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Keeping up with the Coffee Regulars: Jac van Leeuwen

21 March 2018

Espresso bar regular Jac van Leeuwen feels an affinity with Emporio owner, Eric Heycoop. The Mediaworks Senior Account Manager chuckles as he explains maybe it’s because they’re both Dutch. Sales and trade are at the heart of both their business dealings, and their friendship!

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Corporate Coffee Champion

13 March 2018

Many people don’t know that Pavement, one of Wellington’s first ‘coffee boxes’, is owned by Emporio. It’s 21-year-old Nathan Milburn who powers Pavement each day, starting work at 6.30am to ensure he’s ready for his first customers at 6:55am.

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Young, Gifted and in Our Neighbourhood

13 December 2017

A flat over around the corner, a music studio over the road, a boyfriend also working for us, we’re lucky 21-year-old Australian Melina Payne and her UK boyfriend Jack not only chose Wellington for their next adventure, but Te Aro!

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Heading South: Emporio Coffee on the Mainland

12 December 2017

We catch up with Janice Paterson, owner of Ambience, our Southern-most café.

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Lightening Rod: Emporio Barista

22 November 2017

Rod Hill has been with us for just seven weeks but he already feels at home at Emporio.

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Orange is the New Black: Kapiti Coast Coffee

28 August 2017

Vanessa Richmond used to work long hours in HR at a London finance house. That life must feel a long way away from her small business on the Kapiti Coast, where she now trades in coffee and conversation.

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In the Mountains of Bali

23 August 2017

Emporio’s Simon Maguire is telling me about cats poo-ing out coffee beans. I think he’s joking ... 

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Our First Clients: Martinborough Coffee

24 May 2017

The Martinborough Village Café, under a former owner and as part of the Martinborough Wine Centre, opened in 2000, around the same time as Miriam and Eric Heycoop established Emporio Coffee. It was Emporio’s first café client! Seventeen years later and with new owners Bruce Laurence and Chris Peterson, Emporio Coffee is proudly still ‘served here’. On a crisp Autumn day, I hooned over the hill and sat down with Bruce for a lively chat...

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Moto-Mates Bond Over Coffee

24 May 2017

Emporio owners Miriam and Eric Heycoop have just returned from a week in Victoria. Always a great opportunity to experience inner-city Melbourne’s amazing café scene, this time Eric ventured further afield for a completely different coffee experience.  And it was in the small settlement of Malmsbury, about an hour’s drive from the centre of Melbourne, that he discovered a kindred spirit.

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Students - Win Free Barista Training in our Instagram Competition

26 April 2017

Want to work in a café? Follow and tag us on Instagram and you’ll go in the draw to win free barista training from our expert trainer, Katie Forshaw.

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