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Luciano Marcolino is the Barista Champion behind the success of Luciano Espresso Bar. Born in Brazil, Luciano came to Christchurch in 1998 and immediately knew that it was the place he wanted to call home.

Now he is a mainstay of the Canterbury (and New Zealand) Coffee Community. Having a coffee at Luciano Espresso Bar, knowing that Luciano himself has won the title of NZ Barista Champion many times over, you know you're guaranteed one of the best Coffee experiences in town.

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At Luciano Espresso Bar we pride ourselves in giving you the best coffee experience. We have a passion for coffee excellence that stems from Luciano himself. He's been crowned as New Zealand Barista champion on more than one occasion, which means an expertly crafted coffee every time from either Luciano's own hand, or one of his personally trained team.

You can enjoy a range of hot drinks from Cappuccinos to Flat Whites, Lattes to Ristrettos, Viennas and everything in between. What's more, if you have a certain way you like your coffee made, the Luciano team can make it for you.

We also are the home of The Real Chocolate Mocha, which has to be seen and tasted to be believed. At Luciano our bean of Choice comes from Crafted Coffee right here in Christchurch. You also have options other than cow's milk with Soy and Rice Milk available.


We take pride in offering a selection of delicious food both from our menu and cabinet, that caters for a variety of dietary requirements from vegan and vegetarian to gluten and dairy free. A few of our more popular menu dishes are our Soft Shell Tacos, the Pumpkin & Kumara Stack, and our amazing Lamb Salad.

Our breakfast menu boasts such dishes as our Banoffles (not a typo), the Lucianos Big Breakfast, French Toast, and the ever popular Eggs Bene, all available with a choice of toppings, free range eggs and bacon.

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So much has happened here at Luciano Espresso Bar since the devastating earthquakes that hit Christchurch through 2010 and 2011. After the February 2011 quake, Luciano's original location was forced to shut it's doors after the building suffered significant damage.

While this was a tough time for all of us (those who worked in the cafe AND those who couldn't get their favourite Luciano coffee) it has certainly opened new doors and possibilities. Come and visit us at our new location: 76 Moorhouse Avenue.

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When We're Open Monday to Friday:         07:00 - 16:30
Saturday and Sunday: 08:00 - 16:30
Public Holidays:         08:00 - 16:00
Check Out Our Menu We have an awesome Breakfast and Lunch Menu as well as Hot and Cold drink options. Check out our full menu by clicking here.

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Luciano Espresso Bar
76 Moorhouse Avenue
Christchurch 8011

Phone: (03) 961 1153


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