Our Roastery in Freemans Bay, Auckland gives you the sensation that you’re really at the beating heart of all things Allpress Espresso.
Nestled on Drake Street, just a stone’s throw away from Victoria Park where Michael Allpress first opened the Allpress Coffee Carts in 1986, Browns Mill is a perfect fusion of what we’re all about – people, coffee and innovation. It’s a piece of our history that we love to share with our community. Time spent in the Browns Mill site makes for a truly Allpress experience.
Our roastery is just as much our space as it is your space. We’re all about immersing ourselves and others in our story. When you visit Browns Mill, ask to have a look through where our roasting magic happens. Since back in 1986, we’ve been non-stop crafting the way in which we roast. Many things have changed since ’86, but we’ve been on one constant and committed journey. We’re always striving for the ultimate espresso – even if that means inventing our own magnificent hot air roasters – which Michael Allpress and technical engineer Michael Scobie successfully did in 2011. Our prototype sits proudly in Browns Mill, roasting six days a week and supplying beautiful coffee to the North Island of New Zealand.
Our hands-on approach to running our Caffetteria provides us with the tool set we need in order to grasp the various needs of the cafés we partner with – we care about everything we touch. Alongside offering our famous Allpress Espresso Blend, a complete selection of all our beautiful coffee blends are available at Caffetteria to take home, including our rotating Coffee Galaxy. As you sip your brew, don’t be shy about asking our team what lies behind the doors at Caffetteria, what that gentle humming is or where the beans lining the back wall come from. That’s our roastery. We’re proud of it and the history it holds, and we’d love to introduce the two of you.
The Allpress Studio is another big part of the commitment we have to people, community, creativity and coffee. Attached to our Caffetteria, the open studio acts as a blank canvas where designers, artists and community groups come to share their work and tell their own stories. From leading New Zealand artists to new emerging talent, the Allpress Studio connects visitors directly to the talent behind the work. Its a hive of creative discussion and inspiration, which we believe goes hand in hand with our coffee. The studio is ever-changing, so each time you pop by there is bound to be inspiration found from whichever designer, artist or group is exhibiting in our space. It’s all about connectivity.
And speaking of connectivity, we have a particular connection at Allpress that plays a big role in our own story. The La Marzocco connection is a big thing for us and it all started, like most Allpress things do, with Michael’s quest for the perfect cup. Since 1927 La Marzocco of Florence, Italy have been handcrafting espresso machines, acclaimed internationally for their reliability and superior engineering. La Marzocco’s dual-boiler technology is key to preparing the perfect cup, so naturally, we feel La Marzocco and Allpress are a match made in espresso heaven.
Across the road from Browns Mill through the Jason Woodside mural on an unsuspecting garage door is where our technical team resides. They’re La Marzocco masters. They understand that maintaining a perfectly running espresso machine is essential for the best tasting coffee and running our own roastery cafés, we know that a busy café can afford no downtime. That’s why our technicians Bill, Oscar and Ricci are ready at any moment to help if a machine starts to splatter, leak or hiss in an unusual way. (We’re all guilty of doing that from time to time).