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 $45,000
This month’s charity is: Wellington Night Shelter
Wellington Night Shelter provides crisis and transitional housing for men experiencing homelessness and supports them in their journey towards obtaining safe, sustainable housing solutions.
The Wellington Night Shelter is open 365 days a year. Our crisis services include a bed for the night, shower and laundry facilities and access to hot drinks and where possible, light food via community donations. We are a first point of contact for men experiencing homelessness and at the very least, we offer a good night’s rest and a chance to start the self-care process again. Our transitional accommodation provides a single room, and semi-independent living with shared facilities, for approximately 3 months. Guests have access to a social worker and individualised support interventions to help them rebuild their life-skills in preparation for moving back into long-term housing, usually working in conjunction with other support agencies.