Cafe magazine announced their eigth annual awards for the best cafés in New Zealand: News: The 2006 Best Café Awards [].

Topping this year’s awards is Workman’s Café in rural Matamata. But given that the runner up. The Sticky Beak Café in Otatara, doesn’t even have an espresso machine, take these ratings with a grain of salt.

UPDATE: July 12, 2006
Still, reports from New Zealand indicate that the introduction of the Café Awards from Café Magazine, now in their eighth year, have done much to raise the standard bar across the nation: New Zealand’s source for food & wine news & recipes on Turangi cafe’s coffee a winner.

Here I continue to hope that a site like can help bring about consumer awareness, education, and appreciation for rising espresso standards in San Francisco and beyond.