Kōkako Commercial Bay

Kōkako Commercial Bay

Kōkako Organic Coffee Roasters may have a long history in New Zealand’s coffee industry, but there is one notch the roaster has never added to its belt: operating a coffee bar.
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Ozone COffee ROasters

Ozone Coffee Roasters

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.”
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Auckland Breezey Masters

Robert Kim wins Auckland Breezey Masters

Robert Kim from Hello Friends and Allies has won the Auckland Breezey Masters competition, the final regional of the 2019 season. Shogo Shimoji from Café 88, Leo Li from Newbie Café, and Isaac Yu from 21 Grams rounded out the finalists.
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Volt Espresso

Volt Espresso

Five years ago, Volt Espresso opened a hole-in-the-wall shop in Newmarket, Auckland to showcase its coffee and imported equipment. Now, the boutique roaster has branched out with a second espresso bar in the Auckland CBD. “When we started off, no-one else in the area was doing anything both good and fast, so we were able to captivate that office worker market,” Owner Peter Grant says.
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Kind Morningside

Kind

The last thing Cathie Cottle expected when she opened Kind café in Morningside, Auckland was for members of the All Blacks rugby team to frequent the female oriented café. “It is not a demographic we aimed for at all, but we’re very close to Eden Park stadium and a couple of our All Blacks are of different faiths and have dietary needs because of that,” Cathie says. “While developing Kind, I was given free rein to basically make it a café where I would like to go, and because of that we have a largely female demographic. We’ve been pleasantly surprised to have a lot of guys come in too.”
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New Zealand Cup Tasters Championship

NZSCA announces 2019 Latte Art and Cup Tasters Championships

The New Zealand Specialty Coffee Association (NZSCA) has announced it will hold the 2019 New Zealand Cup Tasters and Latte Art Championships on 3 May and 5 May, respectively. The 2019 New Zealand Cup Tasters Championship will be held at Ozone Coffee Roasters on 18 Westmoreland Street West, Grey Lynn, Auckland.
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A-Block

A-Block

A-Block, the flagship café of small-scale roastery Society Coffee, creates a space that embodies the company’s ethos of treating coffee like art. “The name comes from the art block you used to get in school,” Owner David Huang says. “We work with a lot of local artists who do our murals, décor, and small table settings. With the company working with so many different types of art, it kind of feels like an art block to us.”
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NZSCA to hold Barista Championship Workshops

The New Zealand Specialty Coffee Association (NZSCA) will hold a series of Barista Championship Workshops across New Zealand ahead of the Meadow Fresh New Zealand Barista Championship in February 2019. The NZSCA workshops will provide baristas with an opportunity to network, develop new skills, and refine their knowledge of the Championship rules and regulations.
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Williams Eatery

Charles Williams had been working for six years in an Auckland roaster doing wholesale until he simply got jealous of café owners and the connection they had with customers in the retail space. He started a small coffee shop in Auckland called Ceremony three years ago, and then saw the opportunity to lease a 100-seater restaurant in the city and start an all-day eatery with his brother, Patrick Williams. “We wanted to make specialty coffee approachable in the downtown corporate market we’re located in, and introduce customers to the way it’s sourced and roasted,” Charles says. 
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