A visit to the Island Bay Dutch coffee morning

The sign outside says : Kom d’r in! koffie en stroopwafels!

Dutch seniors have been meeting on Wednesday mornings at the Island Bay Community Centre for many years, the coffee is good and although there were no stroopwafels *, plenty of other Dutch delicacies were on offer.

When I asked what the coffee was like when they first arrived in Wellington in the 1950’s the answer was unanimously: “There was none!”

How things have changed now in Wellington, apparently there are more coffee places to go to per head of the population than in New York!

A big thank you to the Dutch coffee group for letting us eavesdrop on their recent session talking about their memories and customs. Check out this videoclip!

* a stroopwafel is a waffle made from two thin layers of baked batter with a caramel-like syrup filling in the middle. They were first made in Gouda in the Netherlands, in 1784. Large versions are sold in the streets as a snack.

We have the recently published Suzy’s: a coffee house history, by Susette Goldsmith which describes the local cafe mentioned in the video clip. Hope to you see at one or all of our “put the kettle on” events, all welcome!