A Guide to New Zealand'sCoffee Roasters

Not all coffee is created equal, so in our guide to New Zealand’s coffee roasters, we pay homage to those roasting, brewing and serving it the best. You’ll find micro roasters rubbing shoulders with the country’s biggest producers.

Those roasting, brewing and serving it the best

Auckland

Red Rabbit

Shed 3, 7-10 Faraday Street, Auckland

Crafting clean, sweet, seasonal espresso blends and single origin filter coffees from their espresso bar and roastery, Red Rabbit present truly excellent coffee from around the globe.

Their massive Parnell headquarters are home to a roaster, bean retail store and café complete with coffee bar and communal tables – snack on a Leeds Street Bakery salted caramel cookie with a batch brew. At their HQ, staff are keen to inform the coffee enthusiast on the ins and outs of home brewing, so whether you’re a beginner or a connoisseur, expect to be educated in a simple, relatable way.

A man making a coffee in the cafe.

3 Beans Coffee Roasters

City Works Depot, 90 Wellesley Street West, Auckland

Jonny McKessar’s entry into the roasting business was a logical step from his previous experience in, and lifelong passion for, coffee. These days, he runs a small team of roasters and oversees each batch.

The coffee you drink at his flagship or partner cafés could be from anywhere in the world - blends are not set in stone, and depend on what Jonny thinks tastes best.

There’s a small espresso bar out front of the roastery, and although limited in space, this doesn’t stop the coffee ends from flocking to get their fix.

Roasted coffee beans.

Atomic Coffee Roasters

420C New North Road, Auckland

Started on Ponsonby Road in 1992, Atomic Coffee Roasters are an iconic Auckland brand priding themselves on consistently great coffee.

Atomic buy from Fairtrade certified co-operatives, so be assured your coffee is grown ethically and sustainably. As specialty roasters, every bean Atomic buy is selected and roasted for specific characteristics in the cup. They have a diverse selection of blends including ‘Veloce’, a rich and robust roast, characteristically Atomic.

A sign outside Atomic coffee.

Hamilton

Havelock North

Hawthorne Coffee Roasters

23 Napier Road, Havelock North

A local favourite and for good reason, Hawthorne are an integral part of the close knit Havelock North community. More than your average regional coffee roaster, they’ve been serving and roasting coffee since the 1990’s, as well as supplying the rest of the country with their impeccable beans.

Their espresso bar, attached to the front of their roastery, is a stylishly curated space where you can experience the brand first hand.

A man roasting coffee.

New Plymouth

Ozone Coffee Roasters

47a King Street, New Plymouth

From humble beginnings, Ozone Coffee Roasters have become both a nationally and internationally recognised brand. You’ll find their coffee in cafés from Glenfield to Roslyn, as well as a café
and roastery flagship in London.

Their home base is in New Plymouth’s West Precinct, renowned for its arts and hospitality scene. Here they offer everything for the coffee bean enthusiast at their Beanstore, from beans to brewing equipment, as well as serving simple food in their café.

A man making coffee.

Wellington

Gentlemen’s Beans

Courtenay Kiosk, Corner Courtenay Place and Taranaki Street, Wellington

They like to keep things simple at Gentlemen’s Beans, roasting just one blend brewed via espresso.
Wanting to guarantee a consistent flavour every time, they do small batch roasting (using beans mainly from Guatemala, Ethiopia and Nicaragua), aiming for a rich, powerful and layered coffee.

Ensuring their great blend is enjoyed as much as possible by city folk, Gentlemen’s Beans’ brew is served at Scopa Caffé Cucina, The Bresolin, and their Tommy Millions sites.

The cafe space.

Mojo

Shed 13, 37 Customhouse Quay, Wellington

Starting out as a small roaster and café, Mojo have built up a recognisable brand thanks to their multiple cafés in Wellington and Auckland.

At their roastery on the Wellington waterfront at Shed 13, they roast three signature house blends, ‘Dr. Mojo’s Medicine’, ‘The Injection’ and ‘Feelgood’. They also roast a range of single origins, micro lot beans and over 90 other coffees from around the world. Traceability from origin ensures they can deliver a ‘crop to cup’ approach with involvement in every step of the way.

The coffee roaster at Mojo.

Flight Coffee

30 Garrett Street, Wellington

A fun, curious and colourful coffee company, Flight was founded by Richard Corney, Matt Graylee and Nick Clark. Together they bring a wealth of coffee sourcing, roasting and brewing knowledge to their brand. Nick is a multi-award winning barista, Richard often finds himself judging the World Barista Championships and Matt tastes the coffees and works with farmers around the globe.

Going the extra mile to source their beans, they set up Raw Material, a green coffee export company which purchases beans from producers at fixed prices, ensuring a consistent price for the company and their end consumer.

A coffee on a table.

Christchurch

C4 Coffee Co.

278 Tuam Street, Christchurch

C4 Coffee Co are the quiet achievers of the country’s coffee roasting industry. They’ve been sourcing and supplying coffee for over 20 years.

C4 operate out of a very spacious warehouse in central Christchurch, which plays host to their entire operations. Sourcing, roasting, shipping, brewing and serving their specialty coffee under one roof, you can watch it all happen from the comfort of your armchair in their café.

At home base, the team roast a range of different blends, including their famous ‘Krank’, alongside a rotating selection of no less than 12 single origin options available at any one time.

A man making coffee.

Switch Espresso

25 Birmingham Drive, Middleton

Starting out as a one man roasting operation in New Brighton, Switch Espresso have grown to become an iconic Christchurch brand thanks to their holistic approach to both coffee and hospitality.
Sourcing beans from Trade Aid and organic co-operatives from around the world, Switch roast several different single origin coffees which are made into a range of superb blends for both wholesale and at home brewing. They also serve single origin coffee via syphon, filter and Aeropress at their small collection of cafes.

Jailbreaker

297 Lincoln Road, Christchurch

Jailbreaker Coffee are a company that exists to serve others, redistributing 70% of their profits locally and globally, including back to the growers of the coffee they use. Most of their Fairtrade and organic coffee beans are sourced through Trade Aid, giving a robustness around transparency of fair trading practices and quality control.

Their house blend, ‘Jailbreaker’, is an ever evolving mix of beans from around the world, roasted to perfection at their café, Addington Coffee Co-op.

A man pouring coffee.

Dunedin

Common Ground Espresso

Unit 11, 4 Strathhallan Street, Dunedin

A coffee company that like to do things a little differently, you won’t find branded t-shirts, shouty street signs or pushy sales staff coming out of Common Ground Espresso. Instead, their focus is on simply providing great coffee to the good people of Dunedin and Central Otago.

Big on small batch quality, they brew by espresso at their roaster for their two ‘Dispensary’ cafés and cafés who share a ‘common’ code.

A man roasting coffee.