COFFEE Round up
There’s a boutique coffee roaster situated in the historic village of Puhoi. It was established in 2007 by Daphne and Darryll Hollamby and has an emphasis on organic, fair trade practices. “We use a blend of 100% Arabica beans from some of the best coffee regions in the world such as Ethiopia, Indonesia and Brazil – all sourced from farmers using organic practices and bought at economically sustainable prices,” says Daphne. “We produce both medium and dark roasts, using a hot air roaster.”
Puhoi coffee is a smooth, well balanced blend. Daphne and Darryll also have a decaf coffee which uses the Swiss Water Method of decaffeinating. This won the Bronze award at the 2010 and 2011 NZ Coffee Festival Awards. It’s available locally at the Puhoi General Store, Puhoi Pub and Bistro, Puhoi Cottage Tearooms and many other outlets.
Hayden’s been palying with Rush Coffee’s new state-of-the-art roaster – coaxing it to bring out the best flavour from every bean. The new machine allows room for Rush, a five gold medallist business, to grow, and takes the pressure off their original roaster. Rush is a family affair, owned and operated by Hayden Prujean and his wife Emma, along with their daughter Betsy and son-in-law Aaron. Rush indeed – they’ve been busy scooping up a new industry medal, welcoming Felix – a new grandson, and recently roasted their 100th tonne (that’s roughly 100,000 coffees). But Hayden says despite sounding action-packed, the family are determined to remain boutique and high quality, staying at their current location – a picturesque lifestyle block just out of Mangawhai. They’ll also keep the laughs and chats on tap at Mangawhai’s Farmer’s Market. And if you’re wondering about THAT radio jingle… that’s family talent too, recorded from singer-songwriter Emma’s own studio, with Betsy on voiceover!
When you imbibe up to five cups of double shot ristretto machiatti daily, you’ve sussed your coffee! Owner of Matakana Coffee Roasters, Lindesay, says it’s the bold hit he loves, with little milk to mess with flavour. Customers have come to expect perfect caffeine in their cup from MCR - right down to the 1000th one dished out each Saturday at the Matakana Farmer’s Market. Lindesay and partner Angela say quality coffee is just the tip of the iceberg. They’ve been taking Matakana out to the world, setting up cafés in Matakana and Hobsonville Point, winning industry awards, and churning out product to eateries and New World and Nosh foodmarket – but all the while staying fiercely loyal to their incubator, Matakana. Lindesay claims they’ll always be a boutique roaster, staying tight to their philosophy of encouraging customers to buy small quantities of coffee regularly to ensure the beans are always fresh.
Matakana Coffee Roasters are also the parent brand to a very special sub-brand and a rustic little joint at the Matakana Farmer’s Market - The Love Shack! Operating for over twelve years, Lindesay and Angela love that such a small footprint in the heart of the market can generate such an outpouring of loyalty from locals. The Love Shack is a daily ritual in the lives of so many - tradies, artists, local business faces, even folk with knighthoods going under the radar. This casual and ramshackle hut is a precious part of his or her day, and the magic lies in making everyone feel special – plus of course, the love in every cup! Love Shack baristas know the customers and make intros accordingly; it’s a scene of laughter and dynamic conversation, and of course top-notch Matakana Coffee Roasters Village Market blend. www.matakanacoffee.co.nz
Coffee Capsules 2U
There’s a bit of George Clooney about town and he’s ethical, strong, reliable and quick. Welcome to Coffee Capsules 2U, the Nespresso-compatible capsules sold online and ready to shift the way we take our jitter juice at home (or work). Who are the faces behind this exciting new business? Warkworth locals, Patrick and Louise Cole. When setting up, their focus was clear – engage with the community and leave nothing in the landfill (check out that story online). They are not coffee scientists, nor are they flowery. They won’t sniff your cup and cry “toffee” or “fruit”! But they will admit to top quality, great flavour and a 10/10 recycle story. Patrick reckons the humble kettle could be like a VHS - fairly obsolete before too long! The concept is simple; incredible tasting coffee squeezed into a fully recyclable capsule (suitable for Nespresso machines), delivered to your door for a humble price.