Coffee review - Scotts on Ward
Angela Cuming gives her verdict on Waikato's cafe scene.
Cafe: Scotts on Ward
What I had: A cup of New Zealand breakfast tea
I have long been well-versed in various hipster scenes. I was around in Bondi Beach when Ksubi was still spelt with a T and Kim Kardashian would visit as part of Paris Hilton's entourage.
Now I am older, I am perhaps a little less wise to the hipster world. But, like a credit card drawn to a sale on patent leather heels, one can always be drawn back to the flame.
It was a bright and brisk Wednesday morning when I made it to Scotts on Ward. It's a cafe whose advertising hoarding promises "urban takeaway". Urban takeaway? Now that was one I had never heard of.
Interest piqued, I wandered in, now slightly conscious of my warm and practical-woollen-jumper-and-black-tights outfit. The place looked so shiny and white and sleek, I was afraid they may sense my aversion to all things hipster and send me across the road to Burger King instead.
But the staff were as lovely and non-fussy as the decor and I ordered my cup of tea and took a seat at the front communal table.
I shared my table with a couple of chippies who talked about, well, carpentry. So far, no hipsters. An academic type ordered a cheese and chive scone, a mother and daughter in gummies came in for a coffee. Was this the new cool?
Then my tea arrived and I realised I was being charged $3 for a tiny glass of tea, with a small jug of milk. No teapot, no honey. It was minimalism on a new level.
It was almost a relief. This place was cool after all. Pity the price of my cuppa wasn't.
DID YOU KNOW?
Afternoon tea was "invented" by Anna, Duchess of Bedford (1783-1857), wife of the 7th Duke, in 1840 as "a way to quell the inevitable hunger pangs between lunch and dinner".
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