Vivace Espresso

Coffee. It's been in our family's business since 1940.

The roots of Vivace Espresso began in the 40s with Trevor Smith, roasting coffee in chilly central Christchurch. Our lineage and love for fine, freshly roasted coffee began here under Heaton & Brown, Tea & Coffee Specialists. 

Hereford St, Christchurch 1997.

Vivace Espresso was established as Bernard Smith- together with Paul Baker, foresaw the explosion in demand for barista style specialty coffee.

With a Toper roaster installed and connections made for sourcing and importing green beans from the major growing farms secured, we quickly became a fixture in the local coffee scene.

As a go-to destination for the Christchurch cafe and hosptality crowd we were soon roasting not only for ourselves but for other fine establishments around the city. 

Ultimate Espresso. Our OG blend

Customers were making specialty coffee part of their daily routine, and in turn demanding a high level of consistency and quality.

This required both formalising a roasting recipe (coffee profile) and a blend name they could recognise and request now that we were supplying other cafes around Christchurch.

An exciting chapter in our rich history- the Ultimate Espresso blend was created, and remains our flagship blend over 20 years later.

[Italian vee-vah-che]

From the Latin vīvax, long-lived, vigorous, from vīvere - to live.

Tuam St. A new base to launch from.

As with many central Christchurch businesses, events of 2010/11 led us to a relocation. We choose the city fringe and a premises which gave us an opportunity to further develop our blend range and distribution outside of Christchurch.

Now with our massive Probat roaster, a coffee "lab" and space within which to store, roast and pack coffee we've set about providing more niche blends for customers throughout New Zealand.

Staying in touch with the cafe scene, and the fast evolving nature of the industry we realised we needed to walk the talk and be on the shop floor- outside of our Christchurch roastery cafe location. So we opened our own Vivace Espresso coffee bar in Wellington and more recently The Tasting Room in Auckland.


Sharing. (before it was facebook thing)

We realised early on that in order to secure our future, we had to help the coffee industry grow and mature.

As such we've been actively involved in the NZ Specialty Coffee Association, hosting and judging barista competitions and running free cupping sessions and roastery tours.

Additionally we run coffee appreciation workshops from our very own training "cafes" in the roastery and at our retail locations in Wellington and Auckland.


Cashel St, Christchurch


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