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Ben Boyle - Be Specialty Coffee
We are a specialty coffee roastery (formerly known as Barista Empire) based in Auckland, New Zealand. Founded by award-winning professional Barista Ben Boyle in 2006 after returning home from a stint on the Melbourne cafe scene, Barista Empire started off with humble beginnings as an eponymous small inner-city espresso bar on Fort Street with one of the country’s first Synesso espresso machines, which was soon followed by a 3kg Diedrich IR Roaster installed in the corner of the cafe. With Ben at the helm of the Synesso everyday and roasting all our own coffee in-house, it wasn’t long before the reputation of the coffee served at Ben Cafe had grown to be one the city’s best – with throngs of inner-city workers queuing up every morning for their coffee fix a testament to that.
Hear from experienced cafe operators and roasters on changing customer expectations, new equipment opportunities, bean supply and pricing issues. There will be plenty of time for Q&A.
Rob Hulse – Espresso Mechanics & Suntory
David Huang – Society Coffee Roasters
Zoe Fawcett – Kokako Organic Coffee
Tom Handiside - General Manager, La Marzocco New Zealand
Ben Boyle – Be Specialty Coffee
Ken Burgin – SilverChef, Industry Insights Consultant - moderator