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Fuel (Wellington)

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Fuel takeaway cappuccino cup.

Fuel lives in the gate 10-17 area in ...

That's Fuel there, on the left. The ...

WHERE: Wellington Airport, Wellington (STREET MAP)


Added by Coffee Monster on Sun, 04 Sep 2005.

Reviews from 2008:

Review of Fuel by cabnz on Wed, 18 Jun 2008, updated Wed, 18 Jun 2008:


I am a regular customer at 'Fuel' coffee at Wellington Airport and I thoroughly enjoy every coffee.

The service is always excellent especially from 'Jo' who is normally working at the top of gate 21 but at time she is in the main coffee bar. Her service and coffees are both extremely exceptional. I would encourage everyone to taste both her coffee and service. You will always get a friendly smile from her. She is a good ambassador for 'Fuel'.

Thanks Jo

Kind regards

Happy Fuel Customer


Reviews from 2007:

Review of Fuel by Coffee Pilgrim on Tue, 11 Dec 2007:

I tried Fuel coffee at Wellington airport for the first time a few days ago when I was on the 'red eye' and in dire need of a coffee. It was great! I had a large soy latte and it was creamy and smooth, with no hint of the bitter watery taste that airport cafe's usually manage to cultivate.
This cafe will no longer simply be rushed by on my way to my departure gate.


Review of Fuel by Coffeejojo on Mon, 27 Aug 2007:

I have been in Wellington for four years now and first discovered fuel at Wellington airport in 2003. To this day I am a loyal customer. I was a regular customer at fuel in the airport for 1.5 years, then moving into the city to work, I visited Fuel Waring Taylor Street for 1.5 years and now visit fuel Holland Street daily. I love fuel coffee and espescially hot chocolates. I rate fuel the best coffee provider in Wellington. Staff a brilliant!! I recommend everybody try it!!



Reviews from 2006:

Review of Fuel by brentling on Thu, 19 Oct 2006:

I always stop at Fuel when I fly into Wellington, coffee has always been good or better.


Reviews from 2005:

Review of Fuel by Coffee Monster on Tue, 06 Sep 2005:

Fuel is perched in the corridor on the departures floor of Wellington Airport that takes you from the main shopping / eating area to gates 10-17. See pictures for more detail.

Fuel looks like a "real" cafe - pretty much existing only to serve good coffee. They seem to take care grinding and tamping the coffee, and it has all the appearance of a hip modern cafe.

Unfortunately the coffee wasn't nearly as good as I hoped; I'd rate it 5/10. I had a "tall" (medium/large) takeaway flat white. It was well presented - looked good. The top of the foam was VERY bitter, although the foam below that was nice. The coffee was OK, although a little bitter. Just barely drinkable - better than a Robert Harris cappuccino, but not that great.

Another oddity about the place is the smell of stale coffee that hangs over the whole corridor. Someone needs to clean up the old coffee grounds more often!