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  • December 2016

    First Thursdays

    The last First Thursdays of 2016 and the theme is Carnival.

  • December 2016

    31 Cross St

    Miller’s Coffee

  • December 2016

    Bledisloe Building

    Mojo coffee have begun the gentrification behind the Civic Theatre. Anchoring the return of hospitality to Civic and Bledisloe Lane’s.

  • November 2016

    Coffee Caravan

    A new coffee caravan has been build and is being fitted out in the Miller’s Coffee garage. It was opened up to the public to come an enjoy a coffee.

  • November 2016

    Havana Coffee Book Launch

    Geoff Marsland and Havana Coffee have launched Wellington institutions such as Midnight Espresso, their roasting premises on Tory Street amongst many. Now come the Havana book written by Marsland with Tom Scott.

  • November 2016

    Kawaii

    Ongoing series of urban dogs.

  • November 2016

    Miller’s Coffee menu

    What will you have?

  • November 2016

    Mother of Coffee

    Newtown, Wellington

  • November 2016

    People’s Coffee

    Newtown Wellington

  • November 2016

    Recent Wellington Street Art

    Some not so recent

  • November 2016

    The Serious Espresso Oral History Project

    The first two interviews for the Serious Espresso Oral History Project was Dinah Priestly of Thorndon and David Burton of Island Bay.

  • November 2016

    Miller’s Coffee clients come in all types of cars.

    Who said the Japanese don’t know how to make gas guzzlers. 1980s, ‘bubble economy’, 1st generation, JDM, Toyota Century.

  • November 2016

    Good Fortune Coffee

    Petone

  • November 2016

    Love NZ

  • November 2016

    Street Art

    Pitt Street

  • November 2016

    Le Petit Four and Tauranga

    The coastal city of Tauranga is 2½ to 3 hours from Auckland by car. An easy place to call into is Le Petit Four Café and Patisserie. Close by is the Tauranga Domain, good for a gentle walk and passive viewing.

  • November 2016

    Ever wondered what the view is like from the Japanese Consulate?

  • September 2016

    AK street art

    Recent work

  • September 2016

    Library View

    Ever wondered what the view from the Auckland Central Library staff room terrace is like?

  • September 2016

    Vehicle afternoon

    Vehicle afternoon at Miller’s Coffee garage.

  • September 2016

    DR Filter

    This sign hung in the Frisco Burger Bar, Newmarket in the 1950s, 60, 70s.

  • September 2016

    Millers espresso Melbourne

    The opening of Elsa and Grey in Boronia, Melbourne.

  • October 2016

    The Albion Pub stands alone.

    One of Auckland’s oldest building, the Albion Pub, stands alone. All the buildings around it have been demolished to build Auckland’s newest conference centre. We have been told by the Government that Auckland needs to have another conference centre.

  • October 2016

    Coffee Travel Tips Wellington

    If you like to travel to taste coffee, New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington, offers a range of high quality tasting coffee, well served in a cup. The city is compact, easily to walk around with many public features such as museums and galleries. In some areas every block has a coffee roaster serving their blend through the espresso machine.

  • October 2016

    Kawaii

  • October 2016

    McDonalds Espresso

    Coffee in a cup. For the money spent, its not bad.

  • October 2016

    Mezzze Bar

    The Mezze Bar in Auckland for warm atmosphere, tasty food, great coffee and people who live hospitality.

  • August 2016

    Karl Maughan

    We have placed the Karl Maughan in the garage.

  • August 2016

    Miller’s Coffee

    Served Here

  • August 2016

    New espresso machine

    At Miller’s Coffee

  • August 2016

    First Thursdays

    First Thursdays. One more time.

  • August 2016

    Spring Colour

    A cold snap in early August was lightened by the emergence of daffodils.

  • July 2016

    El Camino

    2nd Generation.

  • July 2016

    Flash Cars

    We loved the 1970s and we loved your exhibition, Murray. Even though it took 40 years to be shown.

  • July 2016

    Wellington Trip

    At Miller’s Coffee we spend a bit of time in Wellington. A mid-winter business trip.

  • July 2016

    Millers in reflection

  • July 2016

    Peak Crane

    We are surrounded by cranes and construction. There are seven cranes and construction sites along Karangahape Road.

  • July 2016

    Yuzu

    Yuzu is in the house.

  • July 2016

    Are you Normal?

    Popped into see our friends at Strangely Normal.

  • July 2016

    Rocky

    Miller’s Coffee, home of the sartorial gentleman.

  • July 2016

    No.1 Queen Street

    Massive earthworks and the rebuilding of a whole city block including the first station for the proposed Auckland underground. No1 Queen Street is still operating including bringing in a few food caravans.

  • July 2016

    Mercury Plaza

    A happy place to get a meal is the Mercury Plaza. Its in Mercury Lane. It has seen better days and some day soon will be demolished to make a holding yard for the Auckland underground build.

  • July 2016

    Espresso Child

  • July 2016

    The Daily Roast

    No computers were used in the roasting of the the coffee.

  • July 2016

    Maysie Bestall-Cohen

    Maysie is in the Haus.

  • July 2016

    John’s new premies

    An important link for the New Zealand coffee industry is green bean wholesaler John Burton. It was a pleasure to be present at the opening of his new warehouse and offices.

  • July 2016

    Kawaii

  • June 2016

    Concrete Flora

    We need more flowers around here.

  • June 2016

    Winter Solstice

    The winter solstice (often June 21st) usually passes unannounced in New Zealand. It is the time when the sun is at its northern apex, and ironically marks the beginning of the coldest part of the year. At Miller’s Coffee we thought we would mark the occasion.

  • June 2016

    Pedestrian Y U No Buy Coffee?

  • June 2016

    Auckland Stovetop Espresso

  • June 2016

    Melbourne Trip

    The trip to Melbourne was preparation for Yana and Chloe to start serving Miller’s Coffee at their, to be opened, refreshment room in Boronia. More information on Melbourne’s funky fusion coffee and hospitality scene check the book “Flavours of Melbourne”.

  • June 2016

    Don’t Panic

  • June 2016

    Kawaii

  • June 2016

    Miller’s Coffee of Cross Street

  • June 2016

    G.O.A.T.

    Greatest of all Time

  • June 2016

    Melbourne Trip

    The trip to Melbourne was preparation for Yana and Chloe to start serving Miller’s Coffee at their, to be opened, refreshment room in Boronia. More information on Melbourne’s funky fusion coffee and hospitality scene check the book “Flavours of Melbourne”.

  • June 2016

    Whanganui Trip

    We make trips for numerous reasons. Wanderlust, curiosity, business, recreation. Most often it is to join with family and friends. Sometimes we make a trip for a bereavement.

  • June 2016

    Criollo

    When travelling down Bruce McLaren Drive, Henderson, pull in to Criollo. For espresso and a delicate sweet treat.

  • June 2016

    Karangahape Road

    K’Rd, has served coffee for generations.

  • June 2016

    Kawaii

  • June 2016

    The art of harakeke

  • June 2016

    Kawaii

  • June 2016

    Britomart Hospitality

    The low-rise Britomart behind the central railway station plays its part as Auckland hospitality stretches along the harbour frontage.

  • June 2016

    A change of station?

    Is the gentrification train about to pull into Karangahape Road Station?

  • June 2016

    Pellegrinins Espresso Bar

    When in Melbourne, have an espresso, served in glass, at Pellegrinins.

  • June 2016

    Happy Packers

    Sending out the love.

  • June 2016

    Death before Decaf

  • May 2016

    Kawaii

  • May 2016

    L’affare

    Wellington institution L’affare bring their coffee house style to Auckland’s Newmarket. L’Affare coffee were pioneers in the second wave of New Zealand coffee, from 1980 to 2003. Part of a group of people, mainly working independently, who brought fresh coffee roast to the espresso machine.

  • May 2016

    Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art

    Japan’s museums’ of all sizes, offer a reason to visit. They all have exceptional tea and coffee rooms.

  • May 2016

    Allpress Espresso

    Allpress Espresso were pioneers in the second wave of New Zealand coffee, from 1980 to 2003. Part of a group of people, mainly working independently, who brought fresh coffee roast to the espresso machine. Allpress have taken that early vision to the world, including in Fukagawa, Tokyo.

  • May 2016

    Nelson Journey

    A purpose of the book “Coffee Houses of Wellington, 1939 to 1979” by Craig Miller, was to record and champion the people of the First Wave of Coffee in New Zealand, 1939 to 1979. So with this in mind it was time to journey to the top of the South Island, to the cathedral city of Nelson. Latitude 41 – south. To present a coffee event at the Suter Art Gallery titled “Chez Eelco Revisited”.

  • May 2016

    Uji, last picking

    The town of Uji in Kyoto Prefecture has been known for its premium tea, used in making matcha, for over 600 years. Early May is the end of the tea picking harvest. The leaves are quickly transported to the processing plants that clean, dry and mill the tea to make high quality matcha.

  • May 2016

    Church Espresso

    Equippers Church set up a espresso cart every Sunday in Cross Street. Christians need caffeine too.

  • May 2016

    Kawaii

  • May 2016

    School Fundraiser

    An important education contribution to Auckland inner-city life is Kadimah School. They held a fundraiser at Ponsonby Community Centre. The fundraiser doubled as a curated look at contemporary ceramics.

  • April 2016

    Yes Collective

    Jane and Haley from the Yes Collective come and have espresso at Miller’s. So it was cool to be able to go to their place and see what they are doing.

  • April 2016

    Web Launch

    Not quite a web launch for this site. It’s been up awhile and as stated on the day “it’s 40% there”. But it was time for a “roof shout” for friends, family and those close to the building of millerscoffee.co.nz

  • April 2016

    The Prince has passed

  • April 2016

    The traffic

    A topical conversation over the coffee cups is the crowded state of the roads. Getting around by car is getting harder.

  • April 2016

    Mourning Routine

    Two morning routines, heating up the roaster and opening the front doors.

  • April 2016

    Mean, barista, mean.

  • April 2016

    Kawaii

  • April 2016

    Suzy's Blend

    Susy’s Blend is a coffee roasted for non-espresso ways of making coffee. Initially it was made by Fagg’s Coffee and Suzy van de Kwast. Suzy served this blend from 1968 to 1987 at her Suzy’s Coffee Lounge in Willis Street, Wellington. It was made for the Cona Coffee machine a vacuum, filter coffee system. The history of this coffee is outlined in Craig Miller’s “Coffee Houses of Wellington 1939 - 1979. Coffee in pre espresso New Zealand”.

  • April 2016

    Hum Café

    Bohemian Grafton with a view of Rangitoto.

  • April 2016

    Take the time to enjoy your coffee.

    State Highway 25, Mangatarata, Hauraki.

  • April 2016

    Uji Matcha

    Between the ancient cites of Kyoto and Nara is Uji. For over 700 years Uji has been known for its tea growing and the making and suppling of high quality matcha.

  • April 2016

    Bike Path

    Central Auckland is getting better cycle-ways including this new pink edition. The cross-roads for the new inner-city cycle-ways is just behind Miller’s Coffee

  • April 2016

    Demolition

    A building across in Upper Queen Street is about to come down. Had been selling T-shirts and other items of interest. Ben and his family were good customer too.

  • April 2016

    ​Kawaii

  • April 2016

    Take the time to enjoy your Matcha

    ​Ippodo Tea House, Kyoto.

  • April 2016

    Irene (Lola) Panui exhibition

    ​Around 2010 Craig Miller met Lola selling her raranga (traditional Maori weaving) at the Aotea markets in Auckland. They talked and Craig brought some items. Over the years they became close friends, enjoying talking to each other about raranga, whanau (family ties) and Te Ao Maori (the natural world).

    They collaborated on design and Lola made many woven kete (traditional style bags) for Craig. Sadly Lola passed away in March 2016. As a mark of respect for his friend, Craig hung a selection of her raranga on the exhibition wall at Millers Coffee.

  • March 2016

    Local Roasters

    There are many local coffee roasters in New Zealand. Part of the pleasure of travelling New Zealand is try them out, such as Kush Coffee and Pomeroy’s Coffee and Tea Company, both from the cathedral city of Nelson.

  • March 2016

    Crown Lynn Trust open day

    ​The Portage Ceramics Trust, in New Lynn, had an open day on the 9th of April, to show the achievements of the Trust over the years. The Trust have preserved and are archiving an important part of New Zealand’s industrial design heritage, Crown Lynn Potteries. Miller’s Coffee brought some of their own Crown Lynn collection and served “Suzy’s Blend” coffee.

  • March 2016

    ​We miss you Mr Dix

  • March 2016

    Cassette bird

  • March 2016

    ​Waiheke Wine Festival

  • March 2016

    ​Take the time to enjoy your coffee

    Seidel-cho, Ashiya, Hyogo. Nihon.

  • March 2016

    Take the time to enjoy your coffee

    ​Point Chevalier Road, Point Chevalier, Auckland.

  • March 2016

    BespokeNZ

    First World items.

  • March 2016

    Crown Lynn

    ​Thought we better go out to New Lynn and check out the Crown Lynn Museum. Crown Lynn were the New Zealand makers of tableware during the first wave of New Zealand coffee.

  • March 2016

    Men at Work

    Around Miller’s Coffee there are always men at work. They help keep the city ticking.

  • March 2016

    Tony opens up his garage

    Tony uses his garage in Cross Street to store his retro goods. He has decided to open it occasionally to sell his items from the garage.

  • March 2016

    Photo all the time

    Out in the street, they are taking photos all the time.

  • March 2016

    Despatch

    An important part of the Miller’s Coffee operation is preparing the freshly roasted coffee for despatch.

  • March 2016

    Pick up

    Needed to pick up some things from Otahuhu and Mt Wellington. Decided to make it one trip.

  • March 2016

    Cross Street art

    The art in Cross Street is always changing.

  • Febuary 2016

    Take the time to enjoy your coffee

    Port Road, Whangamata.

  • Febuary 2016

    Mr Miller's tailor

    Payne Tailoring

  • Febuary 2016

    Street cock

  • Febuary 2016

    Take the time to enjoy your coffee

    Tuhoe Street, Taneatua, Eastern Bay of Plenty.

  • Febuary 2016

    Take the time to enjoy your coffee

    Queen Street, Auckland.

  • Febuary 2016

    Ch - Ch - Changes

    E haere ra, e Ziggy

  • February 2016

    Take time to enjoy your coffee

    Aitken Street,Thorndon,Wellington.

  • January 2016

    Decoupage espresso

  • January 2016

    Oh yes coffee

  • January 2016

    Meow

  • January 2016

    Take the time to enjoy your coffee

    Tamaki Drive, Kohimarama, Auckland.

  • January 2016

    Plishke, Plishke, Plishke

    Ernst Plishke, the dominant designer of Wellington modernism, made book tables for Parsons Bookshop downstairs. Two of them are now held by Te Papa. The book table in these photographs were inspired by the Plishke book table. Made by Rachael.

  • January 2016

    Matcha

    Making time to understand Matcha.

  • January 2016

    Riding a bicycle

ABOUT

Millers is a boutique coffee roasting company with a blend designed specifically to be used in the espresso machine.

The blend has remained unchanged since we began roasting in 1988. We have helped pioneer the skill and sociability that the Espresso machine has brought to our society over these 20 or so years. This espresso culture has made a deep and lasting impression. A greater freedom of self expression has been shared. We now see the positive influence that coffee has played in hospitality culture throughout New Zealand.

BEGINNING

The Millers Story

  • 1984

    Another Roadside Attraction Park Road Grafton; purchased Faema E61.

  • 1986

    Belaroma, Albert Street, first stand-up espresso bar.

  • 1988

    Millers Coffee begins roasting in Exchange Lane. First outdoor seating.

  • 1990

    Roaster moved to Craig Miller's home in Onehunga, Alastair Burns gets involved as engineer, builder, designer.

  • 1993

    Serious Espresso with Millers Coffee in Bledisloe Lane.

    A stand-up espresso bar and roastery.

  • 1994

    Sweet-Inspirations, Williamson Ave.

    Dayna roasting Miller's Coffee and baking small cakes.

  • 1996

    Miller's begins roasting at 31 Cross St.

  • 1996

    Apples Blend @ 23A Gallery “Coffee and conversation” an exhibition by Billy Apple.

  • 1997

    Serious Espresso relocates to Civic Theater corner site.

  • 1997

    Civic Theater closed for refurbishment.

  • 1998

    Serious Espresso relocates to St. James Theatre Queen Street. (built during Auckland’s power black out).

  • 1999

    Serious Espresso Wellington opens in the BNZ heritage building.

  • 2000

    Serious Espresso opens on Princes Wharf (inspired by old ferries of Auckland).

  • 2001

    Serious Espresso opens at Swanson Street, Auckland.

  • 2003

    Roasters meeting called to form an association, resulting in the NZCRA (www.nzcra.org.nz).

  • 2004

    Apples Blend @ Micheal Lett Gallery. “Coffee and conversation” an exhibition by Billy Apple.

  • 2005

    BNZ Wellington closes.

  • 2006

    Princes Wharf becomes BaraBra.

  • 2010

    Business as usual.

  • 2015

    Miller's Coffee roaster fresh.
    Monday - Friday, 7:30am - 12 noon.
    Ready to welcome you.

Millers has been strongly influenced by the espresso machine.

The first machine, a Faema E61, was a ’3 Group’, which enabled it to extract coffee into 6 espresso cups, simultaneously.

The E61, as it is fondly known, was purchased in 1984 and took pride of place in ‘Another Roadside Attraction’ – a small local cafe opposite the hospital in Grafton.

This beautiful, vintage machine is still in use today at Millers Coffee Roasting & Refreshment Room, 31 Cross Street Newton, Auckland

It began the Italian connection to espresso, and in particular to the city of Milan where many of the best espresso machines are manufactured and where the culture of espresso had its beginnings to become the strongest influence on the modern cafe culture.

A culture where people visit a favourite espresso bar on a daily basis as part of their lifestyle, creating a sense of community. Coffee is served at the bar and people take the time to meet friends, discuss business or have some time out by themselves while still having a feeling of connection and recognition. Along with the espresso machine came the roasted coffee.

In Milan, the market was controlled by only a few very large and established coffee companies. But in New Zealand, the way was open for individuals to more easily begin roasting their own to give themselves greater quality control.

When Millers began roasting coffee there were only 10 roasters in New Zealand. Today there are more than 100.

History, cafe culture and today In those days there was the coffee lounge. Sandwiches and cakes were displayed in a way that people were able to help themselves. The coffee offered was usually ‘cona style or filter but it was the last consideration. Today it is often the first.

Then in 1988 came Millers – freshly roasted on an Otto Swadlo 3kg Roaster, with the id of the espresso machine.

As more successful cafe owners took control of roasting their own coffee, their understanding and confidence grew and the new players who secured a brand of espresso machine were able to identify their machine with their particular brand of coffee and attract new customers keen to be a part of this new phenomena.

Along with the high standard of espresso machine know-how, came a desire to continue sourcing a high standard of green beans.

Combined with concientious roasting, New Zealand has created much mana around the humble cup of coffee. We have become world leaders in setting a consistently high standard.

Millers coffee has been able to make a valuable contribution to this standard and continues to do so by encouraging many who have wanted to take part in helping shape this important industry.

OUR BLEND

COLOMBIA 30%

PAPAU NEW GUINEA 40%

KENYA 30%

COLOMBIA PAPAU NEW GUINEA KENYA
30% 40% 30%

From day one, our green blend of Arabica beans have been sourced from the same three countries – Papua New Guinea, Colombia and Kenya.

The blend has never changed. There has been no reason to alter it. We have had the continuity of supply and have avoided blending on price.

Papua New Guinea: Sigri A 40%

This country is a more recent producer. Coffee was first grown commercially in the early 1950′s but only in more recent years has it appeared on the world market where its popularity has grown fast.

coffee tree sketch Sigri Coffee Estate is known for its excellence. Situated in the 40 mile long Wahgi valley in the eastern highlands province the coffee is a 100% high grown washed Arabica.

The estate is highly regarded for its programmes of sustainability both in regards to the husbandry and care of the plants and also to the community that it serves. The people who work for the company are offered health care and education.

The fine quality coffee has balanced acidity, is full bodied with a rich smooth flavour and makes up 40% of our blend.

Colombian: Medellin Excelso 30%

Medellin is in the central mountain range of Colombia’s coffee growing region. It is the most famous and like most of their coffee is grown on small plantations. It is carefully picked, wet processed and graded.

Excelso is a combination of grades ‘supremo’ and ‘extra’, has a beautiful flavour, a fragrant aroma and a fine balanced acidity.

Kenya: AA 30%

The main growing area in Kenya stretches south from the slopes of Mount Kenya almost to the capital Nairobi. The deep fertile volcanic soil, combined with ideal temperatures and rainfall produce one of the worlds finest coffees.

‘AA’ is the grade which commands the highest prices at the weekly auctions during the season and is the finest quality. It is a full bodied coffee with excellent flavour and fine acidity.

Millers Coffee is a taste. Fresh tastes best. We roast together a green blend of three different origins. Sigria, Medellin Excelso, and Kenya AA.

This blend produces a coffee that has a clean distinctive flavour and aroma.

The degree of roast is dark but with no oil on the surface of the beans. The roasted beans are designed to be used primarily in the espresso machine and will produce a full strong flavour without any bitterness. How amazing to see virtually odourless green beans spring into life when roasted.

The Petroncini 30kg drum roaster has been the focus of the roasting room at Cross St. for around 14 years. At around 215ºC each roast takes approximately 20mins and during that time a moisture loss of around 20% occurs. Once roasted the coffee is packed and usually dispatched on the same day. The staling process has already begun.

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