Cafe magazine announced their eigth annual awards for the best cafés in New Zealand: News: The 2006 Best Café Awards [varsity.co.nz].
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.
Here I continue to hope that a site like CoffeeRatings.com can help bring about consumer awareness, education, and appreciation for rising espresso standards in San Francisco and beyond.
Today’s The Seattle Times published an article on Espresso Vivace‘s David Schomer and his influence on smaller-scale, higher-quality retail espresso preparation: The Seattle Times: Business & Technology: Vivace founder, David Schomer is a coffee prophet. (Updated link.)