Photography by Alex Blackwood.
It's Java is a new spot in Grey Lynn where you can take the time to sip on a coffee and enjoy a pastry.
Barista Dahri relishes the way the cool and quiet corner spot encourages customers to wander in and wait for their coffee to be crafted, then stay to sip for a moment, unlike the grab-and-go inner city cafes churning out a coffee a minute. Something else setting the establishment apart: they offer a Javanese coffee option – Sunda Aromanis – made in the preferred Indonesian pour-over filter way. It’s served hot or cold in a carafe (Dahri tells us it’s too warm to have hot coffee in Indonesia).
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It’s a breezy, chilled out cafe where you don’t feel you have to rush. The industrial look of the concrete walls with exposed metal elements is tempered by warm brown wood panelling and Indonesian art of Rama Sita – a traditional love story. Dahri and Wilson designed the space themselves and say the look is very Javanese.
At the counter, the glass pastry cabinet has pride of place. Inside are Dan Cruden’s pain au chocolate, croissants, croque monsieur, scones and other pastries. Soon, the menu will also include made-to-order New York-style sandwiches with homemade pastrami, corned beef and beef bacon. Every Saturday, Wilson is serving a different Indonesian dish (last week it was chicken porridge) and he’s excited to introduce Aucklanders to a little taste of his home.
Actually sitting down to coffee, a croissant and enjoying it by yourself or with a friend is something that Dahri and Wilson are trying to encourage at It's Java. Everything from the decor to the coffee invites you to slow down and take a breather – something many Aucklanders could benefit from.
16 Vinegar Lane