Flight Coffee Hangar is a buzzing timber and concrete space at the west end of Dixon Street, where it starts to climb one of downtown Wellington’s steep surrounding hills.
The cafe is the showcase for Flight’s roasting, which serves cafes all over New Zealand, and a flight might be the best way to sample the range of this specialty roaster’s wares: maybe a three-peat taste test of a single origin as a short black, a flat white and a cold drip; or three flat whites made with three different origins.
Flight’s Bomber blend is a classic Kiwi espresso, with plenty of body, cut-through citrus acidity and caramello chocolate flavours in milk; a single origin Nicaragua Loma Fria in a short black is syrupy and sweet with plenty of complex fruit; and a Fetco batch brew of Ethiopia Sidamo has honey sweetness and gentle floral flavours.
If you can’t get enough dairy try Flight’s 4°C chilled milky moka with Trade Aids Fairtrade organic chocolate powder and Flight’s Belle cold drip. With former NZ barista champ Nick Clark among the owners, plenty of attention is paid to getting the basics right (a battery of grinders is calibrated for black, white and filter brews), but the care starts at the source: Flight’s Helena project is transforming a commodity coffee farm in Colombia into a specialty coffee producer, working on every aspect of production, from planting to picking to processing.
The food menu is a cheerful cafe bruncher: avo smash spiked with harissa; a retro-classic mince on toast updated with a sprinkle of parmesan; a lamb burger with cucumber relish; or maybe a fried chicken sandwich with spicy mayo slaw. But for a left-field snack try deep fried pickles with sriracha creme fraiche.
Where 171–177 Willis Street, Wellington
When Mon–Fri 7am–5pm, Sat–Sun 8am–5pm