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Meet Switch Espresso’s new Ethiopian single origin coffee

Meet Switch Espresso’s new Ethiopian single origin coffee

Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee, and the source of the latest addition to Switch Espresso’s single origin coffee lineup. Our new Ethiopian single origin is called Ethiopia Gera – named after the Gera district in the Orimia region of Ethiopia where it is grown....

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Our Brazilian single origin coffee is now even more exclusive

Our Brazilian single origin coffee is now even more exclusive

Switch Espresso is very lucky to have a working relationship with the Nova Aliança farm in Brazil. In the past, you may have even tried our Brazil Fazenda Nova Aliança coffee. Now we’re proud to present the exclusive single origin Brazil Roccaporena. Roccaporena is a...

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How we roll – wholesale style

How we roll – wholesale style

So you’re looking for a truly local coffee supplier? If you’re here you’re hopefully considering Switch Espresso as the trusted partner who will bring you coffee beans, train your baristas, maintain your machines and generally help you help your caffeine-fiend...

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Switch Espresso – your online coffee source

Switch Espresso – your online coffee source

Order your Switch Espresso roasted coffee beans, ground coffee, tea and gift cards online. We’re a high-tech outfit, and while we love the simple pleasures of a barista-brewed cup of coffee as much as anyone, we’re also 100% aware we exist in the 2020s. As such,...

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Meet our big fancy roaster

Meet our big fancy roaster

This roaster is our baby. The centre of the whole Switch operation, and we love it. You ask the boss Hamish what he thinks about it, and he’ll tell you “What a beast! It’s fucking awesome.” Truer words have never been said. This Joper CRS-30 roaster is a premium,...

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A note from Hamish: 10 years on

A note from Hamish: 10 years on

I dropped some mates off in town on Friday night and I was reminded of just how awesome Christchurch has become in such a short time since being munted by the earthquakes. I clearly remember how barren it was even five years ago, but this week it was just pumping –...

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The Zap blend and its revolutionary origins

The Zap blend and its revolutionary origins

Zap is one of Switch Espresso’s most popular blends. It’s a high-intensity roast that tastes good brewed as either a black or white coffee. It’s named after the Zapatista movement in Mexico. The Zapatista Army of National Liberation is a Mayan culture-influenced...

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Black Betty is 10 years old

Black Betty is 10 years old

Happy birthday to Black Betty Café, one of Switch Espresso’s favourite babies. It all started on February 1, 2011. We hit the market with a new concept: a quality café in a spacious former warehouse, complete with coffee plants, a grow room, and a lot of different...

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