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Louise McHattie: Coffee Winner on the Day

13 September 2016

Après ski or celebrity-spotting, grab an Emporio coffee at Café Society in Queenstown, one of our newest café clients. Open since December last year, owner Louise McHattie reports that New Zealander of the Year, Richie McCaw is a big fan and was a regular in the opening weeks. We asked Louise what, apart from famous customers, has been central to success …

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Meet the Baristas: Matt Haigh

11 August 2016

Thirteen years in hospitality, Matt has just joined us at Emporio HQ in Abel Smith St. As well as being an expert barista, he’ll be offering barista training for Emporio clients, students and anyone else who is keen to learn the skills.

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Eric Heycoop: Revving and Roasting

29 June 2016

It was no surprise to discover Eric Heycoop, Emporio co-owner, is a Lower Hutt boy. His pride and joy, a left-hand drive 1932 Ford Tudor hot rod is often parked in front of Emporio HQ, greeting regulars—from high-viz workmen to the high-grade creatives from Toi Poneke Arts Centre over the road.

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26 May 2016

Emporio barista and trainer Liz Begley has been with us for exactly two years, and in that period has trained hundreds of aspiring baristas. But it’s time for a new adventure. Liz is heading to the UK and Europe and, in a switch from the usual Kiwi OE, is trading her urban lifestyle for working on organic farms, better known as WWOOFING.

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Grinding Coffee

23 May 2016

As  we learn more about coffee some simple things get over looked like grinding coffee for home use . Our no 1 rule is buy fresh , grind fresh ! .If you really want to get the best taste from your coffee try and buy from your local roaster . It is better to buy small amounts frequently for the sake of freshness . Do store your coffee in a cool dark place , not in the fridge as the cold temperature will rob the coffee of its flavour . When buying a coffee grinder buy one with connical burrs these may be a little more expensive that some other types but will give a far better result . the only thing to stay away from here is the spice grinder , these have two rotating blades that really just smash the coffee beans to pieces and are very inconsistent . There we have it its not rocket science a small investment can make all the difference to the taste of your coffee .

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A Plum Job

19 May 2016

Meet Stephanie Croft, co-owner of Plum in Cuba Mall, one of our newest, and closest, café clients.

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Coffee on the Curriculum

18 May 2016

Ellie Vinaccia and Bella O'Meeghan are two Year 11 students from Samuel Marsden Collegiate who visited us today to learn all about the coffee business. They got to see behind the scenes of what goes on at Emporio HQ in Abel Smith St.

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Custom-made Coffee Machine

16 December 2015

Along with Brandon Sayring,  Simon Maguire has recently restored and customised a dilapidated Wega coffee machine that’s been languishing at the Abel Smith St roastery.

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Three Cheers for Christmas Coffees

16 December 2015

As the working year winds down, I spoke to a few of the Emporio crew to see where they’ll be enjoying Emporio coffee this summer.

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A Crocky Collaboration

24 November 2015

Coffee from a tap like Guinness? It’s the next big thing. This week, we’ve had the pleasure of hosting Crocky (aka Dave Hargreaves) who’s been serving up Crocky’s Cold Brew, created from Emporio coffee beans. Recently returned from New York, Crocky tells us why cold brew is a sensation in the States and why he’s bringing it to us this summer.

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