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) and we now have our latest store in Cuba Street (November 2013).
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, from 1 November 2016 we are donating 10c from every drink sold to a charity that benefits our community. The charity changes each month, check out our charity page for more information.
This month’s charity is: The NZ Breast Cancer Foundation
Kaffee Eis is going Pink in May as part of Pink Ribbon Breakfasts, supporting the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation.
"The NZ Breast Cancer Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that depends on donations for its work in breast cancer education and awareness, medical research and training grants, advocacy, and supporting women with breast cancer. The NZBCF’s long-term vision is zero deaths from breast cancer, and to that end, its focus is on pushing for new frontiers in early detection, treatment and support."