Lonely Planet Writer

New Zealanders take their coffee seriously and there's a new guide to prove it

We all know how seriously the Kiwis take their coffee culture – they’ve even exported their brand of roaster-cafe around the globe including Sydney, London and New York.

There's a new guide for the best coffee in New Zealand.
There’s a new guide for the best coffee in New Zealand. Image by Neat Places: A Guide to New Zealand’s Coffee Roasters

Now Neat Places, a New Zealand outfit that produces small gorgeous city guides on shopping, eating and drinking for a handful of NZ cities, has released a 60-page coffee-geeks guide to New Zealand’s best roasters. The full-colour pocket-sized booklet Neat Places: A Guide to New Zealand’s Coffee Roasters  is available via their website and at local Christchurch shops. It showcases 29 speciality coffee roasters in Auckland, New Plymouth, Havelock North, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin and their flagship cafes where roasting, serving and education of coffee takes place. It’s primarily for the domestic market but international travellers who are passionate about their coffee will love it too.

From Auckland to Christchurch and beyond, the guide picks the best roasters.
From Auckland to Christchurch and beyond, the guide picks the best roasters. Image by Neat Places: A Guide to New Zealand’s Coffee Roasters

“A big emphasis of the book is on the industry leaders who are constantly innovating to produce the best coffee possible,” Neat Places’ Johnny Gibson explains. “We’ve also made an effort to focus on companies who are involved in the entire process, from the growing and purchasing of beans through to roasting. A few roasters are working alongside growers, providing much needed resources and providing a consistent liveable wage for the growers. This is important for the future sustainability of the coffee industry.”

New Zealanders take their coffee seriously
New Zealanders take their coffee seriously Image by Neat Places: A Guide to New Zealand’s Coffee Roasters

“It’s a welcome addition to the commentary around specialty coffee in New Zealand”, says Al Keating, managing director of specialty coffee company, Coffee Supreme. “We are a nation obsessed with coffee and are always on the look-out for that new innovation in roasting. This book offers us a brief insight into the new coffee trends we should expect to see in New Zealand.” There are over 300 registered roasters in New Zealand, but the Neat Places Guide to Coffee Roasters presents their best picks.