Sourcing the best coffee beans
Not content with building his own roaster and developing unique roasting profiles for every new batch of green beans, Chris became one of the first New Zealand coffee roasters to set up his own coffee trading company to source beans directly from the country of origin. He worked with business partner Carl Sara, to create Mountain Top Coffee (MTC) New Zealand, so Altura could develop strong, on-going relationships with coffee growers
in Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala and Kenya.
The long-term relationship that exists between MTC and the individual coffee bean farmers not only ensures that the best green beans make it into your cup, it guarantees fair prices for the growers and on-going support for their communities.
The coffee Olympics: World Barista Championships
As well as building a successful, 100% New Zealand-owned and operated business, our master coffee roaster was a founding board member of the New Zealand Coffee Roasters Association. Always an active member of the coffee fraternity, Chris has worked his way through the judging ranks at the World Barista Championships: from being a sensory and technical judge to head judge. Now Chris works with World Coffee Events to assess and certify judges - helping to uphold global coffee judging standards at the highest level.