Wellington Eats – Zest Food Tour Review

New Zealand, Wellington Guide (B): Wellington Eats – Zest Food Tour Review

It didn’t take me long to come to the conclusion that Wellington is, indeed, cool. While researching why it’s known as the Capital of Cool, I noticed a trend in the food found there. With an emphasis on fresh, local, and unique, Wellington eats are a big part of what makes the city so great. To get a better sense of why, I spent a tasty afternoon on a Zest Food Tour, a Wellington walking tour dedicated to this trend.

Our Zest Food Tour started like any day should, with a great cup of coffee. This, by North American standard at least, it was not your average cup of Joe. At Mojo Coffee we were given a behind-the-scenes look at coffee roasting – something I found truly fascinating. Makes sense as I have enjoyed craft beer tours around the globe. Why not a lesson in coffee?

What really stuck out at this stop was the use of ethically sourced beans. “You won’t find a great coffee in New Zealand for less than $4, and you shouldn’t be able to anywhere.” said our Mojo coffee-roasting host. Picking coffee beans, as I found on this this food tour stop, is hard work. From backbreaking manual labor to shipping to distribution to roasting to barista means a lot of people to pay along the way. “When you pay one dollar for a cup of coffee, how much do you think the farmer gets?” Great question. This is something, admittedly, I have not really thought about. Wellingtonians, on the other hand, get it. This appreciation of where your food comes from instantly sets a higher standard. Later in the day at the Wellington Chocolate Factory we found much of the same. Harvesting cocoa beans is a lot of work. Think about that the next time you pay 99 cents for a candy bar. This wasn’t the case here as their simple and delicious bars start around $12 NZD. Craft beer bar though… ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Wellington Eats – Zest Food Tour Review
Guide Location: New Zealand » Wellington
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Mojo Coffee Wellington Chocolate Factory Gelissimo Fix and Fogg Garage Project Moore Wilson’s
Author: Shaun Robertson
Read it on author's website: http://www.thislifeintrips.com/wellington-eats-zest-food-tour-review/