The Begining

Barista empire coffee (Be.specialty) was started eight years ago by Ben Boyle who, after several years working for other coffee companies felt that there wasn’t enough connection between the coffee importers, roasters and baristi. Ben opened Ben espresso in downtown Auckland which still houses the Barista Empire roasting plant.

At our espresso bar, we were able to roast small highly controlled batches of coffee. The people roasting the coffee were and still are the same people pulling shots and serving the coffee to the customers. This connection with the roasting process has enabled us to fine tune our roasts over the last four years.