Michael Allpress and Tony Papas
Craig and Richard ... a proud roast on A.R.T
Ben is a cheerful voice on the phone
Frith and Karl - they have the technical expertise
We are a coffee roaster and espresso specialist. Allpress was established in New Zealand in 1986 when Michael Allpress decided to chase his love of traditional Italian espresso rather than his career as a chef. He built a coffee cart and began serving the largely unfamiliar espresso drinks in a local Auckland market. Very quickly, his obsession with flavour led him to source his own beans and begin roasting coffee. This fresh approach to flavour quickly generated interest from cafes and restaurants across the country and Michaels focus shifted from cart operator to specialty coffee roaster.
From these early days, Allpress has gradually grown under the leadership of Michael and our team of talented, passionate and friendly people.
Venturing beyond NZ to Australia in 2000 was an ambitious move, but in partnership with lifelong friend and well-known Sydney restaurateur, Tony Papas, the expansion across the Tasman developed successfully and we are now a local roaster in Sydney and Melbourne.
By 2010, the knowledge gained from years in the cafe industry down-under, motivated Michael and Tony to take on a tougher challenge - setting up an Allpress Roastery & Cafe in the UK. Our first foray into the northern hemisphere neighbourhood of Shoreditch, thrived with the support of London coffee drinkers and cafe owners. By 2014 we had outgrown our original space, so found and restored an old joiners building in Dalston. This is now an all encompassing home base in the UK and an Allpress Espresso Bar remains in Shoreditch, where it began.
During this time, another market was being considered and after a few years watching Tokyo's emerging espresso coffee culture, the fit for Allpress felt right. In 2014 our sixth Allpress Roastery & Cafe opened in Kiba, following the full restoration of another character building - an old timber warehouse..
Our geographies are widening, but the founding qualities of Allpress are kept close. Allpress people remain dedicated to producing the best coffee and providing friendly, knowledgable service. Our culture and a sense of familiarity is nurtured, helped along by team members who have been around for more than 18 years and the fantastic migration of Allpress people between our roasterys in Auckland, Dunedin, Sydney, Melbourne, London and Tokyo.