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Columbus Coffee

NZ’s premium café franchise. Highly recognised and trusted brand offering customers exceptional coffee and chef-prepared food. Supreme Franchisee of the Year and Food and Beverage Franchise System of the Year 2015/16. Suit owners with passion for coffee, food and the value of customer relationships.

Discover how to become part of the Columbus Coffee success story

Columbus Coffee is an exciting and unique company. We are credited with kick-starting the cafe culture in Auckland in the mid-nineties. Columbus Coffee set the standard that other cafes have aspired to since. 

The Columbus Coffee franchise network is now nationwide to meet the increasingly sophisticated demands of consumers throughout the country.

Our head office is not in Seattle or Sydney. Columbus has a unique New Zealand approach which has been proven in the highly competitive Auckland market.

Our support for franchisees is a key feature of the Columbus approach. Our head office staff are available to share their expertise with franchise owners directly. While our practices are systematic and easily-implemented, we also believe in fast response to the unique issues which might arise that are specific to particular location.

Proven systems

Our systems and practices are amongst the best available. Columbus Coffee have NZQA certified operating manuals and training systems. We offer the reassuring endorsement of Westpac Bank.

We take great pride in the quality of experience for Columbus Coffee customers. Our brand has been developed to be world class and is carefully managed to ensure our position as a preferred and credible leader in our market. The power of our brand and the support it offers franchisees is one of the most commonly cited reasons for choosing to invest in a Columbus Coffee franchise. This was recognised in the 2021 Westpac New Zealand Franchise Awards, when Gavin Carroll was named Field Manager of the Year in the over $500,000 category. Columbus also won the Marketing Campaign of the Year award.

Columbus Coffee Supreme AwardField Manager of the Year 2021Marketing Campaign of the Year 2021

Current café opportunities

Northland, Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Queenstown and Oamaru.

Columbus Coffee at Mitre 10 MEGA

We also offer the unique opportunity to own a Columbus Coffee at Mitre 10 MEGA. A unique partnership we have with another trusted Kiwi brand. This new franchise offers entry-to-ownership options at substantially lower levels than other café franchises.

The great thing about owning a Columbus Coffee at Mitre 10 MEGA store is that customers are delivered right to your door. From day one, Mitre 10 MEGA heavily promote their stores and customers come streaming in. It's a huge opportunity but requires the right systems, training and products to meet that sort of demand. That’s precisely what Columbus Coffee delivers.

For anyone wanting to invest in a Columbus Coffee at Mitre 10 MEGA store, we are able to offer a variety of purchase options. Entry costs into a Columbus Coffee at Mitre 10 MEGA are very competitive (and less than what you may expect and or require to get into other brands).

We have opportunities throughout the country - both with brand new cafes and to take ownership of existing cafes. We want to hear from people who have the enthusiasm, energy and commitment to make the most of the opportunity and bring an exciting and high-quality experience to Columbus Coffee and Mitre 10 MEGA customers nationwide. 

Commitment to people

The founders of Columbus Coffee remain involved in the guidance of the business. David Burton is one of the most respected experts in New Zealand's booming coffee industry. He continues to participate in training Columbus Coffee staff, sharing the wealth of his experience and his passion for fine coffee. As a result of this dedication to training, Columbus Coffee staff regularly excel in barista competitions and, most importantly, serving excellent products to our customers.

It takes a particular kind of person to be a Columbus Coffee franchisee. We are looking for dedicated individuals who have a passion for coffee and hospitality service. If you would like to become part of the Columbus Coffee success story we would like to talk to you.

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