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Ris'tretto Espresso Cafe & Roastery (Christchurch)

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WHERE: 670 Barbadoes St, St Albans, Christchurch (STREET MAP)

WEBSITE: Ris'tretto Espresso Cafe & Roastery.

PHONE: (03) 385 8670 (SEE WHITE PAGES)

COFFEE BRAND: Ris'tretto

Added by Foz on Mon, 11 May 2009.

Reviews from 2011:

Review of Ris'tretto Espresso Cafe & Roastery by Cafe Saint on Mon, 28 Mar 2011, updated Mon, 28 Mar 2011:

The average person who has more than 2 years experience drinking coffee from a wide range of cafes national & international would not be offended by the experience at this roastery.
Although I have never had the pleasure of working in the industry, or worked my way through the competition league, I believe my 30 years in hospitality and over 1000s of coffee`s I have consumed, qualifies me to offer an objective, balanced review that would prove accurate to 80% of the visitors to this website.

Batch coffee or not, fresh rolls or savories refrigerated overnight or not, this place ranks well if a comparison is made.

Maybe the highly educated barista`s that tend to compare each coffee with the best they ever had ,or can not see past there own short commings should step back and learn how to post a constructive review that is balanced and not based on one experience.

I suggest you go to www.dineout, Check out `MR LU` and his many reviews. It may educate you and help others give you the credit you probably deserve as a criteque.

And I am not on the payroll and I do not know the management here.


Reviews from 2009:

Review of Ris'tretto Espresso Cafe & Roastery by Coffee Monster on Wed, 11 Nov 2009:

Note that this café has a bunch of good reviews here:

I'd take the two below with a grain of salt...


Review of Ris'tretto Espresso Cafe & Roastery by roaster1 on Sat, 07 Nov 2009, updated Sat, 07 Nov 2009:

This guy is winging it... coffee is laughable. Overall coffee is crap i would say, i give them 6-12months. "batch roasted" . . . every coffee roaster in nz is batch roasting. Food tasted like it had been wrapped in cling film overnight and re-opened for the next day as "fresh" . Tired mate i agree with last guy, guy on machine has had no training and i hear they offer wholesale supply....eek! whoever 'foz' is is no doubt the owner or worker. Desperate attempt.


Review of Ris'tretto Espresso Cafe & Roastery by doorguy on Thu, 08 Oct 2009:

I dont know about the review that I have just read but they must be on the payroll. BAD coffee! Far to hot to week and no milk control. I would put money on coffee maker having no course training. Your risk


Review of Ris'tretto Espresso Cafe & Roastery by Foz on Mon, 11 May 2009:

Great coffee from a local roaster- fair trade organic too! With a name like Ristretto and the roaster in their cafe you'd expect these guys to know good coffee- I reckon it's one of the best blends in Chch! Good service with a friendly relaxed atmosphere, the food was good too- not bought in- their own stuff made there. Definitely worth checking them out.