Bean Me Up

Monday7:30 am – 2:00 pm.

Tuesday7:30 am – 2:00 pm.

Wednesday7:30 am – 2:00 pm.

Thursday7:30 am – 2:00 pm.

Friday7:30 am – 2:00 pm.

Saturday8:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Sunday8:30 am – 2:00 pm.

84 West End

027 768 4323

Bean Me Up started out as a coffee cart on the move and has become quite the Kaikōura institution.

This tiny spot downtown serves some of the best coffee in town and an atmosphere like no other. Themed around vintage/ocean/sailor styles there’s much to take in within this quirky coffee shop. The art on the walls is a mix of op-shop finds and creations of local artists, along with some historical photographs of owner-operator Sharon Rayner’s whānau.

Like the name suggests, coffee at Bean Me Up is at the heart of it all. Brewed with local Star Roast beans that provide Bean Me Up with its own dark roast blend, there’s nothing bland about your cuppa here. Food offerings are all made by hand on site by Sharon, who is proud to run the only fully vegetarian café in town. For a bit of a novelty, Cuban cigars by the single can be purchased from behind the counter.

A place to really wind down and chill out, Bean Me Up has a skateboard, a scooter and even a guitar lying around for customers to pick up and have a go on. Around the corner, where the café was previously set up, sits the evolving Bean Me Up Games Arcade where you can get your hands on some old school machines that are sure to induce a bit of nostalgia. Some classic treats like crème freeze, lollies and soft drinks are on the cards for the Arcade in the future.

If you’re on the go and in need of refuelling, fear not, as Bean Me Up strives to deliver exceptional coffee in a flash should you be pressed for time. Though we do hope you can stick around and enjoy all that this special spot has to offer.

Words by Petra Nyman & Photography by Nancy Zhou

84 West End

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