Meet the Team : Shannon Hafner – Kokako Organic Coffee Roasters

Meet the Team : Shannon Hafner


Next up, from our Commercial Bay team, we'd love to introduce you to Shannon. Shannon feels like she's been part of the Kōkako crew for years as we first met her back in 2016 as the opening manager for Kōkako outpost Scout in Torbay, she then steered the ship at both Flour Mill in Epsom and Lola in Mt Wellington before jumping into Commercial Bay. Shannon is an incredibly talented (and generous!) baker, is a top-notch dog mum to Tilly, and donates blood once a year without fail. We love you, Shannon!

Read her interview below.



What is your first memory of coffee?
I remember making coffee for my parents every Sunday morning before they’d wake up - they had an early 2000’s Nespresso machine. 

What do you love most about working in the coffee industry?
The way coffee brings people together.

And how did you end up working with coffee?
I started working at a café when I first came to NZ a few years ago, I was fascinated by how different coffee was treated here compared to home - once they send me to my first coffee training I was hooked.

Where were you before here?
@lolacafenz, @flourmillcafe and @scout.torbay

And what made you want to work with us at Commercial Bay?
Having worked with Kōkako for the last 3 years I have developed a tremendous amount of respect for what Kōkako stands for - I wanted to be a part of that story. 

Best coffee moment to date?
I purchased a couple of bags of coffee from The Barn in Germany last year. I can’t stop thinking about the Kenyan Natural Chania. 



If you could use only one piece of brewing equipment for the rest of your life, what would that be?
My orange Moccamaster - convenient and makes 4 cups of coffee at a time. 

What coffee have you been enjoying lately?
Norwegian roaster Supreme Roastworks’ Ethiopian Guji - I have a coffee subscription and get to try lots of different Scandinavian coffee roasters.

Your favourite drink, when not drinking coffee? 
Parrotdog‘s Bitterbitch and if I have work then Batchwell’s Earl Grey Kombucha

And when you’re not pulling shots, what will we find you doing?
Eating out, adding plants and art to the house and walking my dog.