In a former warehouse in the Auckland suburb of Grey Lynn, Ozone Coffee Roasters’ new eatery and roastery combines industrial elements with a warm, hospitable feel. Creative Director James Gurr says this creates a space that morphs throughout the day.
“We had been seeking the right opportunity to have an Auckland presence for some time. We wanted to find the right place and although it took longer than we expected, the space we found in Grey Lynn was just the spot, within a community we couldn’t wait to be a part of,” James says.
“It’s a leafy suburb, a stone’s throw away from Central Auckland and Ponsonby Road. It’s busy but relaxed at the same time, and there’s a sense of discovery in finding our spot which our customers love.”
The venue doubles as a 100-seat eatery and wholesale roastery. Behind a wall of glass runs a visible Probat UG 22 reconditioned coffee roaster, and upstairs is a barista training facility and quality control lab. The café roasts all of its coffee in-house, including rotating single origins and two blends. Ozone’s house coffee is Empire, a South American and African blend with caramel, chocolate, and berry jam notes.
“The components change throughout the year in line with the availability of fresh crop, but we work hard to maintain the taste profile and quality in the cup,” James says. “It’s a trusted friend that we know we can count on time and again.”
These coffees are prepared with a customised La Marzocco Strada, or across brewing methods including AeroPress, V60, syphon, and cold brew. Two Mythos Ones and a Mahlkönig EK43 grinder sit on the bench, along with a Juggler milk dispenser, Bunn Smart Wave brewer, and Felicita scales.
“Efficiency and workflow with beautiful design were priorities in our choice of equipment as well as working with brands we already know and love,” James says.
With existing operations in New Plymouth and London, James says the Grey Lynn eatery allows Ozone to offer a space for everyone in the community to share food and feel relaxed.
“We love that we have the ability to give people a chance to chill with us, get some flavour in their cup, some lush on their plate, and build relationships and make connections with the people in our community,” he says.
Ozone Coffee Roasters
18 Westmoreland Street West, Grey Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand, 1021
Open Monday and Tuesday, 7am to 9:30pm, Wednesday to Friday 7am to 10pm, Saturday 8am to 10pm, Sunday 8am to 9:30pm
+64 09 3608125