About Us

Caffe Prima literally means “first coffee” and we are all about extracting excellence from each roast and coffee-making method.

Having shaped our coffee after the Italian tradition of roasting and blending, we roast Arabica beans several times a day in an Italian imported Petroncini roaster at our Christchurch owned-and-operated roastery. We work in batches to ensure freshness and have selected beans from around the globe that are most suited to each style of brewing – both crucial elements in securing a serious cup of coffee.

We offer barrista training, coffee machine rentals and more.

We support sustainable and ethical business practice, because we think looking after our people and places is important.


Caffe Prima started out in small city garage in 1995 with its first home blends, Blue Mountain and Diva. Since then, we have moved premises to a warehouse roastery in the industrial area of Woolston, where our small team of coffee fanatics have used their extensive experience to craft a comprehensive range of blends and assemble a line-up of stylish coffee paraphernalia.

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