Coffee review - Milk and Honey

Cafe: Milk and Honey.
Cafe: Milk and Honey.

Cafe: Milk and Honey, Level four, Talkingtech, corner Alexandra and Caro streets, Hamilton.

Beans: Fair Trade Jail Break beans from Christchurch.

Cost: By koha.

It was a grey and rainy morning in Hamilton and it was making me feel rather nostalgic for my favourite city in the world, London.

With no underground filled with free Metro newspapers and unsmiling commuters to quench my London thirst, I wandered along Alexandra St until I stumbled into the land of milk and honey. Literally, I did. Milk and Honey just may be the greatest thing to happen to the Waikato coffee scene since the first professional barista machine arrived a fair few years ago.

With its crisp white and wooden trimmings, retro light fittings, old milk bottles to serve water and just plain cool vibe, it would fit in well in London or even Melbourne's fickle cafe scene.

When it's a clear day, you can see all the Waikato's mountain ranges.

I enjoyed my free wi-fi, a selection of cool magazines and a choice of vegan and non-vegan sweet and savoury treats from Hazel Hayes.

My flat white was served to a soundtrack of funky jazz beats and came in a colourful and welcomed mismatched cup and saucer set.

And the best thing? All profits go to overseas aid projects, like building schools in India or libraries in Mozambique. Food and beverages are charged by koha, so you pay as little or (and please do this) as much as you like. And yes, the flat white was excellent.

So now you really can solve the world's problems over a cup of coffee.


Although coffee was the first, most commonly fair-trade-certified product, other fair-trade imports include bananas, chocolate, honey, tea, sugar, orange juice and indigenous handicrafts.