History


Stewart’s Coffee

Stewart’s Coffee was founded by the late Mr T.A. Stewart in 1956. It was the FIRST coffee house in Dunedin and the only one in New Zealand to roast its own beans on the premises. Two of New Zealand’s oldest Probat roasters have been used by Stewart’s since day one. Good old fashioned belts, burners and hard work have produced some of the best coffee around for generations. In 1975 it was sold with a vision of a larger roasting facility supplying quality coffee around NZ. So in 1979 Stewart’s Coffee Supplies Ltd was founded and a factory established on Grange Street, Dunedin. Sadly, the original coffee house in the Octagon was closed in November 1998, giving way to the trendy wine bars and many small eating houses established in that area. At this stage there was also a retail shop on Filluel Street, Dunedin to continue selling to the public. In 2011, after a long history in Dunedin the company decided to uproot a move to Christchurch to take advantage of the central location. A new roastery and cafe set up shop at 595 Halswell Junction Road, Hornby and is still in operation today as the HQ. In 2014 the last legacy of Stewart’s in Dunedin, the Fillull Street shop was closed and all the production, sales and offices are at our Hornby location.  

 

Vice Espresso

The crew at Vice are serious about decent espresso. We are dedicated to instilling this passion into everything we put our name to. From the local cafes we supply, to the shots we extract at our dedicated Espresso bar on Halswell junction Road everything is focused on quality. At our Espresso bar and Roastery you can find us batch roasting only the highest quality Arabica coffee beans from all over the globe. Our crew is espresso mad and meticulously taste test every batch to ensure we are delivering what you deserve – a damn good cup of espresso. Pop on in today to try coffee from the freshest beans direct from the roaster right in the other room.  

 

Dessford Tea

Dessford Tea originated back in the 1970s being produced along side Stewart’s coffee in Dunedin. Over the years we’ve made sure that we haven’t lost touch with our origins. Our tea is imported directly from our growers in Sri Lanka which ensures we only get in the best quality raw hand-picked product, it’s then dried and bundled up as it has been for hundreds of years. After its long journey to our production center and roastery in Christchurch, we then produce a range of products including boxed loose tea and Teabags.  All of the production is hand packaged in house, with the finest details going into every bag and box right down to each and every label. Once sorted, weighed and packaged, we then ship the products around New Zealand.

Dessford Tea has catered to New Zealand tea drinkers generations. We pride ourselves on being one of the first in the industry and one of the only to keep our company Kiwi Owned and Operated. Our aim to produce top quality tea is only achieved by putting in the hard work and time everyday to produce each and every product right here in Christchurch.  

You can find our Dessford Tea in cafes, restaurants and even on the shelves in Farmlands, New Worlds, Bin Inns. But we also still sell to individuals, who’ve stayed loyal to us and have been brewing Dessford Tea since day one.  

 


Want to become a Vice Espresso brewer? Contact us on 0800 377 989 or fill out the form on the Contact Us section of our site.