New Zealand to begin commercial coffee machines after $7.8 billion expansion
New Zealand will begin commercial commercial coffee production in 2018 and expand the number of machines used by its public and private sectors, Prime Minister Winston Peters announced Wednesday.
“The new machine will be made in our country by Kiwi-owned, Kiwi sourced machines,” Peters said at a press conference.
Peters, who is running for a fourth term in office, said he had been briefed on the project by the Government’s Innovation and Manufacturing Advisory Board.
The announcement follows years of criticism from businesses, unions and consumer groups for the cost of commercial coffee, with critics saying it was too expensive to be competitive with home-grown coffee and too expensive for Kiwis who are struggling to make ends meet.
Auckland-based coffee roaster and co-owner of the popular Wellington coffee roastery, The Brew, said commercial coffee would be an economic boon to the country.
“I think it will be a good thing for Auckland and the country,” said David Ralston.
“I think this will create more jobs in the city.”
Ralston said he thought commercial coffee could help alleviate the Auckland housing crisis, and said the new machines would be cheaper than making coffee on-site at roasters and coffee shops.
Pettens spokesman said the Government was committed to the “innovative” commercial coffee process.
“We will work with the Government to ensure that commercial coffee is a sustainable industry,” he said.
“This is something that will be beneficial to the city of Auckland and it is something we are committed to making happen.”