Ripe Coffee - Origin

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Monday7:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Tuesday7:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Wednesday7:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Thursday7:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Friday7:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Saturday8:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Sunday8:00 am – 3:00 pm.

182 Jackson Street, Petone, Lower Hutt

04 586 2245

If you’re looking for a comfortable space in which to enjoy great coffee amongst the buzz of community then Origin is the spot for you. Named for being the original location of owner-operators Cate and Jason’s first cafe, the entire place has been given a facelift since it returned to their hands and reopened mid-2018.

It’s been a few years since the eponymous beans were roasted on-site, but they have kept production local with their nearby roastery servicing their network of cafes and retail customers. If you’re more of a coffee-at-home type then you can also buy beans by the bag, along with an assortment of brewing equipment and accessories.

If you’ve worked up an appetite after a day perusing the Jackson Street boutiques there is a full menu and well-stocked cabinet to fill the void. With a focus on well-rounded and wholesome ingredients (Cate has a background in nutrition) as well as catering to dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan customers, there is something for everyone.

Cosy and inviting during the cooler months, the original exposed brick contrasts beautifully with the retro-inspired Formica tables, Tretchikoff portraits and enormous mural by Greta Menzies. Once summer rolls around you’ll want to make the most of the sun and sit at one of the outdoor tables, cleverly made using recycled plastic by a local manufacturer. Relax and enjoy a vegan milkshake (or cold brew for you caffeine lovers) while you recharge—if you’re feeling peckish then the Home Hash is a house favourite and one of their most popular dishes.

The cafe is all about supporting their community, something which has always been a focus and seen in not only the way they greet their regular customers by name but also the care and attention that goes into the service. The fridge is stocked with local brands, children are welcome and well cared-for and the central location makes it a great spot to catch up with friends and family. Whether you have time to stop in for a bite or need to grab a snack on-the-go, Origin has got you covered with great food, strong coffee and friendly service.

Words by Zack Holmes & Photography by Anna Briggs

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182 Jackson Street, Petone, Lower Hutt

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