Prima Roastery


Phone 03 373 8180

Organisation Category: Accommodation & Food Services

  • Profile

    Tucked in between the Port Hills and the Pacific, Woolston is the home of old industry and new. Since 1995 our team have been here working, dedicated to their craft, customers and community. Coffee is our passion, making it sustainable is our focus…

    We are a locally owned and operated Christchurch coffee roastery and are Fairtrade certified (FLO 18245). We package our award-winning coffee in compostable bags (the films in our bags are certified compostable to EN13432) and we accept the return of these bags for composting on our little farm in Leeston.

    Come and see us at the roastery for some great espresso or something interesting in the Moccamaster. We have a wide range of espresso/brew equipment available and we’re always keen to chat about coffee, composting or otherwise.

  • More Info
    Sustainability Highlights:
    • Good Food
    • Smart Procurement-Supply Chains
    • Towards Zero Waste
    • Wellbeing-Community-Health
    Sustainability Actions:

    We are Fairtrade certified - because we believe that supporting ethical business practices is important.

    We have developed compostable coffee packaging for freshly roasted coffee (the films that make up our bags are certified compostable to the EN 13432 standard, which means that they break down when disposed of in composting conditions containing heat, water, oxygen, soil and micro-organisms). We have worked with our customers to ensure proper disposal of this packaging. We collect all of our packaging, returned compostable single-use cups and green waste from selected café partners. We also accept the return of our bags to our roastery which we then compost on our little farm in Leeston. In some areas commercial collection of our bags with green waste has been possible. Otherwise though, as with compostable cups and other products, these items still need to go to land-fill. But we are showing that it’s possible, even as a small business, to take hands-on responsibility for the waste streams we create.

    Despite compostable packaging (or rather because we see the limits of and effort involved in its proper disposal) we offer discounts for those customers bringing reusable containers to purchase coffee beans and we removed single-use cups from our roastery espresso bar in early 2017. We encourage our customers to enjoy their coffee in a standard dine-in café cup (which they are welcome to take with them as they browse surrounding shops), a reusable cup they already have in their car (they’re out there!) or purchase one of our NZ-made Ideal cups.

    Finally, we run a sister brand – Sherpa Coffee. Founded in 2014, Sherpa Coffee aims to improve the livelihoods of rural Nepali people by encouraging an export market for their burgeoning coffee production. We travelled to Nepal to source coffee directly from farmer-owned cooperatives and bring it back to New Zealand. Here we roast and blend these coffees and sell retail and wholesale into the NZ market. For every kilo of Nepali coffee sold we give $5 to Ed Hillarys Himalayan Trust who are continuing to work on health, education and post earthquake re-build initiatives in the region.

    Awards and Certifications: Fair Trade Certified
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Listing last updated 22/08/2017