Espresso, Café and Roastery, 670 Barbadoes St, Edgeware - 3 stars
A seat in the sun comes complete with complimentary shakes - but not of the milky kind. With each bus and truck travelling along Barbadoes St, the ground shudders, but as most Cantabrians are now used to that, we must move on. The coffee is good and we dare you to try a Buzz Bowl, with six shots of espresso in a basin of a cup. Salads, super-sized sausage rolls and cakes line the cabinet.
Coffee 3.5 stars
Food 3.5 stars
Location 3 stars


Vivace, 474 Tuam St - 3 stars
With the demolition of the popular Hereford St café, it was time to head to the source of the coffee, Vivace headquarters. We found the roastery café in full swing in a less-travelled stretch of Tuam St. A macchiato latte, accompanied by bacon-filled ciabatta, didn't disappoint. The décor was modest and understated. Vivace is a boon for those who work nearby, but somehow lacks the finesse of the Hereford St branch.
Coffee 3.5 stars
Food 3 stars
Location 3 stars

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