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We were drawn to Kōkako because of their origin story. Like Fidelity Life, which was set up by New Zealanders for New Zealanders, Kōkako was established by individuals who were pioneers in their local industry and who had longevity in mind. For 20 years Kōkako has been “doing right by the earth and its people.”
In 2001, founders Helen and Christian established Auckland’s first organic coffee roastery Kōkako – changing the landscape of coffee and what it represents in New Zealand. Named after the endangered endemic New Zealand wattle bird, Kōkako is an active supporter of kokako recovery projects across the country.
Over the years they’ve been one step ahead with planet friendly initiatives like compostable packaging, re-usable deliverables and a coffee bar counter “made of 8880+ used 2L plastic milk bottles”, to name a few. They’ve forged their credibility by being Fairtrade certified, BioGro certified, partnering with international organisation Fair Climate Fund and communicating their sustainability impact with transparency.
Last year Kōkako celebrated 20 years of “doing right by the earth and its people”. Their longevity really shows that they care about quality coffee, building awareness on environmental issues and putting in the hard work to make a difference.
Over two decades, Kōkako’s popularity has seen their beans pop up in cafes across the country and their home base roastery expand across Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland. Today you’ll find it nestled in Mount Eden. There they innovate, educate, serve, beekeep and roast and distribute their specialty coffee beans sourced from Fairtrade organic cooperatives.
To find your local Kōkako serving café, to shop online or learn more about their history and future focussed initiatives visit Kōkako.co.nz