Our story began in 1998 with the opening of a café, our passion and learning for coffee soon led us to start roasting our own blends. 

Essenza Coffee Company began in 2002, we converted a disused cowshed on a family dairy farm 11km from Morrinsville . 

Our original and still most popular blend “DIAVOLO’ (Italian for devil) was named because it was our first brew, and when coffee was first introduced into Europe the clergy alleged labelled it ‘The DEVIL’S Brew’ and tried to get the pope to condemn it, however after the pope tasted the coffee he said anything that can taste this good cannot be the work of the devil.