As far as we’re concerned, the only thing better than a freshly-baked croissant in the morning, is a freshly-baked croissant that we don’t have to leave the house for. Which is exactly what this new, online ‘micro-bakery’ is offering — its delicate, delicious viennoiserie able to be ordered online and delivered tout de suite, so that we might enjoy our favourite French pastries from the comfort of home.
Called Mor (an appropriate name for a place of which we cannot get enough), the online bakery was started by friends Laura Metcalf and Kelsie Culpan, who met while studying patisserie in Auckland, before each doing a stint overseas. On reconnecting back in New Zealand earlier this year, the duo realised that they had a shared vision for opening their own place, and began to lay the foundations for what Mor would eventually become.
“We essentially wanted to make damn good pastries,” Laura tells me, “but we’d also like to create a sort of community I guess,” she says, divulging that there are a few pop-ups in the works to showcase Mor’s impressive offering. “There’s something so comforting about a freshly-baked pastry,” Laura continues (and I agree). “With Mor we are really focused on quality over quantity, so all the little details really matter to us… our goal has really been to give the classics a little extra oomph… which has meant playing with traditional flavour combinations and giving them a few unexpected twists.”
From Mor’s exceptional almond croissants (trust us, they’re some of the best in town), to its ever-changing monthly Danishes (the current flavour, Laura tells me, is poached pear and buttermilk custard with Manuka honey glaze), the line-up of tantalising baked goods from this small operation is impressive in flavour and scale.
And the process of ordering is very simple. Via Mor’s website, you can choose your preferred pastry and how many you’d like in your box (usually 4 or 6 or 10), and have it delivered between Thursdays and Sundays. While Mor does deliver to a range of Auckland postcodes, it still is only a two-woman operation, so if you fall outside the delivery zones, you can elect to pick up your goodies instead.
Offering an easy and practical service that we really didn’t know we needed until now, Mor is a welcome new addition that (despite having only opened recently) has fast become essential for any cosy weekend at home.