Nelson Journey

A purpose of the book “Coffee Houses of Wellington, 1939 to 1979” by Craig Miller was to record and champion the people of the First Wave of Coffee in New Zealand, 1939 to 1979. As part of that purpose it was time to journey to the top of the South Island, to the cathedral city of Nelson. Latitude 41 – south. To present a coffee event at the Suter Art Gallery titled “Chez Eelco Revisited”.

The Chez Eelco Coffee House ran in Nelson from 1961 for fourty years in the same building . Next to the cathedral steps. The proprietor Eelco Boswijk created a lively, energetic coffee house that contributed to the arts and culture of Nelson and to hospitality generally. Chez Eelco is New Zealand’s most well-known coffee house, its memory has been, and continues to be, captured in art, theatre and literature.