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Coffee has over 110 flavours, aromas, textures

Coffee has over 110 flavours, aromas, textures

Yep, there’s a lot more to get your head around than just ‘bitter’ and ‘sweet’. With over 110 attributes, there are billions of potential flavour, aroma and texture combinations, which is why no two coffees taste exactly the same. Differences come from the type of...

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Meet the chefs (and barista) behind our cafés

Meet the chefs (and barista) behind our cafés

You may not know about this, but as well as the Switch roastery, we run three cafés in Christchurch. Industrie, Black Betty and Bunsen are all pretty cool spaces to hang out, grab a bite and of course they serve excellent Switch Espresso. But the main asset behind...

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Planting forests and growing coffee in Mexico

Planting forests and growing coffee in Mexico

No prizes for guessing where our Mexican Chiapas coffee comes from – that’s right it’s a state in Mexico called Chiapas, which sits on the border of Guatemala. Chiapas is a diverse region with beaches, lakes, jungle and mountains, and produces some of the world’s...

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Hello 2021

Hello 2021

Another year down, and it’s safe to say it was a real ride. Honestly though, we’re absolutely stoked, grateful and humbled by how 2020 went for our community. Things could have gotten real ugly, but New Zealanders and Christchurchians pulled together to fend off Covid...

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Where to find Switch Espresso outside of Christchurch

Where to find Switch Espresso outside of Christchurch

Looking for an awesome spot to grab some coffee when you’re on the road this summer? Check out some of these great Switch partner cafés, all guaranteed to brew up a quality cup of the good stuff.   South of Chch Wapiti Bakery & Café – Te AnauFor when you’re...

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How to brew great coffee on holiday

How to brew great coffee on holiday

Stuck without your espresso machine? Camping, hiking, staying with unenlightened family, or bunked up in accommodation without your favourite brewing method? Here are some tips for brewing the perfect cup of coffee on holiday. If you’re looking for some brewing...

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Nicaragua Segovia – your Central American holiday coffee

Nicaragua Segovia – your Central American holiday coffee

Grown in the volcanic soil of Nueva Segovia, Nicaragua, then washed and dried in the Central American sun, this coffee is the expression of the tropical climate it comes from. The well-rounded Nicaragua Segovia single origin coffee hits your nose with a sweet aroma,...

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The story of Switch Colombia Tolima single origin coffee

The story of Switch Colombia Tolima single origin coffee

Happy farmers, happy world. The people who grow our fine single origin coffee get a good deal, because everyone deserves to be treated fairly – especially when creating luxury consumables for foreign countries. You’ve probably heard stories about farmers in Colombia...

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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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