Ristretto logo

Our espresso

No.1 house blend

This is our award winning signature espresso blend. We have selected three single origin arabica coffees from central and South America for their individual flavour traits and soft acidity. The low level of acidity in these coffees allows us to roast these origins to a medium roast profile. This roasting method brings out the natural flavours of each bean without bitterness. These origins combine to produce a strong, smooth espresso with great body, sweet spiced aroma and soft acidity. 100% Fair Trade organic of course!

Our awards

In 2011 we entered our No.1 House Blend in the NZ Coffee Awards for the first time and scooped a silver medal for best NZ espresso! In 2012 we backed this up with a bronze medal for best organic espresso and in 2013 we continued this success with a silver medal for best flat white. Our latest award was a silver medal for traditional flat white at the 2015 competition.

Why fair trade?

We exclusively buy and roast certified fair trade coffee because we feel good about supporting disadvantaged coffee farmers. Despite massive global demand for coffee, many farmers have small lots and struggle to earn a living from their crop. Large multi national companies buy the bulk of each harvest at reduced prices. Fair trade sets a fairer price for the coffee farmer. We like that.