Esquires Café

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The first New Zealand store opened in May 2002 and quickly became the fastest growing coffee house franchise in New Zealand. After 13 years of customers seeing the Esquires Café brand, Esquires decided it was time for a change and has recently launched the new ESQ brand which now sets the standard in delivering a fresh made in-store food offer and an improved Organic Fair trade Coffee flavour for our loyal and new customers.

In late 2015, Esquires was purchased by Café Coffee & Bakery Systems (NZ) Limited who have already completed 16 refurbishments to the ESQ brand with more planned in 2019. With 20 stores currently situated throughout the country and more openings planned. Esquires is consistently striving to provide our customers with the highest quality Organic Fair Trade coffee, fresh made-in-store food options and a relaxing atmosphere in every café.

At Esquires Café, we are different. We welcome everyday Kiwis. We don’t take ourselves too seriously and reckon nothing beats a great coffee made the way you like it (well, maybe some things are better than a cuppa, but not much). And we also believe in great food; the perfect accompaniment. We do everything we can to make sure the coffee is as good as it can be, and the food is fresh and full of flavour. Just so you know we are not coffee snobs. If you want a little caramel in yours, or if you like a white chocolate frappe with a little strawberry flavour, then we don’t look sideways at you with a snarl of purist angst. Hey, it’s your drink and you can have whatever tickles your fancy.

While you are drinking your coffee, and nibbling on your muffin, we are doing as much as we can to make sure your break, catch-up or business meeting, is calm and relaxing; with a little smile here and there, to lift your day. Life is serious enough; we don’t have to be too.

House-made food with great coffee made the way you like it.



Dreamt of owning your own café and don’t know how? Tired of the same old, same old every day? Want to be your own boss? Sick of the grind and want a new grind?

We're taking on a bold new look to set us apart from the others having expanded our menu to get more value out of every sale and we are providing a whole new level of support for our franchisees. So take a second look at Esquires, we know customers will. Contact us if you'd like to hear more about the substantial changes we're making and how we can help you bring your café dream to life.

Esquires have been part of the New Zealand franchise café scene for over 10 years with stores nationwide.

Business Resources

  • Full kitchen, food, barista and business training.
  • Fully refurbished store and front of house equipment to the latest Esquires model prior to occupation.
  • Ongoing support - dedicated operations staff member (Business Development Manager) to your business.
  • Exclusive coffee roasted from our roasting facility based in Auckland.
  • Fee includes all initial fees & marketing relaunch contribution.

      Franchises Available for Sale

        • Asking Price: $300,000-$450,000 subject to final store size.
        • Asking Price: $300,000-$450,000 subject to final store size.

        • Asking Price: $300,000-$450,000 subject to final store size