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Meet the Regulars: Anna Cottrell

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16 March 2017

This month in our series introducing Emporio regulars, we meet filmmaker Anna Cottrell. Anna’s studio is over the road from Emporio Coffee in Wellington’s Toi Poneke Arts Centre.

Anna, you have had a long career in film and television, particularly as an award-winning documentary maker. What are you up to these days?

I have my own company, AC Productions and make documentaries for television, galleries and the web.  I'm currently working on a fourth series of  World War One mini documentaries for TV3's Newshub to screen in the week leading up to Anzac Day.

I'm also involved in the Migrating Kitchen Charitable Trust. Migrants and resettled refugees share their stories, history and culture—and food is the entrée.

How long have you been coming to Emporio?

I've been a regular for about seven years. I can't work without my morning caffeine hit from Emporio.  I’m addicted to a daily regular flat white, no sugar. I have a couple of coffees a day.

What keeps you coming back?

I love the warm welcome from the baristas. If I’m working with an editor in an edit suite, I come in through the tradies’ entrance, and the very important Emporio backroom boys are always cheery.

I often find what's playing on the screen in the espresso bar hilarious, especially with the unrelated music track playing from behind the counter. Last week there was a gentle Adele song playing alongside a mad car chase on the screen!

What makes a good barista?

A good barista has to produce excellent coffee. Like all of us Emporio regulars, we love our coffee strong, aromatic and just the perfect amount of heat. But there's more. ....

Emporio’s Liz is an excellent barista—always friendly and interested in her customers while she delivers fine coffee.

Do you see other regulars when you visit Emporio?

I see familiar faces but usually I'm not very chatty first thing. But I notice people during the short waiting time. I can't operate without that morning hit.

I love the mix of folk who quaff at Emporio...the boys from the building sites, the guys in hard hats and fluro jackets, the suits and ties... then there's me.