Viking Coffee Roasters x Espresso245

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Monday7:00 am – 3:30 pm.

Tuesday7:00 am – 3:30 pm.

Wednesday7:00 am – 3:30 pm.

Thursday7:00 am – 3:30 pm.

Friday7:00 am – 3:30 pm.

SaturdayClosed.

SundayClosed.

6/245 Saint Asaph Street, South Unit, Christchurch

021 173 9116

Part of Espresso245 in the Christchurch CBD, Viking Coffee is Aotearoa’s answer to freshly roasted specialty coffee. Owner/Operators Markus and Maria Hirner opened the roastery in 2016 with a vision of championing high-quality ingredients for a “crop to cup” experience, and that’s exactly what they’ve achieved.

The roasting process here is rooted in a deep respect for the farmers who produce high quality, ethically grown beans, and Markus will be the first one to say that’s why they don’t offer dark roasts. If you ask him to explain further, he’ll give the analogy of cooking a great cut of steak well done, noting that you lose the complex flavours and skills necessary to craft a truly great cuppa by roasting the beans for too long. 

While the majority of the beans are sourced from Colombia, the role Viking Coffee Roasters plays in the local cafe community can’t be understated. The roastery is available to rent, allowing other cafe owners to experiment with bringing roasting in-house without the burden of figuring out the process on their own. Just head to their website for more information on how to get signed up to learn more. The team is a wealth of knowledge and is happy to set you on the right path. 

If you’re more interested in sitting back while someone else makes the coffee, then meander through the roastery to the in-house cafe and espresso bar, Espresso245, where you’ll find a minimalist fit-out complete with high-tops and a communal table. It’s the perfect spot to unwind with a classic eggs bene and a specialty coffee roast, like Pink Bourbon Variety, which is grown by Rafael Amaya in Colombia and tastes like blackberry, cocoa and red wine. Intrigued? There are plenty more roasts where they came from, so make sure to stay on the regular circuit of updates on their social media, or pop in to see what’s currently available.

Words by Caitlin Brown & Photography by Nancy Zhou

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Location

6/245 Saint Asaph Street, South Unit, Christchurch

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