Our Oriental Bay store opened for the first time in December 2004. The initial plan had been for a coffee shop that “sold a little bit of ice cream” because of its beachside location. This changed when, while holidaying in Noosa, we were reminded how much we enjoyed gelato and lamented the fact that no one was doing it well in Wellington. From there Italian contacts were made, machinery sourced and Kaffee Eis was born.
The name was chosen to reflect Karl’s Austrian heritage – Kaffee Eis (pronounced - café ice), which means coffee and ice cream in German. Kaffee Eis quickly grew a reputation for both high quality gelato (which was all initially manufactured on site) and great coffee. This was greatly enhanced by some very loyal locals, many of whom we still see on a regular basis, and the positive word of mouth advertising they perpetuated.
It wasn’t long before “the little ice cream shop in Oriental Bay” couldn’t manufacture enough gelato to cover demand, so a production kitchen was set up. This was followed soon after by a second store on the lagoon in Frank Kitts Park (Jan 2005), and two years later a third in Courtenay Place (March 2007) followed by Cuba Street (November 2013) and we now have our latest store, The Kiosk TSB Arena (June 2017).
Whilst Kaffee Eis, along with its manufacturing and distribution arm Gellicious Gelato, is now one of the biggest manufacturers of gelato in New Zealand, we remain 100% locally owned and operated.
To show our appreciation, we donate 10c from every drink sold to a charity that benefits our local community. The charity changes each month, check out our charity page for more information.
To date, we've donated over $65,000
This month’s charity is: Wellington Free Ambulance
“Wellington Free Ambulance is the only emergency ambulance service in Greater Wellington and Wairarapa and the only ones in the country who are free. We cover the Kapiti Coast as far north as Peka Peka Road, Wairarapa and all of the Wellington region. We look after 1 in 10 of your friends and family, ensuring we provide the best possible care for all our patients.
Last year we answered 102,000 calls for help and responded to 58,000 emergencies. No two medical emergencies are the same so when you call 111 we’re here for you with more than ambulances. With a number of specialists on hand, we’ll work out what you need and get you the right help in the best possible time.
Each year our community raises over $4million to cover the gap between government funding and the cost of running the service. Thanks to your generous donations, people in our community can just think about getting better.
We’re the ones here for you, you’re the ones keeping us free.”