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5 Insider Tips To Consider Before Opening a Café

Mike Tan

It seems like a common theme for kiwis having the dream to own their own café.  You love coffee; you love people so it makes perfect sense to ditch that 9-5 and own your own café right?  I often get people of all ages asking me for advice on taking the step into starting or buying a café business, here’s a few tips to consider and some real advice.  These tips are not meant to put anyone off but are cold true facts to consider before taking the leap. 1-Time Am I prepared to put in long hours, early starts...

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Identifying the right coffee selection for your café in New Zealand

Mike Tan

Just like food and liquor, coffee is a very subjective beverage that is consumed by many different preparations methods and available in many different styles that affect its taste, texture and flavour.  From sour and fruity to dark and smoky, coffee can taste very different depending on the type of coffee grown, country, roast and preparation method. New Zealand is often perceived as a country that takes their coffee seriously with a good café culture.  We are an espresso-based culture meaning that the majority of the coffees served in our cafes are prepared using a pressurised espresso machine.  We are...

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Swiss Water Decaf

Michael Tan

Swiss Water Decaf

What do these symbols mean? We are frequently asked what our four symbols represent displayed throughout our branding. We are going to cover a four part blog series to describe each symbol; its use and its purpose within our coffee offering.     The Swiss Water Process (SWP) Company specialises in removing caffeine from coffee without the direct or indirect use of chemicals.   To decaffeinate the coffee beans, they use an innovative method based on two concepts: solubility and osmosis. The water being used to extract the caffeine is a green coffee extract solution with water-soluble solids of green coffee...

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Fair Trade Organic

Michael Tan

Fair Trade Organic

What do these symbols mean? We are frequently asked what our four symbols represent displayed throughout our branding. We are going to cover a four part blog series to describe each symbol; its use and its purpose within our coffee offering.     Fair Trade Organic (FTO) is coffee that is certified as having been produced to fair trade standards. The Fair Trade Certification is governed by the Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand. According to the organisation: “Fair Trade is about stable prices, decent working conditions and the empowerment of farmers and workers around the world”. The...

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Single Origin

Michael Tan

Single Origin

What do these symbols mean? We are frequently asked what our four symbols represent displayed throughout our branding. We are going to cover a four part blog series to describe each symbol; its use and its purpose within our coffee offering.     The simple round shaped circle represents a single origin coffee. This is one that is grown from a single geographic area or farm. There are no specific rules that dictate what the term ‘single origin’ is. Generally, a single origin can refer to coffee from different farms in the same general area. Some single origin coffees can...

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