Prima Roastery

Monday8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Tuesday8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Wednesday8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Thursday8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Friday8:00 am – 4:00 pm.



387 Brougham Street, Sydenham

03-373 8180

Discreetly tucked into the far end of a courtyard on Garlands Road, family-owned Prima Roastery and Coffee Bar is a hidden gem. The roastery supplies coffee to a number of cafes within the city, along with training, support and equipment. Home brewers are also well taken care of with a rotating selection of beans and a carefully chosen range of equipment. The little coffee bar is fitted out with reclaimed Rimu and stylish black accents. Spots of colour are provided by potted plants sitting along the open shelves.

Prima was the first roastery in Aotearoa to use compostable packaging for its coffee way back in 2011, and its crew is serious about sustainability. Until Christchurch municipal composting can process compostable materials, Prima is closing the loop by accepting its coffee bags back at the roastery and composting them at a small farm in Leeston. The composting is powered by green waste, collected from selected cafes, enabling Prima double down on its composting efforts. Prima was presented an Ecoware Waste Warrior Award in 2018 in recognition of its dedication to waste reduction.

Staying true to this sustainable ethos, there are no take away coffee cups at the coffee bar. Customers can take a seat in the sun around communal tables to enjoy a brew in real cups, or bring a vessel of their choice to be filled with delicious coffee. Prima also stocks reusable take away cups for purchase.

Beans make their way to the Fairtrade-certified roastery from the major coffee regions across the globe, and a range of blends and origins are available from the coffee bar. From espresso to something special for your pour-over, make sure you have a chat with the friendly folks behind the counter (requests are encouraged) and they’ll make sure you get a coffee experience you’ll soon return for.

Words by Petra Nyman & Photography by Nancy Zhou

387 Brougham Street, Sydenham

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