With much trepidation I said "sweet as" to Aaron's text at 5:55am to meet the crew for the breakfast coffee ride. It was to be my first time playing bikes in seven weeks after a culmination of undesirable weather (excuse number one), sickness (excuse number two, but possibly a more valid than one), and travel (excuse number three) resulted in such a long time off the bike. Since I am particularly talented at detraining, in fact even just looking at a "day off" on my training calendar I detrain, I was rather worried that my 39x23 would be worn out by the end of the ride and my gear cable overstretched from searching for my 25, that I don't actually have.
It was nice to be woken up by an alarm instead of the howling wind and rain that we've experienced lately, so kit on it was out the door for a gentle cruise through One tree hill, Newmarket and the Domain before meeting the crew at Rosehip café on Gladstone rd in Auckland's swanky Parnell. The early morning air rang out with the malt smell of Lion Breweries when passing through Newmarket and I couldn't decide whether that was a good or bad thing so early in the morning. Perhaps of I was hung over I'm thinking it wouldn't have been so bueno. Anyway, Rosehip café is opposite the Parnell Rose gardens pointing out the obvious name selection. It is a thriving little corner café that is on one of the cycling gateways to the waterfront. Gladstone road more than likely has just as many cyclists as cars trafficking it every morning as riders go to and from the waterfront. It's the perfect place to see who's training for wanting to keep an eye on the competition if you have nothing else to do with your time.
The service and coffee is fabulous and consistent. Double shot flat white, pronto. The menu hardly ever changes which is a equally good and bad. Our table was scattered with scrambled eggs with salmon, muesli, pancakes with bacon (hmmmm, bacon), maple syrup and a delectable number of scones and muffins. Coffee was the normal price $3-4 dollars depending on flat white or latte and breakfasts range from $8-16. There is indoor and outdoor seating with heaters to warm damp lycra and not scare the normal cliental. With Rosehip being so handy to the waterfront with great coffee, food and service you can guarantee we will be back again.
Hours 7-3 weekdays, 8-3 weekends