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Kiwi Snapshot: Sunday Morning Coffees

#WHPlocalstory Parking bikes outside a cafe in Mt Roskill, #Auckland

A photo posted by Tina Trenkner-Meade (@tinatrenkner) on

Since moving to Balmoral, I’ve become pretty familiar with the part of the street north of where we live. This weekend, I’ve started becoming more familiar with the road south of us.

There’s a Lebanese shop that serves baklava with its coffees and teas.

There’s a French bakery that makes a good croissant and tasty breakfast sandwich, with lines out the door weekend mornings.

And, to the delight of Kiwi, there’s another cafe for his long black fix. We were the first ones in Cafe Urania today, able to pick the best seats and peruse some 1970s Time and Newsweek magazines. It was very cute to see an actual Newsweek; I might have even said “aww.”

Not shortly soon after, a family of four joined in, with kids on trikes.

Kids are welcomed in any cafe. There is often a menu of juices for little ones, or gateway drugs for kids to become accustomed to needing a coffee fix.

I just thought it was really cute to see these little, colorful, plastic bikes outside a cafe with a big hanging chandelier. A fun juxtaposition, but really though, totally normal. In New Zealand, kids hang out with grownups at the local cafe.

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New Zealand Cafe Culture: What is a Fluffy? Fluffie?

Fluffy, a kids drink at a Kiwi cafe. Photo by Tina.

What is a fluffy? It’s a drink on the menus at many Kiwi coffee cafes, specifically for the kids. It’s steamed milk and froth. And I ordered one yesterday.

Previously, I never ordered a fluffy in New Zealand. But I had thought that whenever I ordered some steamed milk at a Starbucks, because coffee can make me edgy, I was ordering a fluffy. Tall steamer [fluffy], sugar-free hazelnut. I’m not basic.

I was wrong. About the fluffy, and about not being basic. (I’m so basic, I can’t even. I’m typing while wearing chambray, taking pictures of my coffee, and blogging. I’m embracing it, cause I’m 30.)

Anyway. I was sitting out some rain at a coffee cafe in Russell, up in the Bay of Islands. I already nursed a flat white and was reading backlogs of gossip magazines. I didn’t want another caffeine boost. And I felt bad for taking up a table, but there were tables for any patrons that came in.

I bought a fluffy, out of guilt for being a camper (someone who takes up a table without ordering anything), but also for something to dilute the caffeine angst fogging me. A fluffy was $1.50 NZD; I justified the cost as “it’s just milk.”

The girl at the counter didn’t give me any funny looks when I ordered it. The guy who delivered it (I’m assuming it was the owner) did, asking if this is what I ordered: A little espresso cup with froth, a smiley face in chocolate syrup and a chocolate fish (a marshmallow covered in chocolate) hiding behind the cup. What the hell did I just order?

The guy explained that this fluffy is mostly froth and a little bit of milk. (He also made fun of the fact that people think his smiley faces are often frowny faces.) I mentally re-explained to myself that a fluffy is what cafes provide to four year olds as a gateway drug toward loyal Kiwi cafe patronage for the next 80 years of that kid’s life. It’s the ultimate loyalty scheme, and dammit, I bet it works.

I told him I expected steamed milk in a flat white cup. Did I drink the fluffy? Damn straight. Took it like a champ. But I ate the chocolate fish first.

Ever order something while abroad? and it definitely was not what you ordered? Share your story below.

Related: The Starbucks Flat White in the U.S.: Some Questions and Thoughts

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