Yes, the great challenge. When living in Mangaweka, to get to the big smoke we have 2 choices; Wanganui 1 hour to the west or Palmerston North 1 hour to the east. So we decided the best basis for the decision should be the quality of the the fluffies on offer. Whilst not an exhaustive search, we picked busy, easy to get to and well known cafes; Cafe Cuba in Palmy and Orange in Wangavegas.
And the verdict is:
Big thumbs up for Cafe Cuba, cnr George and Cuba sts, our reviewer was GREATLY impressed with 3 marshmallows and an intricate syrup and choco artwork to muck up with fingers and spoons. And it was chocolate milk too, when will the sweetness end? This was a top class effort at $1.50 and Ma & Pa reckon the Supreme roast coffee is consistently good too. (And the chocolate silk cake is excellent - heaven on a plate).
So how does the competition stack up?
Well, The Orange Cafe, river end of Victoria Ave has unfortunately suffered in its review from the vagaries of having a 4 year old as senior reviewer! Bit of a thumbs down here for the $1 fluffy, lacking in artistic interpretation and only 2 fluffy marshmallows. That said Mum & Dad both agreed these were pretty good coffees (Gravity beans and we had piccolos) and the beetroot risotto was up there in the foodie stakes.