Why Dunedin? To which we always said, why not?
It’s in our blood to find our own feet in unusual places and what might be the not-so-obvious, to us is sometimes the most obvious.
Since the gold rush of the 19th century, Dunedin has always had a strong café culture. It’s one of the reasons we decided to go south but our connection ran a bit deeper – Mike's father, Bruce Allpress, was originally from Dunedin and we wanted to be closer to our growing South Island customer base. Mainly though, it just felt right. When we opened in 2011, we were welcomed with open arms by the local community and even now when you enter the café you’ll notice our regulars, from all aspects of Dunedin life, who seem very at home in our little, honest café.
The building itself, like others around the city, had many past lives. What the world saw was an old automotive workshop, we saw a home for Allpress Espresso. Returning the building to some of its original glory was an obvious choice – what is left is a space filled with natural light, warm timber finishes, an industrial feel… and a giant Allpress Hot Air Roaster. Michael Allpress partnered with Michael Scobie, a technical engineer. With their combined talents, Mike & Mike set to building their own roaster, customised for flavour first. The result, ART – Air Roasting Technologies, sits proudly through a glass wall in our Dunedin Roastery. You can’t help but admire the simplicity of the machine – beans rotating in a stream of hot air, with no risk of scorching which elevates natural sweetness to achieve the long lasting flavour that Allpress Espresso is known for.
Our people are really what sets Allpress apart. And this rings especially true in Dunedin where we’re lucky to have a small team of passionate locals running the show. These people are good people, who love good people. And it’s why we love them. The Allpress Dunedin crew are genuinely invested in our coffee, our customers and having a sense of pride about their jobs. And a sense of humour, which helps.
Our roastery café in Dunedin is a place to look around, truly understand what goes into your morning cup and to slow down. After all – life is never best when experienced at a frenetic pace and we believe people are always much better for taking a moment to recharge.