Our Story

Building the Workshop

Espresso Workshop was founded in 2007 on the principle of unlocking the flavour potential of specialty coffee, advocating the merits of unique flavour profiles and the promotion of premium single origin coffee.

The goal of Espresso Workshop is to demonstrate that coffee is not just a product but an experience. Coffee obsessed, sometimes fanatical but we reckon that this only inspires us to produce a better coffee.

Based in Falcon Street, Parnell, Auckland, Espresso Workshop’s starting point for producing our small batch roasted coffee is to purchase the best quality beans we can source. We aim to create interest in coffee, in contrast to the institutional coffee options that dominate the café fabric in Auckland. Our Parnell premises is not just a Roastery but we also operate an espresso bar, a extensive retail area and a coffee education space, creating a showroom of coffee and a headquarters for the business.

Since the advent of the Parnell Roastery we have also added a city espresso bar location, in the rejuvenated Britomart precinct (11 Britomart Place at the atrium entrance). Espresso Workshop Britomart aims to cater for both the coffee fanatics of the inner city as well as those that are on the move and want good coffee and food to assimilate seamlessly into their working day. It has been fantastic to witness the development of this waterfront area and we feel priviledged to be an entrenched part of the urban fabric of the Britomart Precinct.

Focused on Being the Best & Producing Quality

Espresso Workshop has always believed in getting involved in the industry, we encourage competition, here is a few highlights of what we have achieved:

2009 to 2014 - Auckland’s number 1 ranked Barista
2011- Two Bronze awards for best Espresso and best Organic coffee.
2012 - Two Silver awards for best Organic coffee and best Plunger
2012 - Joe McElhinney placed 2nd in the NZ Cup Tasters Championships
2012 - Cris Fuzaro, SCAA certified lead instructor, industry certified to organise and run industry professional development workshops.
2013 - Hanna Teramoto, placed 2nd in the NZ National Barista Championships
2013 - Bronze award for best Single Origin Coffee
2013 - Cris Fuzaro, Winner Metro 2013 Barista Competition
2014 - Hanna Teramoto, 1st place, NZ National Barista Championships
2014 - One Silver for Best Organic and one Bronze for Best Plunger
2014 - One Gold award and category winner for NZs Best Single Origin (Ethiopia Table Top Yirgacheffe)

2015 - Leo Sonnekus, 3rd place, NZ Aeropress Championship