Due to rising tensions within the CENCOIC co-op, (our current Colombian supplier) we are having to take a break from purchasing coffee from them.
Essentially, CENCOIC has been working an interesting co-operative model, in the sense that it has run a successful business while being under the nominal control of an indigenous authority known as the Regional Indian Council of Cauca (CRIC). CRIC wasn’t being involved in the day to day running of the business and this was beginning to cause tensions within the co-op. Because of this, things came to a head this year but in the long run we believe this will be a good thing.
Unfortunately in the meantime with all the ructions going on, CENCOIC were unable to export their coffee like they usually do this year but the dust is beginning to settle now and we’re looking towards next year with the hope of ordering from them again.
In the meantime, we will be filling the gap with another Colombian co-op – ANEI.
Mark (our GM) and I were fortunate to visit them earlier this year and we were very impressed with both their coffee and their commitment to improving the life of their members and their community.
Located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada of Santa Maria in northern Colombia, ANEI was founded by an inspirational woman named Aurora Izquierdo.
Aurora was one of the first of her generation to leave her isolated indigenous community and get a higher education. Upon her graduation in Bogota, she returned to her community determined to turn around the fortunes of her people so she created a sustainable agriculture program from which ANEI was born.
ANEI prides itself on rooting its business values and practices in the traditional teachings of the Mamus, the spiritual leaders of the community. The group also seeks to promote better co-operation and understanding between the indigenous and non-indigenous populations within their region and has incorporated many campesinos (farmers of Spanish descent) within their membership.
The coffee itself is smooth, well balanced and medium bodied, with a delicious caramel/malty sweetness. We look forward to offering this at our new brew bar and as a roasters choice in the near future so you can try it for yourself.
(Photo courtesy of Trade Aid)
Atomic Roastery and Cafe in Kingsland has officially reopened and it’s looking pretty damn slick. We now have our very own kitchen so everything is cooked fresh on site. The muffins, chocolate ganache cupcakes, slices and gourmet salads are irresistible. Be warned though, you may need to log a few extra hours at the gym after trying these sweet treats. It is difficult to stop at just one!!
Atomic is also one of the first cafes in Auckland to have a dedicated Brew Bar where you can enjoy a slow brew single origin coffee. Unlike espresso which uses blends, syphon or hario drip coffee is made using beans from a single origin. This softer brewing method allows you to taste flavours which are unique to each particular region. It’s a similar principle to tasting wine except that your boss isn’t going to mind when you go back to the office after a few too many single origin coffees over lunch.
While Josh is brewing you up a syphon coffee you can check out all our cool coffee gadgets for sale in the café. Best of all, we have extended our trading hours throughout the week and are now open on Sunday. Now you can have the best coffee experience in Auckland, any day of the week.
New Zealand's oldest tavern has been announced as the finalist in two catagories of the 2011 HANZ Awards for Excellence!! The Riverhead has been nominated for 'Best New or Redeveloped Bar/Restaurant’ and ‘Best Country Hotel’, a fantastic acheivement for Paula and Stephen who have not been in the hospitality industry prior to re-opening the tavern.
The winners will be announced at the HANZ conference in early November so we wish them the best of luck!! The team at Atomic will be keeping our fingers crossed for you!! Congratulations on the nominations!!
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After weeks of banging, drilling, painting and clouds of dust, our new cafe is finally finished and it looks fantastic!!! As of Monday next week you will be able to drop in for a coffee and check out our shiney new digs!! The crew at Atomic couldn’t wait that long so we decided to crack open the champagne and celebrate this morning. Just for today, this bunch of hardcore coffee fanatics traded their morning fix for a glass of the good stuff and a celebratory toast over breakfast.
Make sure you come down to check out our brand new Coffee Brew Bar and some of the delicious treats that Donna and the team have been whipping up in the kitchen. We will be opening the café for dinner on selected nights during world cup so stay tuned for more details!
For the whole month of September, Atomic will be sending you a bag of Free Veloce coffee with every purchase over $50 at Toggle! We love their cool stationary, accessories, jewellery and homeware - all by New Zealand designers!
If you need a few great gift ideas this is definitely the place. Best of all, they offer free shipping throughout New Zealand!!
Atomic Coffee is thrilled to be part of the first Next Generation Health and Racket Club opening in Auckland next week. After a quick walk through today I can confidently say that I will be spending a lot more time hanging out at the gym!! With tennis courts, fitness classes, a pool, steam, spa and stacks of top-of-the-line machines this is gym junkie heaven. For those of us who are not so big on the exercise, there is a fantastic cafe and lounge where you can relax with a piping hot cup of Atomic Coffee, grab an a meal, watch the big screen and surf the net on the free Wi-Fi. Going to the gym in the morning has never looked so appealing!!!
1 Tennis Lane
Last weekend the team at Atomic all dragged themselves out of bed at unspeakably early hours of the morning to pull off a 5am setup for We Can Create. Thank god we had some awesome coffee on hand!!! We had a great time keeping all the creative types caffeinated and even got to check out a few of the amazing speakers!
The highlight of the whole weekend was announcing the winner of our Logo Remix Competition. Tim Denee took out the prize after receiving the most votes for his very cool purple logo design. An awesome one-of-a-kind Rocket Espresso machine covered in a wallpaper of the best design entries is headed his way!! Big thanks must go to the boys at Syrup DPI for pulling it all together so quickly. That is definitely the slickest looking Rocket we have ever seen!!
This Friday is your last chance to enjoy a coffee at our Atomic Kingsland Café before we knock out the wall and start doing some serious demolition. We are currently renovating and expanding into the space next door so it’s time to say goodbye to the iconic café we know and love.
We would love for you to join us on Friday to help us send out our Kingsland Café in style. Come by in our final hour of operation from 2-3pm for free coffee and then stick around for a few beers with the Atomic crew.
You won’t be missing us for long as we will only be closed for a few days from Saturday 13th until Monday 15th August. On Tuesday our little pop-up café will be appearing right outside the Kingsland Roastery so you will still be able to grab your beans and daily fix of Atomic Espresso. While you are there you can take a sneak peek at the progress on our brand spanking new café!! We can’t wait to open the doors a few weeks from now!!
Atomic Coffee is pleased to announce the winner of the Real Groovy ‘Art This Space’ competition. Congratulations to Chris Leskovsek whose cool graphic print will soon be brightening up the main wall of our Queen Street Espresso bar! We received heaps of fantastic entries and the choice was certainly a tough one but in the end, Chris Leskovsek’s design stood out as encapsulating what Atomic Real Groovy is all about.
Pretty soon you will be able to pop in and check out his design, live, in living colour! You might even catch Chris hanging about as he has won a whole year of Free Atomic Coffee!!!
This afternoon we decided to brave the freezing Auckland weather and check out Le Metier Cafe on high street. It was well worth the trek from Kingsland to be able to huddle up by their outdoor fireplace with an espresso.
Le Metier is one of the newest editions to High Street and well worth dropping by to enjoy the heated outdoor area and fantastic looking menu. The cafe is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and has an amazing selection of cakes, scones and sweet treats!
Le Metier - 43 High Street
Monday - Friday 7am till late
Saturday 10am till late