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Let’s talk about the Congo (and its coffee)

Let’s talk about the Congo (and its coffee)

The Democratic Republic of the Congo – DRC – is a pretty controversial spot, to say the least. The country has a long, storied and war-torn history featuring exploitation, gold, oil, diamonds, ethnic cleansing and child soldiers. Big coffee companies have rightfully...

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Oat milk: The ethical and delicious choice

Oat milk: The ethical and delicious choice

We’re pretty amped to be using All Good Oat Milk at all three of our Cafés, and we’re also the Christchurch distributor, providing quality oat milk to cafés restaurants and shops. Whether cow’s milk isn’t friendly to your stomach, your diet calls for a dairy...

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Meet Switch founder Hamish Evans

Meet Switch founder Hamish Evans

Hamish is the founder and vision-haver that brought us all together and built Switch up to what it is today. The journey that brought him into the coffee roasting business is a pretty important part of our company story and culture.

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Barista training with Switch Espresso

Barista training with Switch Espresso

We’ve got an extensive barista training programme to help you get the most out of our coffees. Confident and skilled baristas are the heart of every great café and make for consistently excellent coffee. Chiara, our in-house NZSCA-accredited barista trainer says...

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NZSCA Tasters Series at Black Betty on November 5

NZSCA Tasters Series at Black Betty on November 5

Taste six unique coffees from around the world, learn, and guess the origins. We’re amped to be holding a New Zealand Specialty Coffee Association Tasters Series event at Black Betty Café. You don’t need to be a coffee expert – anyone interested in consuming something different and contrasting is invited to attend.

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Hot coffee on the cold continent

Hot coffee on the cold continent

Switch Espresso has a longstanding relationship with Antarctica New Zealand. If you’re spending time at Scott Base you’ll be happy to know you can get your hands on a quality hot cuppa. The folks at Antarctica New Zealand got in touch with Hamish here at Switch back...

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Beans by the bucket – reducing waste in the coffee industry

Beans by the bucket – reducing waste in the coffee industry

Like fried chicken, coffee is best when it comes by the bucket. At Switch we’re pretty concerned about all the waste that happens in our industry. Between coffee bags, boxes, cups, lids and industrial waste there tends to be a lot of junk that ends up in a landfill....

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Ethical supply chain

Ethical supply chain

Last week was International Coffee Day, and that got us thinking about our global supply chain, and why it’s so important to us to work with the good guys of international coffee.

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Your guide to really good decaf coffee

Your guide to really good decaf coffee

You can’t grow coffee beans without caffeine, so to get decaf the caffeine has to be removed. Just like any coffee, there’s good decaf and bad decaf. There’s no excuse for the latter, so here’s Switch Espresso’s guide to finding a great brew.

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