Situated in the small, historical precinct of Arrowtown, New Zealand, Lost Café is a local haven for great coffee and food. Centrally located between three ski fields including Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Cardrona ski resort, the former gold-mining town attracts visitors and ski bunnies from around the globe for its picturesque landscapes, ski fields and charming village.
Manager Clark Carmody says the café has become a real town icon. “People have been coming here for the past 10 years,” he says. “Even if you’re not from around here, you feel like you’re walking into a community environment.”
With an outdoor deck space to relax and interior made from the lining of old shipping containers, stained plywood boards and varnished tables, Clark says Lost Café is the ideal place to relax.
“It’s a really laid back café, people come in loving the vibe of the place and sit out on the deck while we crank up the music, chill out and enjoy the atmosphere,” he says.
With 90 per cent of business from locals alone, Clark says he aims for consistency in his café, aiming to produce great food and exceptional coffee.
Lost Café uses a Weger coffee machine and the Primo Blend from L’affare, a coffee roaster in Wellington. Clark describes the blend as a “rich, strong coffee” that has such a strong kick they have to warn people before they taste it.
Lost Café’s coffee hasn’t changed in the past 10 years and with no intention of changing it any time soon, coffee remains their main focus.
A former chef, Clark takes charge of the all-day breakfast and lunch menu, serving the food local Kiwis love to eat to kick-start their day, including scrambled eggs on vogels (NZ bread) and a Brat sausage bun. Clark says one of the most popular breakfast choices is a coffee with ‘The Sweetie bacon and egg bun, a real favourite with the local builders and tradies.
Having worked in the hospitality industry for 10 years, Clark says the casual lifestyle keeps him motivated. “I just enjoy the social aspect of it,” he says. “You get to know everyone, have a great time with the locals and I still get time to walk the dogs before the sun sets each night.”