Like most people’s passion for great coffee, Switch Espresso began with an addiction. This addiction led Hamish Evans across the globe to explore some of the world’s most notable espresso hot-spots, from Italy’s vibrant café culture to the fertile slopes of India’s coffee farms. After his overseas espresso experience, Hamish returned to Christchurch in 2006 to combine his wealth of industry knowledge and his passion for great coffee. The result: a boutique roastery specialising in 100% fair trade and organic coffee.
Five years down the track, Switch Espresso has grown into one of the key players in the Christchurch coffee industry. Besides supplying a number of outstanding cafés within the Canterbury region, we have relocated our roastery from New Brighton to Black Betty, our new flagship café. From here we are much closer to the bulk of our wholesale clients, with the buzz of new beginnings all around us. We have taken this as an opportunity to start to push the boundaries of coffee extraction, bringing with us a range of specialty brew methods and light-roasted single-origins to highlight the diversity of espresso alternatives.