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Review of C1 Espresso by theanzacs on Sat, 18 Mar 2006, updated Sat, 18 Mar 2006:

C1 Espresso trades on the basis of its "edginess" - trying to be one of the cool kids on the block. Unfortunately for its mostly alternative-lifestyler market, there is is little option in this hospitality genre. And so for now, C1 survives despite itself. What do we mean?

The service is a cross between terrorism and a bad joke.

If ever there was an establishment that thought it was too cool for its shirt this is it. If you would like to be greeted at the counter, maybe receive a smile, or like the concept of someone (anyone!!!), getting your order right - you're better off elsewhere.

If you can be bothered waiting until Christmas 2099, the coffee is passable (C4 is one of the better blends around) but the problem, and it's a big one - is the service. One patron was recently told to "F-off" in front of their children for pointing out that they had ordered a large coffee instead of the small they received. Confronted about his attitude, 'Mr Service' kept repeating, "I don't care". Turns out, that was the owner! I guess we know where the problem is . . .

Poor isn't the word. Christchurch has too many other great coffee destinations. Give these guys a miss.


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