We roast, blend, sell, and serve delicious coffee

Sourcing our beans from organic fairtrade small producers that grow for quality rather than quantity. Insisting all our coffee where ever possible is fairtrade organic, shade-grown, Arabica.

Roasting pre-blended organic fairtrade shade-grown beans in small batches.

Sourcing unusual varieties of beans chosen for flavour not price. Ensuring all our gourmet organic fairtrade coffee is very fresh.

Read more about New Zealand’s Kush Coffee Roaster & Café on Stuff.co.nz.

We roast, blend, sell, and serve delicious coffee

Sourcing our beans from organic fairtrade small producers that grow for quality rather than quantity. Insisting all our coffee where ever possible is fairtrade organic, shade-grown, Arabica.

Roasting pre-blended organic fairtrade shade-grown beans in small batches.

Sourcing unusual varieties of beans chosen for flavour not price. Ensuring all our gourmet organic fairtrade coffee is very fresh.

Read more about New Zealand’s Kush Coffee Roaster & Café on Stuff.co.nz.

WHY KUSH COFFEE?

Coffee trees naturally grow under the forest canopy. The trees are small (about 3-4 metres high) with bright red fruit that ripen throughout the year. Each of these “cherries” has 2 coffee beans inside. Unfortunately, many growers have opted to grow in full sun to increase production.

Unfortunately, many growers have opted to grow in full sun to increase production. This is invariably a monoculture that also involves a large amount of artificial fertiliser and pesticides (Coffee is the most sprayed food crop in the world). This, along with the fact that a lot of this coffee is picked unripe.

This is invariably a monoculture that also involves a large amount of artificial fertiliser and pesticides (Coffee is the most sprayed food crop in the world). This, along with the fact that a lot of this coffee is picked unripe, results in much lower quality.

There are however some small producers that grow organically belong to fairtrade co-operatives and produce high quality shade-grown beans. These are the growers that we get our beans from. Just about all Kush coffee is not only fair-trade but also organic and shade-grown.

There are however some small producers that grow organically belong to fairtrade co-operatives and produce high quality shade-grown beans. These are the growers that we get our beans from. Just about all Kush coffee is not only fair-trade.

Try some soon, you will notice the difference!

Coffee trees naturally grow under the forest canopy. The trees are small (about 3-4 metres high) with bright red fruit that ripen throughout the year. Each of these “cherries” has 2 coffee beans inside. Unfortunately, many growers have opted to grow in full sun to increase production.

Try some soon, you will notice the difference!

This is invariably a monoculture that also involves a large amount of artificial fertiliser and pesticides (Coffee is the most sprayed food crop in the world). This, along with the fact that a lot of this coffee is picked unripe, results in much lower quality.

There are however some small producers that grow organically belong to fairtrade co-operatives and produce high quality shade-grown beans. These are the growers that we get our beans from. Just about all Kush coffee is not only fair-trade but also organic and shade-grown.

Try some soon, you will notice the difference!

Try some soon, you will notice the difference!

Go green

At Kush we try our best to be green, healthy and have a small carbon footprint

Go green

At Kush we try our best to be green, healthy and have a small carbon footprint

Our coffee bags are recyclable. Unlike the kraft paper bags many coffee roasters use which look good but are unable to be recycled or composted because of a plastic lining.

 

Our take-away cups and lids are PLA lined (Plastic made from plants) and compostable. We use “Oaklands” milk which is great milk and comes in reusable / refillable bottles. We use Willow Creek free range eggs. We recycle all our cardboard, bottles, plastic etc. We compost as much of our coffee grounds and food waste as possible. Our company car is a Toyota IQ. It is as economical as a hybrid without relying on batteries and therefore has an even lower carbon footprint. All our coffee is organic and we try to use as much organic produce as possible. We are trying to cut out as many unnecessary cleaning chemicals as possible.

We sell and encourage people to use Ideal cups which are reusable cups that are BPA free.

We sell and encourage people to use Ideal cups which are reusable cups that are BPA free.

 

KUSH came from a trip to Europe that our founder and wise, beautiful teacher undertook in 2003. This journey, as well as being a small step in his spiritual voyage and a hell of a lot of fun, meant drinking coffee all over southern Europe.

The feeling amongst the “coffeeerati” in New Zealand at this time was that we were amongst the best in the world, which indeed we were. However, it soon became obvious to our weary traveller that there was still a great deal of room for improvement. Italy and Portugal had these small coffee roasters that were producing wonderful character coffees that he thought would really go off in NZ.

And so he set to and did much research and learning and a great deal of experimentation to boot. This resulted in some fine blends and intriguing single origins. These were then tested on the unsuspecting public, who came back with many accolades and positive comments which cheered our mighty founder’s heart and, thus, KUSH Coffee was born.