Rabbits, Poppies and Planes: Holiday Hours for a Busy Month in Marlborough

Submitted by waterymouth on Wed, 12/04/2017 - 2:25pm

Watery Mouth Cafe is open for Easter

This April will serve up some fabulous events along with two important holidays, starting with the Omaka Classic Fighters Air Show this Easter weekend and Anzac Day swiftly following towards the end of the month. We want to stay open for the events that surround these holidays as we love being a part of the excitement; it is a pleasure to ensure there is a place for guests and locals alike to find scrumptious food and coffee as they are out and about exploring all Marlborough has to offer.

Unfortunately, staying open during the holidays is not an easy choice for a business owner to make these days. Most would love to stay open, but the cost of operating on public holidays is significantly higher, setting businesses up to run at a loss on those days. Despite public perception, we are not busier on public holidays as a lot of our regular customers are local businesses. It costs more than twice the amount to operate on a holiday, leaving three choices: recouping costs by spreading price increases throughout the year (something we don’t intend to do); closing for those days (which we sometimes do and then our staff can enjoy the holiday too); or adding a surcharge while open on the holiday.

After much debate, we have chosen to stay open for Easter and Anzac Day, and we hope you’ll appreciate why. This wasn’t an easy decision to make and the staff – who are the ones facing the questions from the public about the surcharge – have given their full support. By remaining open, we are able to fulfil our commitment to representing Marlborough’s best to our guests and regulars. Omaka Classic Fighters is the biggest event in Marlborough with thousands of visitors flocking to the region. We understand that it won’t be everyone’s choice to dine out during these holidays, but we feel it is important to offer that option to our patrons and the happy faces worn by people who do pop in make it worthwhile. After all, our vibrant community is what makes Marlborough so special, and we’re thrilled to be able to give people a reason and location to go out and experience it. We hope to see you over Easter, and we hope you’ll understand the surcharge is a must for us to remain open on these days. Thanks in advance for your understanding!

We hope you all have a fantastic Easter. Our opening hours will be as follows: 
Friday: 9am – 3pm
Saturday: (normal hours) 7am – 4pm
Sunday: (normal hours) 7am – 4pm
Monday: 8am – 3pm

To all of our wonderful service men and women, past and present, we will keep you in our thoughts this Anzac Day. There will be no surcharge for those in uniform on Anzac Day.

Anzac Day hours: 8am – 3pm

Noho ora mai
(All the best)

Juliet and the Watery Mouth Café team 


What do you think? Is there a better alternative for businesses operating on public holidays? Do you think New Zealand should have a compulsory surcharge for all public holidays as they do in Australia with Sunday trading? We’d be interested to hear your thoughts.

Looking back on 2016 and what’s ahead in the new year

Submitted by waterymouth on Wed, 25/01/2017 - 10:15am














2016 marked five years of us turning a dream into reality. 

Five years in any business is a major milestone, but in the world of hospitality, it’s a landmark occasion.

To be named a finalist in the New Zealand Hospitality awards in that same year, one of the top four overall, was the absolute (chocolate ganache) icing on the cake for us here at Watery Mouth Cafe. Looking back at 2016, we couldn’t really have asked for a better year.

2016 wouldn’t have been complete without our amazing regulars and the thousands of travellers making us part of their journey. It was an absolute pleasure to be a part of so many people’s coffee dates, travel stops, fluffy fixes, breakfast hangouts and morning routines. Reading on TripAdvisor that we, “...made a tourist feel welcome and [are] obviously a favourite amongst the locals,” from a guest who also declared ours as the “best coffee ever” really makes all that hard work worth the effort.

This was the year we grew our busiest, seeing more people than ever through our doors at an even earlier hour. We started opening at 7am as requested by so many of you and upgraded our kitchen to keep up with the demand.

Some of you passing through were our regulars, and some of you were the likes of Buck Shelford, Jackie Clark, Avalanche City, Kelvin Cruikshank from TV’s Sensing Murder, Alyson Gofton, and the Black Sticks. We welcomed this rise in customer volume by adding new members to a staff we consider our extended family (you’ve probably met Vicki and Matt by now!).

Even the littlest people in our community got a taste of we do best this year when we surprised Blenheim School kids with a hot chocolate for Random Acts of Kindness day. The St. John’s Ambulance crew was also on our radar and enjoyed a well-deserved morning tea on us. We knew the day had been a success when parking wardens put jelly beans on cars instead of tickets. A little kindness goes a long way and we were happy to spread that in our community.

In 2016 we partied in style with amazing music from Southern Jam’s youth jazz musicians, an event we proudly sponsored once again. We gave our guests high tea when they asked, attended school galas and showed off cooking with Marlborough’s finest produce at the Farmer’s Market.

With another year done and dusted, we welcome 2017 by pushing even more dreams to become reality. Watch out for the new website with more bells and whistles, and Cold Brew coffee which is set to launch soon. If you haven’t heard the buzz about cold brew coffee, watch this space. It’s going to be a hit in 2017! Can’t wait to be part of your new year and make you part of ours. 

Until next time,


Gluten free, dairy free, vegan: our menu is always expanding

Submitted by waterymouth on Thu, 05/01/2017 - 3:08pm

Special diet goodness at Watery Mouth Cafe

Here at Watery Mouth Café, we’re all about offering choice and a great cafe experience for every single customer. We’ve long been expanding our selection of mouth-watering goodness for those with special dietary requirements here in Marlborough, and with our fully fledged gluten free and diary free menu now in operation, we really do have something for everyone.

Our specialised menu…

Our extensive range of gluten free options (there are over 25!) – now featuring breakfast, lunch and a cabinet food menu – has been added to with a range of 12 dairy-free items and we offer a small selection of vegan meals too. So, whether it’s eggs Benedict, roast vegetable salad, kumara stack, lemon coconut tart or ‘slice of heaven’ that takes your fancy, it’s all here on our new menu. And as with all our fare, the emphasis is on fresh, local and delicious!

What we do…

With such an emphasis placed on tools and preparation, we’ve also moved our gluten free items in the cabinet to the top, so there is no risk of cross-contamination with other food. We have separate tongs for this cabinet, baking paper in the kitchen to use when cooking gluten free, and we have an allergy button on the till for those who are GF, DF, or Vegan.

We’re proud to offer delicious food and drinks for everyone at Watery Mouth Café, and our clever chefs are always looking for new ideas. If there’s something in the special dietary department you’re looking for, let us know and we’ll see what we can do!

Gluten free and dairy free menu at Watery Mouth Cafe

Mochaccino, Hot Chocolate and The Mighty Fluffy – The Insider’s Guide to Coffee #5

Submitted by waterymouth on Wed, 14/12/2016 - 12:00pm

The mighty Fluffy - made with love at Watery Mouth Cafe



It’s time to round up our series of top tips on how to make your own cafe-style favourite drinks at home. If you’ve missed our previous blogs then make sure you read up on all your favourite coffees here. This week we turn the spotlight on the Mochacchino, Hot Chocolate and the all-important Fluffy...



A Mochaccino – also known as a Caffè Mocha – consists of espresso, hot steamed milk and hot chocolate, all topped with a silky textured froth (like we use in our Lattes). 

Here at Watery Mouth Café we like ours a little decadent – so we opt to use a ganache made of real chocolate and cream. It makes for a very rich sumptuous drink, we think. Of course, for our valued customers who need gluten-free and dairy-free drink options we also offer a lovely choc syrup which ticks all the boxes. 

Then we add a double espresso extracted to 30–50 ml, topped with medium textured velvety frothed milk.


Hot Chocolate

And if you’re not in the mood for coffee, our Hot Chocolate comes highly recommended. Again these divine concoctions are made with our real chocolate and cream ganache. And you can have it with your marshmallows served in the hot chocolate or on the side, as we know the little things matter!


The Fluffy

If you’ve got children, or if you’ve ever taken children out to cafes, you’ll know the importance of the Fluffy – that small cupful can keep little ones entertained for ages (drinking, scooping, licking) while you enjoy your Long Black or Latte. 

Our Fluffies are simply pure, frothed milk served with sprinkles on top. (And if you have a preference for a pink or blue sprinkle colour scheme we can usually oblige!) They come served with a marshmallow and a morsel of our famous Watery Mouth Café chocolate slice on the side.


Important question: Free pour or spooning?

Free pour only at our café! The only exception being the fluffy, which we spoon. The reason for this is twofold: 

Firstly, we love the perfect microfoam effect that we can retain if free pouring (it’s a professional ‘pride in your work’ thing).

The second is a more practical reason. If spooning, you should use a clean spoon for every new beverage (to prevent contamination), so that would very quickly add up to a whole lot of extra dishes to wash! 

So, if you’re a serious home barista you too might opt for pouring – but where you’re not making hundreds of coffees (and therefore having hundreds of extra spoons to wash) there’s no harm in spooning at home either.

Until next time…



Cappuccino – The Insider’s Guide to Coffee #4

Submitted by waterymouth on Mon, 28/11/2016 - 8:47am

The Cappuccino is one of the drinks that introduced New Zealanders to espresso coffee, and is still popular today – although more so in North America.

The history of the name ‘Cappuccino’ is up for debate. Some say it comes from the Capuchin monks in Italy whose habits featured hoods of a distinctive red/brown colour.

Others claim it stems from the ‘kapuziner’, a type of coffee which originated in Vienna in the 19th century.

On top of its disputed origins, it is also a coffee which has been much maligned owing to the habit of some for making it with lots of milk and chocolate – leaving it out of balance. Not the way we do it!

A good Cappuccino should be roughly equal parts espresso, steamed milk and foamed milk – roughly 30–50ml of each. It should also fill the cup, featuring a white ‘cap’ with a rim of dark brown crema around the outside.

As well as being called a ‘monk’s head’ – due to the white foam surrounded by dark brown crema, we have heard Cappuccinos referred to as the ‘Marge Simpson’ of coffee drinks – as the milk is foamed up like a Marge Simpson ‘beehive’ hairdo on top of the espresso coffee. (It’s certainly a memorable way of describing it!)

And every self-respecting Cappuccino comes with a delectable garnish. Typically, it will be chocolate or cinnamon – you can have either, or both, here at Watery Mouth Café. To finish we like to serve it with a morsel of our famous Watery Mouth Café choc slice.

Cappuccino – The Insider’s Guide to Coffee with Watery Mouth Cafe, Marlborough
And here’s a tip for the home barista if you’re wondering what temperature to steam the milk to.

The standard is roughly 68–70oC – though some customers like it hotter (up to 80oC, as per the customer’s wishes). At Watery Mouth Café we like to go a little hotter, 72oC, so that even if you’re upstairs, your coffee will arrive nice and hot to your table.

When making coffees at home that 68–70oC is a good benchmark.

Until next time…


Long Black and Americano – The Insider’s Guide to Coffee #3

Submitted by waterymouth on Thu, 17/11/2016 - 11:47am

We’ve been through how to make the perfect Espresso, Short Black, Ristretto and Macchiato; last week it was the turn of the Latte and Flat White; this week it’s time for the Long Black and Americano to shine…

Blenheim's best coffee at Watery Mouth Cafe

Long Black

A Long Black is a double shot (about 30–50ml) of espresso poured over about 90ml of hot water, which has usually been heated in the coffee machine too.

Some people like to have the hot water in a jug to add themselves, or extra hot water.

The espresso is poured over the top of the water (not the other way around) to preserve the crema on top better.


An Americano (or Caffe Americano), which is of Italian origin, is a bit like a long black – but with a different ratio of coffee to water. 

The Americano starts off with a double espresso (about 30–50ml) which we pour over the  top of about 150ml of water. Again, at Watery Mouth Café the espresso is poured over the water (not vice versa). (Although we know some coffee houses add them the other way around, this is not a universally agreed approach – and much like anything, up for debate!)

It can also be served with a splash of milk.


Did you know?

Here are the top 10 professions by coffee consumption as quoted in the New Zealand Herald:

  1. Journalists and media staff
  2. Police officers
  3. Teachers
  4. Plumbers and trade workers
  5. Nurses and medical staff
  6. Company executives
  7. Telesales
  8. IT technical support
  9. Retail staff
  10. Drivers

Does this sound right to you?

Until next time…


Flat White vs Latte and Chai Latte – The Insider’s Guide to Coffee #2

Submitted by waterymouth on Tue, 08/11/2016 - 8:23pm

Last week we talked about how to make the Espresso, Short Black, Ristretto and Macchiato and how to perfect ‘the shot’. If you missed it, read all about it in our previous blog. This week we’re focusing on the languorous Latte and its antipodean cousin the Flat White.

Flat White

This popular coffee originated in New Zealand and Australia in the 1980s (there is, of course, some friendly debate about exactly where) but is slowly spreading its tentacles around the globe, much to the relief of expats.

Usually made in a regular size cup, a double shot of espresso (all our coffees are double shot unless the customer asks otherwise) is extracted to 30–50ml in 20–30 seconds. This is topped with 0.5cm of medium textured, velvet milk. A good flat white is about packing as much taste and texture as possible into a small package.

Flat White vs Latte and Chai Latte – The Insider’s Guide to Coffee


A latte is essentially a larger, milkier version of a flat white. You might say the main difference between the two is the ratio of milk and espresso. Made in a large cup, a double espresso is also extracted to 30–50ml in 20–30 seconds. This is topped with 1cm of medium textured, velvet milk.

A perfect latte should have the texture of liquid velvet or silk.

Chai Latte

This popular alternative for non-coffee drinkers was originally made with a strong brew of black tea, spices and steamed milk. We use an excellent Chai powder with steamed milk for our delicious brew. Chai Latte translates as ‘tea with milk’. Fans of Chai Lattes enjoy the influences of such fragrant spices as cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom. It’s an enticing brew!

Latte Art

Latte art with Watery Mouth Cafe, Blenheim

As the great coffee writer, Coffee Geek, says: “Much like rubbing your tummy and tapping your head, pouring latte art requires that you do two things at the same time. Pour the milk at a consistent and even rate AND shake the pitcher side to side with the even tempo of a metronome.”

Latte art has become increasingly popular with baristas creating incredible designs in steamed milk on the top of their coffee. It’s something we’re known for here at Watery Mouth and it’s quite a skill. We think taking pride in your work is really important and you need to be able to show it. Free pouring milk and producing latte art is one way our barista can show it – and share their love of good coffee with our customers.


Important question: Should you make coffee first or steam the milk first?

That’s kind of a trick question! The art of making good coffee is to do both at once – for the ultimate freshness. As the coffee is being extracted, we work the milk – then bring them both together at their peak for that great fresh coffee goodness.

For the home barista: it can be a tough one to master – but practise makes perfect, and think of all those lovely coffees you can drink while you master the art!

And if all this talk about coffee has got you thirsting for one – you know where to find us!


Until next time…


The Insider’s Guide to Coffee – Coffee 101

Submitted by waterymouth on Tue, 01/11/2016 - 2:49pm

Never quite sure if a Flat White and a Latte are really the same drinks in different cups – as some people claim? Wondered just how we get your coffee so velvety? Want to know if you should make the coffee or steam the milk first?

Here at Watery Mouth we’re happy to share our knowledge – and some secrets – to help you understand what makes your favourite coffee taste so good, or give you a chance to perfect your barista skills at home. And, hard to fathom though it might be, perhaps this will make you want to try something new...

In this series we’re going to explain each drink more fully and give you some tips on creating the perfect coffee yourself at home. (P.S. Did you know you can buy the same Underground coffee beans we use over the counter here at Watery Mouth?)

So, coming up on our ‘Coffee 101’ The Insider’s Guide to Coffee series, we’ll provide insights on the following:
1. Espresso, Short Black, Ristretto and Macchiato
2. Flat White, Latte and Chai Latte
3. Long Black and Americano
4. Cappuccino
5. Mochaccino, Hot Chocolate and, of course, the Fluffy!

Starting, right away, with the mighty Espresso and its close relatives the Ristretto and Macchiato!


Espresso, Short Black, Ristretto and Macchiato – The Insider’s Guide to Coffee #1 


Espresso or Short Black

A Short Black is a double shot of espresso (about 30–50ml) in a small cup, simply called an espresso if you’re not in New Zealand or Australia. Typically, it will be put through the machine for around 20–25 seconds before the ‘black gold’ is ready. It should have a rich, velvety layer – a golden glow with a dark line - on the top of the very dark liquid. Smooth, with no bubbles.


For those who are serious about their coffee hit, a Ristretto uses the same quantity of coffee beans as a Short Black, but with half the water (around 15ml) and with the coffee machine on for about 15–18 seconds (versus the 20–25 seconds for an espresso) – for a shorter, stronger coffee. The coffee flavour is less ‘diluted’ than an espresso, so it packs a punch flavour-wise, and has a delicious weighty body. Interestingly though, it doesn’t necessarily have more caffeine than an espresso though. Less water through the coffee grounds can mean less soluble caffeine makes its way into the cup – so it won’t necessarily provide more of a caffeine hit. So those gravitating towards a ristretto are generally those who want the maximum flavour and body in their cup.

Ristretto is an Italian word which means ‘restricted’ or ‘limited’ – which refers to the reduced amount of water used – not the caffeine, or an age restriction!


A Caffè Macchiato is traditionally a double espresso with a dot of milk, the dot of milk giving the coffee its name – ‘Macchiato’ translates as the ‘stain’ or ‘mark’ that the milk makes on the dark coffee. Depending on where you live, a macchiato these days usually has a small amount of steamed/foamed milk rather than just a spot.

At Watery Mouth we add a dollop of shiny, velvet-textured milk (not too frothy). This addition of milk adds body and mouth feel to the coffee, and also has the effect of seemingly adding sweetness (as it reduces bitterness and neutralises acids in the coffee). 

You can opt for a ‘short’ macchiato or a ‘long’ one.

A Short Macchiato is a double espresso extracted to 30–50ml in 25–30 seconds, poured over about 90ml of hot water and then topped with that dollop of smooth, hot milk.

A Long Macchiato is a double espresso extracted to 30–50ml in 25-30 seconds – topped with that dollop of velvety milk.

A Latte Macchiato on the other hand is a steamed milk drink ‘stained’ with a dot of espresso – not something we drink a lot of in NZ.

The Shot

All great coffee starts with the perfect shot. Here are a few of our tips to help you on your way:
1. Always use freshly ground, good-quality coffee
2. Clean and dry all coffee machine equipment
3. Always fill the basket with coffee until it’s level with the rim and then tamp the coffee down evenly and firmly until flat
• If the basket’s not completely filled the coffee will be under-extracted, pouring too quickly and tasting sharp
• Likewise, if it’s overfilled the coffee will be over-extracted, tasting sharp and burnt and without any crema
4. Remove any stray coffee grounds off the rim of the handle before placing it in the pre-warmed machine
5. Always pre-warm your cups

Let us know how you get on perfecting your technique with these tips!

Until next time…


Opening hours over Labour Weekend

Submitted by waterymouth on Sun, 23/10/2016 - 2:04pm

This Labour weekend we are open normal hours (7.00am to 4.00pm) for Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd October. Then, in honour of Labour Day, we are closed on Monday 24th October. 

It's all back to business as usual from Tuesday...


Enjoy the long weekend!

~ Juliet and the team at Watery Mouth Cafe


Opening hours at Watery Mouth Cafe, Blenheim, Labour weekend 2016

Best Café Buzz at Excellence Awards

Submitted by waterymouth on Fri, 14/10/2016 - 7:55am

We were delighted to have been among the four finalists in the Best Cafe category at last night’s Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence. The overall title was taken out by Dog with Two Tails from Dunedin at the glittering black tie event in Auckland. We were in fine company – the other two cafes in the running were Jellyfish Cafe and Bar in Mapua and No 1 Queen St Cafe in Auckland. 

All the cafes were judged over an eight-week period by a panel of independent industry professionals, who assessed each on a range of commercial and operational criteria.

Watery Mouth Cafe, HNZ Best Cafe, Finalist 2016

We were honoured even to have made the finals. To be recognised by our industry peers and to sit alongside the best of the best nationally is a huge honour for us.

There is no secret to success in this industry – it is about belief in yourself and hard work and making it to the finals is a testament to the professionalism, dedication and sheer greatness of the incredible team we have here at Watery Mouth! And of course we’d be nothing with you, our lovely, loyal customers.

So come in and see us soon!

Watery Mouth Cafe's Juliet and Stu at awards dinner, Auckland

Spreading a little kindness - Random Acts of Kindness Day

Submitted by waterymouth on Wed, 31/08/2016 - 3:49pm

September 1st – it’s not just the first day of spring but a day to celebrate kindness and its importance in our frantic world.

Random Acts of Kindness Day (RAK Day) was started in 2004 by a small group of New Zealanders who decided we needed to be kind to strangers more often!

Have you met your new neighbours yet – how about dropping by to introduce yourselves. Perhaps someone always helps you out – how about a bunch of flowers or chocolates to show your appreciation. See someone struggling to find change for their parking meter – how about giving them some coins of your own. Check out the RAK NZ website for some great ideas about what you could do tomorrow to make someone’s day.

We’ve got a few tricks up our sleeve here at Watery Mouth – some for our customers and some for other unsuspecting people in the community – but we can’t reveal too much yet as we don’t want to spoil any surprises!

Spread the love! Pay it forward, tell us on our Facebook page what you’re doing to make people smile on September 1st and you’re in to win a little something for yourself. 

Happy Random Acts of Kindness Day from Watery Mouth!

We’ve made the finals!

Submitted by waterymouth on Wed, 24/08/2016 - 1:49pm

Excited doesn’t cover it! Here at Watery Mouth Café we are hugely honoured to have been named a finalist in the nationwide Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence, in the “Best Cafe” category.

Like the other entrants in the awards we’ve been judged over an eight-week period by a panel of independent industry professionals, who assess every competitor on a range of commercial and operational criteria. It’s a real thrill to have been recognised by our industry peers.

Hospitality New Zealand chief executive Vicki Lee says: "The finalists in this year's Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence reflect extremely high levels of professionalism and these awards are a chance for the industry to take a moment to pat themselves on the back for a job well done. With more than 3,000 members, the awards finalists are spread from one end of the country to the other..."

We’re getting our glad rags ready for the awards dinner on Thursday 13 October. Cross your fingers everyone ... as the only Marlborough business in the finals, we really hope we can do our region proud!

Coffee and all that jazz – Southern Jam 2016

Submitted by waterymouth on Tue, 02/08/2016 - 5:15pm

Southern Jam, great jazz and coffee at Watery Mouth Cafe, Blenheim

We’re such fans of the Southern Jam Youth Jazz Festival we’re holding another FREE event this year.

So come on down and enjoy some great music with your coffee on Friday 12th August from 2-4pm.

Students will be performing in the finals at the gala concert on Saturday night at the ASB Theatre along with an All Stars band featuring the best of the best plus performances from the professionals – the festival judges.

In the meantime, you can catch these talented students as they gain some real-life performance experience around Blenheim. Marlborough Boys’ College, St Bede’s College, Rangi Ruru Girls’ School and St Andrew’s College are the four school groups who’ll be performing at the Watery Mouth Café.

So, make sure you come along and enjoy the jazz at Watery Mouth next week.

Our top children’s classics with a foodie twist

Submitted by waterymouth on Thu, 14/07/2016 - 2:31pm

With the school holidays underway and the inspiring Marlborough Book Festival coming up in July, we thought it timely to talk about books and food. Books for children, that is. There is a wealth of wonderful children’s writing that focuses on food and cooking, and provides some mouth-watering reading material as well as valuable life lessons.

Here is a “baker’s dozen” – 13 – of our favourites.

All Four Stars by Tara Dairman

  • ​Gladys Gatsby is a secret gourmet chef and now restaurant critic in New York – both things she has to hide from her parents, who will only touch fast food!
  • 8 years plus (depending on how good a reader) or great for reading to your child.
  • Available in the Marlborough District Libraries.

Watery Mouth Café match: Our “Kumara, bacon and avocado stack” (our signature dish – and hopefully deserving of ‘all four stars’!)


Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper

  • The trials of friendship and the triumph of teamwork. Some versions include a pumpkin soup recipe which may entice younger readers to make it – or at least eat it... For more foodie tales from the same author try A Pipkin of Pepper and Delicious!
  • A picture book
  • Available in the Marlborough District Libraries.

Watery Mouth Café match: Our “Soup of the day” (which is sometimes pumpkin!)


Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

  • Another classic that touches on the importance of trying new foods. *No guarantees it'll have any impact in real life.* 
  • A picture book.
  • Available in the Marlborough District Libraries.

Watery Mouth Café match: Our “Bacon & eggs” – with your style of eggs served with toasted ciabatta, crispy bacon and oven roasted cherry tomatoes. We do so love it Sam I am.


Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban

  • A beloved classic from the Frances series – Frances’s mum stealthily encourages the fussy eater to try new things.
  • A picture book. 
  • Available in the Marlborough District Libraries.

Watery Mouth Café match: “Corn and feta fritter stack” – for those children inspired by Frances to try something different!


Jam by Margaret Mahy

  • Another jammy classic, and a New Zealand one this time, Jam also warns against overdoing the sticky stuff. Led by the hilarious and capable dad, Mr Castle, whose plum jam recipe is included in the book.
  • A picture book.
  • Available in the Marlborough District Libraries.

Watery Mouth Café match: “Toast and spreads” – including jam (if you wish) of course!


Stone Soup by Marcia Brown

  • Hungry soldiers outsmart stingy villagers, but in the end there’s a feast for everyone to enjoy. This classic is based on an old French tale and several versions of the story abound. 
  • A picture book.
  • The Marcia Brown version is not available in the Marlborough District Libraries, but others are.

Watery Mouth Café match: As well as our “Soup of the day” you might wish to get together your own ‘feast’ for your table to enjoy – maybe some of our renowned sausage rolls, wedges or chips, Marlborough breads and dips, and some sweet treats?


The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Pancakes, Pancakes! by Eric Carle

  • These aren’t Eric Carle’s only books involving food, but they are probably the two best-known. One, as the title suggests, is about a very hungry caterpillar and the other about making pancakes, once you have sourced your ingredients from scratch that is. 
  • A picture book.
  • Available in the Marlborough District Libraries.

Watery Mouth Café match: ”French Toast” (with bacon, banana & maple syrup) – or perhaps our Lamb burger (for those like the very hungry caterpillar, who want a little more!)


Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett

  • The town of Chewandswallow never gets regular rain or snow, but the weather does come three times a day – in the form of food! 
  • A picture book. 

Watery Mouth Café match: No meatballs, just delicious prime beef in our “Steak Sammie” - and the fries will be served on your plate, not dropped from the sky as in the book!


The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog by Mo Willems

  • Little kids all too reluctant to share will find it easy to relate to the pigeon’s excitement at finding a hot dog and subsequent dismay when he realises the duckling wants in on the tasty morsel. If you haven't discovered Mo Willems you are in for a treat! 
  • A picture book. 
  • Available in the Marlborough District Libraries.

Watery Mouth Café match: Our “Children’s Platter” has something to appeal to all little ducklings, pigeons, and children…


Can I Eat That? by Joshua David Stein

  • This recent release by a food journalist and restaurant critic teaches kids about what they can and can’t eat with a mix of fun and facts. For instance, while it’s not possible to eat a tornado, “It’s made out of wind,” it is possible to eat tournedos, “a type of steak from France.” 
  • A picture book. 

Watery Mouth Café match: Our “French herb omelette” (with your choice of two fillings). Fun fact: It’s believed the word omelette came into use nearly 500 years ago - and the largest omelette was made from 145,000 eggs and weighed 6.466 tonnes! (Ours is a wee bit smaller than that!!)


The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch by Ronda Armitage

  • The classic tale of Mr Grinling’s lunch, Mrs Grinling’s inventive attempts to keep the seagulls out of it using a variety of exotic ingredients, and the cheeky seagulls’ total disregard for her efforts. And Hamish the cat makes his reluctant appearance.
  • A picture book
  • Available in the Marlborough District Libraries.

Watery Mouth Café match: Our freshly baked muffins or “Toasted Sandwiches” from the cabinet – we can just imagine Mr Grinling tucking into these at lunchtime!


Young Gardeners, Growing Chefs by Joshua Marshall & Julia Davidson

  • By talented local author and young cooking inspiration Joshua Marshall and his mum, this book is packed full of delicious, simple recipes for cooking with veges out of your own garden, as well as excellent month-by-month tips for growing those veges. 
  • Non-fiction. 
  • Available in the Marlborough District Libraries, or you can buy a copy direct from the authors here.

Watery Mouth Café match: Our “Bruschetta” – which includes (among other things) a tasty basil pesto. Your children might be inspired to make their own after reading Joshua’s recipe & trying our version!


As a little aside

We sometimes get asked about children’s menu options so it’s worth mentioning we have children’s breakfast options with a platter that includes fruit and sausage, eggs on toast, toast and spreads, muesli and fruit or just fruit and yoghurt, and half sized French toast.

For lunches we offer a children’s platter, chicken nuggets and chips, or fish goujons and chips. Or if your little ones are more adventurous (as some of our smaller customers are) they are welcome to enjoy dishes from our regular menu. There’s also all the cabinet food options, of course, and we are also happy to make to order if you’re not in too much of a rush.

Happy reading - and eating!

Certificate of Excellence Hat Trick

Submitted by waterymouth on Thu, 26/05/2016 - 11:12am

We're absolutely delighted to receive TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence for 2016 - particularly as this makes it a hat trick for us! (3 years in a row).

We want to extend our very many thanks to all our lovely regulars and visitors for taking the time to let the world know about your Watery Mouth Cafe experience.

We really appreciate your support!!



Paddington Bear and Watery Mouth Cafe

Submitted by waterymouth on Mon, 16/05/2016 - 12:15pm

A curious customer has asked about Paddington’s association with Watery Mouth Café. For those unaware of the history, Paddington has long been a friend of ours and of the café.

Our personal journey with this polite bear began in 2010 when my husband (Stu) and I travelled to London, bought ourselves a VW campervan and travelled around UK and Europe. So that our grandson Seth could follow our journey we bought Paddington Bear – beloved children’s book hero – to accompany us, act as our mascot and feature in our travel photos for Seth.

Given he was originally found at Paddington Station but had travelled all the way from Peru, Paddington has travel in his blood. He was a great companion as we travelled through 16 countries visiting famous and fascinating places. The photos on the walls of Watery Mouth were taken by my husband Stuart and are a wonderful personal reminder of ours and Paddington’s adventures but we hope you enjoy them too.

Paddington really enjoys meeting, socialising with and having his photo taken with customers, but it doesn’t stop there. His itchy feet have seen him willingly bear-napped and whisked off on more European adventures, latterly in 2014 when he made a whistle-stop tour of Switzerland, France and England with a group from Marlborough Girls’ College. Despite a nasty fall off a high wall in Nimes, France, Paddington returned safe and sound (thanks to some quick thinking and top-notch CPR skills).

Later that same year Paddington had an exotic escape to Mongolia with one of our regulars, Ross Banbury. Paddington couldn’t speak highly enough of the country and was particularly taken by Genghis Khan, although the lack of marmalade proved an issue and saw him more than happy to return to Marlborough and Watery Mouth.

Come and have your snap taken with Paddington next time you’re enjoying your coffee at Watery Mouth, but keep your travel plans to yourself or he’ll be in your suitcase before you know it...


Anzac Day Opening Hours

Submitted by waterymouth on Fri, 22/04/2016 - 3:13pm

Looking for somewhere to meet with family or friends on Anzac Day? Watery Mouth Café will be open!

If you’re going to any of the commemoration services, we’re right next door to Seymour Square. Breakfast, lunch or coffee ... come in and see us on Monday – 8am until 3pm.

Easter Opening Hours

Submitted by waterymouth on Wed, 23/03/2016 - 1:34pm

It's coming up to Easter and we wanted to let you know when you can come and get your fix of coffee, chocolatey goodness and, of course eggs (Eggs Benedict perhaps?) at Watery Mouth Cafe over the long weekend.

Here goes:

As you can see we'll be serving up a warm welcome and delicious Marlborough food and drinks on Saturday and Sunday. On the Good Friday and Easter Monday we'll all be taking a bit of a breather and spending time with our loved ones.

Have a brilliant long weekend folks!

Best in the South

Submitted by waterymouth on Wed, 16/03/2016 - 10:05am

Watery Mouth Cafe Barista Matt makes championship coffee

We were very proud of our barista Matt Wright when he competed at the national barista champs recently. It was a huge honour for Matt to come up against such high calibre competition – he learned a lot and was delighted to be the highest placed South Island barista.

Matt was also praised by the judges for having “the least wastage” of the competition!

Come on in and try one of Matt’s championship coffees at Watery Mouth Café.

Watery Mouth Cafe's Barista, Matt, is Best in the South

Championship Coffee!

Submitted by waterymouth on Tue, 23/02/2016 - 6:18pm

We’re very proud of Matt Wright, one of our superstar staff members known for his fantastic coffees and big smile, heading off to the New Zealand Barista Champs later this month.

Matt has been with us at Watery Mouth for 3 and a half years - and did a great job at the latte art awards three years ago. As the only South Island entrant to date in this latest competition, we have every confidence he is going to do great things!

Come and get your coffee at Watery Mouth – help Matt practise ... and wish him well for February 26th.


Holiday opening hours

Submitted by waterymouth on Mon, 21/12/2015 - 5:23pm

We are closing for a few days over Christmas and the New Year so that our hard working staff can take a well-deserved break to spend time with family over the holiday period. Here are all the details so you know exactly when you can come in and get your fix of good coffee and mouth-watering food this festive season...

Have a very merry Christmas – we look forward to seeing you soon.

Juliet & the team

Calling all early birds

Submitted by waterymouth on Wed, 11/11/2015 - 3:51pm

For the early starters among you ... you can now come along to Watery Mouth Café from 7.00am every morning!

We’ve been listening to our customers and we’ll be open from 7.00am, seven days a week, until further notice. Come along bright and early for your morning coffee, or perhaps a delicious breakfast to get your working day off on the right foot. The eggs benedict, bacon and kumara stack, and our fantastic homemade muesli and fruit are all firm favourites.

See you in the morning.


Submitted by waterymouth on Mon, 19/10/2015 - 5:00pm

Like any cafe, at Watery Mouth it’s the customers that really make the
place special. Last week, however, we had a particularly unexpected case of
a customer really making themselves at home though.

If you’re one of our tea drinking regulars, rather than a coffee
aficionado, you’ll know we serve our tea in vintage bone china teacups.
Several of them have even been transformed into artwork to adorn our front
garden. So far so good.

Except that last week, we noticed several of the cups were missing.

Our baristas / detectives investigated - and they turned up in a rather
unexpected spot… Decorating the roundabout outside the cafe!

While we don’t usually appreciate our artwork walking out the door, we had
to make an exception this time as it adds something pretty unique and
interesting to the place! Even on a rare rainy day in Marlborough, they
really add a bright touch to an otherwise fairly standard roundabout. And
it feels rather fitting with Garden Marlborough coming up!

Brian’s Best...

Submitted by waterymouth on Thu, 01/10/2015 - 9:36am

My very dear friend Brian Bielski passed away last month. Brian was inextricably tied up with Watery Mouth – it is his mouth-watering recipes that we use for our ever popular sausage rolls and carrot cake. When we first opened he visited from the North Island to lend us a hand and part with his wealth of knowledge. He will be sadly missed.

In honour of this wonderful man, his friendship, and his close ties with our café, we have renamed his two dishes as “Brian’s Best Sausage Rolls” and “Bielski’s Carrot Cake”.

~ Juliet.

Treat Dad at Watery Mouth

Submitted by waterymouth on Fri, 04/09/2015 - 2:47pm

It’s Father’s Day this Sunday, 6 September... How about bringing Dad in to Watery Mouth for our delicious big brekkie – roasted cherry tomatoes, crispy bacon, chipped potatoes, mini sausages & portobello mushrooms, served on toasted ciabatta with two free-range eggs...

No need to cook – fantastic coffee on hand and a great toy area if you’re bringing the kids.

If this weekend doesn’t suit, you can always buy a voucher for dad to come at his leisure – perhaps he’d like to try the “best sausage rolls in NZ”* for morning tea one day.

Hope all the dads out there have a great day on Sunday!


*Or so our customers tell us!                                                                                                                                  


Enjoy great coffee, support a great cause

Submitted by waterymouth on Mon, 17/08/2015 - 4:46pm

Get your caffeine fix from Watery Mouth Café on Friday 21st August between 9am and 2pm and we will donate $1 from every coffee sold to Make a Wish New Zealand!

We’re proud to be fundraising for the inspiring Make a Wish foundation, whose mission is “to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.”

Come along to Watery Mouth this Friday – a fantastic opportunity to support such a wonderful cause.

Come and meet Rachel at her Watery Mouth coffice...

Submitted by waterymouth on Wed, 05/08/2015 - 3:27pm

We’re honoured to host the Marlborough Express’ Rachel McFadden (Marlborough Midweek) as she uses Watery Mouth as her Tuesday hub to meet the region’s lovely community and personalities.

While you might use Watery Mouth as somewhere to take a breather from work while you drink our delicious coffee, it’s also a great place to do work (while you drink our delicious coffee). Free Wi-Fi and the distance of the upstairs seating area from the social hub and noise of the coffee machine downstairs make it the perfect ‘coffice’ – whether you need to get some work done away from the office, you don’t have an office, or you need a meeting room – and did we mention the fantastic catering on site...

Come along and meet Rachel, Tuesdays 11.00am – 1.00pm.

Good books, good friends and free coffee!*

Submitted by waterymouth on Wed, 22/07/2015 - 3:29pm

Fantastic to see the Marlborough Book Festival returning this weekend after a really successful inaugural event last year. If you haven’t bought tickets yet there are still a few remaining - if you’re fast ... Head on over to

Watery Mouth Café is delighted to offer a 'buy one, get one free' on hot drinks over the festival weekend (24–26 July) to anyone coming in and showing their festival tickets.

So, bring a friend and pop in for a hot chocolate, coffee or tea before or after your session – the perfect excuse for a catch-up. Luxuriate over a coffee and share your thoughts on the top New Zealand authors who will be speaking during Marlborough’s very own celebration of writers and readers.

We’re looking forward to another #brilliant weekend ahead in Marlborough. Come and join the fun.

* The offer: buy one hot drink, get another hot drink free. Applies to Marlborough Book Festival weekend (24-26 July 2015) and is available to all those who show their official Book Festival tickets at the time of ordering.


A different kind of jam at Watery Mouth

Submitted by waterymouth on Mon, 29/06/2015 - 10:07am

Although we’re better known for the sweet kind of jam (on our fresh baked scones no less) we’re excited to be hosting a different kind of jam this August 7.

Southern Jam Youth Jazz Festival is the only event of its kind in the South Island, bringing the brightest young talent together in Marlborough this August. It’s a great opportunity for young secondary school jazz musicians to showcase their music, and learn from other great performers. Held over four days, there are events at a number of local venues, including Watery Mouth on August 7th.

It’s a great influx of music lovers from around New Zealand into the region, as well as a fantastic event for Marlburians to experience a new generation of musical talent.

Show your support for the young musicians at the FREE event at Watery Mouth Cafe on August 7 from 2.00pm – 4.00pm.

Southern Jam Youth Jazz Festival will be held 5–8 August, culminating in a Gala Concert at the Civic Theatre. Tickets for the Gala Concert Finale are available from Ticket Direct or the Civic Theatre.

Gangsters, glamour and good times...

Submitted by waterymouth on Fri, 26/06/2015 - 1:03pm

We were delighted to host a fantastic Murder Mystery event here at Watery Mouth Café for local Marlborough businesses, LSH Business Services and MCN recently.

The theme was “Murder at the Juice Joint” – think 1920s gangsters and flappers, glamour, mystery and intrigue. LSH and MCN really got into the spirit of it and it was such a fun night.

Murder Mysteries are perfect as a team building event or just for a night out, and all the hard work is done for you! The evening isn’t scripted but guests receive details of their character in advance, along with ideas for costumes, information about other characters and what sort of questions they might need to drop casually into conversations, or who they might need to bribe for information!

With prizes for guessing the murderer, for best dressed, best costume and more, the stakes are high and the enjoyment factor higher. You’ll be talking about it for weeks to come!

To find out more, contact Juliet on 03 578 3828 or via email to


Open all Easter!

Submitted by waterymouth on Wed, 01/04/2015 - 9:20am

We are open all Easter weekend with no surcharge.

Good Friday: 9.00am – 3.00pm
Saturday 4th April: 8.00am – 4.00pm
Easter Sunday: 8.00am – 4.00pm
Easter Monday: 9.00am – 3.00pm

It's the perfect place to bring your out-of-town visitors, or to treat yourself to a leisurely brunch, or coffee perhaps. We look forward to seeing you...

Searching for the perfect addition to our team...

Submitted by waterymouth on Thu, 08/01/2015 - 2:41pm

We're looking for the perfect addition to our Watery Mouth Cafe team. Is it you? Is it someone you know? Maybe someone looking to move to Marlborough but waiting for the right opportunity?

Look no further!

More details here:


Your Cafe Needs You!

Submitted by waterymouth on Fri, 17/10/2014 - 1:51pm

NZ Cafe of the Year Competition

We’re thrilled to announce that – thanks to our fantastic customers – we’ve made it into the top 10 in the NZ Cafe of the Year competition!

Voting closes on 27 October, so there’s still time for Watery Mouth to grab the top spot for Marlborough!

So, if you haven’t already voted (via text and the website), would you consider giving us your support? And if you have (thank you!!), are there some friends and family you can enlist to help our cause?

Thanks again to all our supporters – it means the world to us. We want nothing more than to have happy customers enjoying our great coffee and mouth-watering Marlborough fare.

Watery Mouth Cafe's BKA Stack

Click the link for voting details:

What do you get when you cross an office with a café?

Submitted by waterymouth on Tue, 29/07/2014 - 11:32am


What do you get when you cross an office with a café?

Though the question might sound like it’s a joke leading to a groanworthy punchline – the answer is in fact a “coffice”.  UrbanDictionary defines a coffice as “a coffee shop one makes into an office, where non-coffee shop work is performed”.
The ‘coffice’ trend reflects the changing face of work in the 21st century. Many businesspeople now can work with merely the help of a smartphone, a computer/device and decent Wi Fi connectivity.

Coffices are therefore perfect for people away on business (or supposedly on holiday, but needing to get a bit of work done!), remote workers, entrepreneurs without an office, or those businesses whose office doesn’t create a great vibe for team and client meetings.

According to a recent survey by O2 British workers are reported to spend 131 million hours a week working from cafes, and 46% found the cafe environment more productive than the office. Already around 40% of UK workers spend more than four hours a week working flexibly from cafes, and over 25% would choose to work from a cafe if they could.

And a 2012 study by the University of Illinois found that a moderate level of ambient noise often associated with cafés actually enhances "performance on creative tasks."

Although no similar studies have been done in New Zealand (or if they have, we’d love to hear about it – let us know!) anecdotally it is also a growing trend here.

And Marlborough is no exception. Owner of the Watery Mouth Café, Juliet Partington, has seen a steady increase in people using the Watery Mouth as a coffice since she started the business in 2011. “We’re really fortunate that our upstairs area is ideal for coffice workers. It’s far enough away from the coffee machines and main foot traffic so it’s quiet enough to concentrate, without being sterile and silent. Word of mouth has seen it used more and more for meetings, interviews, and businesspeople on their own simply looking to get work done. We’re delighted to create a welcoming environment for all our customers, whether they’re coming for business or pleasure.”

What are the key criteria that workers are looking for in a coffice?

In terms of the technical aspects, good and reliable Wi Fi connectivity is obviously a must have. A reasonable number of power points is helpful (in case you find your laptop running low). An environment conducive to work is also key – a steady background buzz is great, but if you can’t escape the flurry of noise and activity of the coffee machines and people ordering, the location slips down the desirability scale. And of course, good coffee, to fuel the work, is also important.

And what about coffice worker etiquette?

It all boils down to consideration. Talking at the top of your lungs on your mobile is not considerate of your fellow customers. And coming in for the whole day and only buying one coffee is not the done thing either. Use Wi-Fi and power responsibly - don't be a bandwidth hog, and be accommodating about sharing power outlets. Remember the café is a business too; the owner has bills to pay, mouths to feed, and targets to meet just like you. In short, simply treat others how you want to be treated, with respect and consideration, and you’ll not go wrong.

The verdict on coffices?

You'll get more done with coffee and connectivity – the great cake could be an added bonus!

Trip Advisor 'Certificate of Excellence' awarded to Watery Mouth

Submitted by waterymouth on Fri, 06/06/2014 - 3:19pm

We're delighted to share the news that we have received a TripAdvisor "Certificate of Excellence" award for 2014. 

It means a lot to us to have such support from our customers, and we'd like to say a big "thank you!" to all those who took the time to share feedback with us via Trip Advisor.

If you haven't, and you'd like to, we'd love to hear from you too. You can find our listing here: Watery Mouth Cafe on Trip Advisor

Thanks everybody!
~ Juliet


Home is where the Marmalade is!

Submitted by waterymouth on Wed, 28/05/2014 - 3:13pm

Paddington on tour

We're pleased to announce that our intrepid Paddington Bear has returned home safe and sound to his home at the Watery Mouth Cafe - after his recent bear-napping and adventures!

Our cuddly colleague returned home after a magical mystery tour of Europe. Turns out local man, Leith Hunt (husband of Hilary, the Head of Languages at Marlborough Girls’ College), thought Paddington had itchy feet and might like to accompany them on a recent school trip.

Leith says Paddington made for an entertaining travelling companion. One of the highlights came in Nimes, France, when Paddington accidentally fell off a high wall. Leith raced to his side and administered CPR – which created much hilarity and amusement amongst the locals. (And luckily Leith's CPR is up to scratch, as Paddington is back in fine form).

As a reward for Paddington’s safe return, we (the team at Watery Mouth Café) have donated a carton of Anathoth Marmalade, Paddington’s favourite, to the local Marlborough Foodbank.

Anathoth loved the story so much, they have agreed to match the donation. “This was such a fun story… and we are delighted to help.” Says Anathoth Brand Manager Julie Crean. Thanks Anathoth!

Together with Leith we presented the marmalade to Bruce Barker from the Marlborough Foodbank at the Watery Mouth Café as part of a celebratory morning tea - in our signature fine bone china - complete with marmalade sandwiches, of course.

Bruce says the Foodbank is grateful for the donation, as supplies generously given in their annual street appeal in December are running low, and demand is high. Donations of food would be welcomed by the Foodbank and can be delivered to Salvation Army.

Home is where the marmalade is

Pictured here are our very own Juliet & Paddington - accompanied by Bruce Barker (from the Marlborough Foodbank) & Leith Hunt (the cunning bear-napper).

You can also check out more of Paddington’s photos from his whirlwind European Tour at the Watery Mouth Café Facebook page

Bear-napping in Blenheim?

Submitted by waterymouth on Wed, 07/05/2014 - 3:12pm

As you may know if you follow our Facebook postings, we have have had reason to be worried about our cuddly workmate, Paddington Bear, who was last seen on 10th April during the “Royal Visit”, and suspected a case of Bear-napping in Blenheim!

However, we have been reassured that he is safe and well - though far from home - after a string of photographic updates and messages have been sent to us via our website.

"Hello my lovely team,  I have grown bored of sitting around and feel that the time has come for another adventure! I will be sending you some lovely pictures from my travels. Take care, Paddington Bear. Missing you all already Xxx" states Paddington in one his recent messages.

So far, Paddington’s travels have taken him to various parts of Europe, including Monaco, parts of France, Switzerland, and England, leaving staff and customers alike wondering when he might return home.  

Anyone who might have any information or clues as to whereabouts of Paddington are invited to get in touch via our Facebook page

In the meantime, staff can’t wait to hear from Paddington to find out where their intrepid friend’s adventure will take him next! 

Have you seen Watery Mouth Café’s Paddington? Post your latest sightings, tip-offs or clues to our Facebook page now...

Right Royally Excited!

Submitted by waterymouth on Mon, 07/04/2014 - 9:59pm

Only three sleeps to go until the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (“Kate and Will”) come to Blenheim! With our prime location overlooking Seymour Square it’s fair to say we’re excited to be catching a glimpse of them.

The flags are flying off our building, the special Union Jack uniforms ready, and the curtseys all practiced, all ready for a warm welcome for Kate and Will (should they decide to pop in for a latte) – as well as all our customers coming in to the Watery Mouth on Thursday.

We're also opening early especially - so come on in from 7am on Thursday 10th and get a coffee, tea or hot chocolate to sip...or perhaps some of our yummy cabinet food for an impromptu picnic in the Square while you wait...

Read more about it, and us, in the Marlborough Express article here







Photo credit: Derek Flynn

Experienced Chef

Submitted by waterymouth on Wed, 13/11/2013 - 12:52pm

We’re looking for a passionate and experienced chef to join our great team at the Watery Mouth Café.

Our ideal candidate will:

* be an experienced chef/cook
* be passionate about creating great food
* have at least a Basic Food Hygiene Certificate
* be looking for a daytime role, of 30 hours plus a week, and be able to work weekends (with some flexibility around hours or job sharing options)
* be a team player who can fit in well with the rest of the team – able to lead and take direction
* have a strong work ethic and take pride in your work

If that sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you. Please send your CV and cover letter, telling us why you’d be a great ‘fit’, to:
Juliet Partington, Watery Mouth Café, 71 High Street, Blenheim 7201 – or via email to

Closing date 27th November 2013.

Applications in writing only please.

Applicants for this position must have New Zealand residency or a valid New Zealand work visa.


Submitted by waterymouth on Wed, 25/09/2013 - 12:17pm

We’re looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Barista to join our great team at the Watery Mouth Café.

A bit about us:
We’re a vibrant café in the heart of Blenheim, and we’re focused on keeping up our award-winning reputation. Our name gives an insight into the philosophy at Watery Mouth – it’s about creating the perfect environment in which to enjoy the mouth-watering sensation that comes when you look at, smell, and eat delicious food – and coffee! You can find out more here on our website. 

And now, about you:
You’ll need to:

  • be an experienced Barista (preferably with experience on a manual machine)
  • be able to create high-quality coffee at a bustling pace
  • work weekends
  • be a team player – personable and gelling well with the rest of the team
  • have a strong work ethic and take pride in your work - and your presentation
  • be motivated to consistently deliver a great customer experience for our valued clients

What next?

Perhaps you know someone who'd be great for this role? Please "share this" with them...

Or if that sounds like you we’d love to hear from you. Please send your CV and cover letter, telling us why you’d be a great ‘fit’, to:

Juliet Partington, Watery Mouth Café, 71 High Street, Blenheim 7201 – or via email to

Closing date 15th October 2013.

Applications in writing only please.

Please note: Applicants for this position must have New Zealand residency or a valid New Zealand work visa.

We Hear You

Submitted by waterymouth on Fri, 06/09/2013 - 12:40pm

Our customers are our most important critics, so when you say something’s not right, we listen. Our takeaway coffee surcharge has met resistance from some of our valued patrons, so we have dropped it. From now on our takeaway surcharge will no longer apply. Thanks for sharing your thoughts – keep them coming.

Here at Watery Mouth we’re committed to caring for the environment, and we welcome you bringing in your own reusable takeaway cup. Don’t have one yet? Check out our range of Ideal reusable cups when you’re next in for a coffee.


Keywords: takeaway, coffee, surcharge, environment, reusable, cup

A Sparkling Afternoon At Watery Mouth Cafe

Submitted by waterymouth on Tue, 30/07/2013 - 10:30am

We were delighted to partner with local jewellers, McCormick & Co, to host a Sunday afternoon soiree. The relaxed atmosphere of the cafe, along with delicious canapés and fine wine, provided the ideal backdrop for invited guests to view a selection of beautiful jewellery items at their leisure. McCormick & Co’s registered in-house jeweller was also on hand to answer questions from the guests regarding fine jewellery.









McCormick & Co’s in-house jeweller discusses the finer points of jewellery with guests


To add to the fun of the afternoon, Watery Mouth Cafe’s barista Michael gave guests tips on how to make great coffee. There was much laughter and hilarity as guests tried their hand at making their own coffee. I think it is safe to say that Michael’s not in danger having his latte-art skills usurped any time soon!

Thanks to McCormick & Co and all the guests who attended for making it such a delightfully entertaining afternoon.












Guests mix and mingle over canapés and wine 


Get Up And Do Some Good

Submitted by waterymouth on Wed, 29/05/2013 - 5:11pm

Watery Mouth Cafe have been delighted to partner with the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation to "get up and do some good". While both May dates are now fully booked, we are happy to host another Pink Ribbon breakfast event if you want to get a group together - it doesn't have to be in May!


The Taste of Success

Submitted by waterymouth on Mon, 13/05/2013 - 11:01pm

Congratulations to Watery Mouth Barista, Michael! 

He placed an outstanding 9th at the New Zealand Latte Art Championship, and was one of only two first-timers to place in the top ten.

You can see an article about Michael's success (and watch him whip up a coffee angel in about 30 seconds) on the Marlborough Express page here:

Latte Art

Submitted by waterymouth on Tue, 23/04/2013 - 10:41am

Following on from recent local interest in his latte art, Watery Mouth barista Michael is pitting himself against New Zealand's best next month. Michael will be representing the Watery Mouth Cafe at the 'The New Zealand Latte Art Championships', held in Auckland at the beginning of May.

The Latte Art Championships are a high-pressure, two-day event, testing New Zealand's best baristas' artistic talents in on-demand performance. In the preliminary round Michael will have to create a single creative pattern, which will be photographed and judged, and then he will have to go on to produce two identical free-pour lattes and two identical designer lattes.The highest-scoring six competitors at the end of the preliminary round, will  then compete in the final round. The finalists will have to present two identical samples of ‘art in a cup’ for three different beverages – a latte, a macchiato, and a signature beverage.The beverages will be judged immediately for visual attributes, creativity, identical patterns in the pairs, contrast in the patterns, as well as overall performance.

The New Zealand Latte Art Championship leads to the World Latte Art Championship which is being held in France in June 2013.

All the very best Michael!

Art in Your Coffee

Submitted by waterymouth on Sat, 20/04/2013 - 3:15pm

Michael (Watery Mouth barista extraordinaire) has been making headlines with his coffee art!

Check out the recent article about him in the Marlborough Express:


Many of our regulars tell us they love their dose of artistic flair with their coffee. Hot favourites recently have been the peacock and the scorpion.

Which is your favourite?


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