31 October 2022
I caught up with Hans from Folk Brewers to chat all things coffee.
Hans has three main passions; people, coffee and his music. In no particular order, although I get the sense that people are always number one. Hence the name Folk. Hans loves how coffee is a connecting point for so many people and that’s what gets him out of bed every day.
Born in Germany, Hans says he lived in a LOT of countries before settling in New Zealand 15 years ago. Having been a hospo worker for over 20 years, Folk Brewers was simply created seven years ago as Hans needed a job and the fine people at Basestaion needed coffee.
Folk is the modern watering hole where people come to meet, connect and share ideas. Coffee is just the vehicle. And Hans loves the Downtown Tauranga community that his coffee has created around him, a strong customer base which has carried them through.
Not one to sit still, Hans is always looking at new ideas. In the past couple of years, he’s launched his very own Folk coffee blend offering weekly, fortnightly or monthly subscriptions. Next up he’s branching out to supply his Folk blend to local cafes with Lloyds Deli in Tauranga and Wildflour in the Mount already in supply.
In between serving and now roasting coffee, Hans is a talented musician. He writes and records his own music and released an EP a few weeks – have a listen here. He regularly hosts acoustic ‘Folk Sessions’ at Folk and Basestation with a concert at Baycourt on the cards for early 2023.
Heard of the hashtag #folkyeah ? That’s Hans too! He’s also created a range of Folk Yeah merchandise for people to purchase and wear. And with a new state-of-the-art roaster due to arrive any day now I get the feeling that Hans is only just beginning…
Next time you need a coffee recharge, a friendly chat and some inspiration to get you through your day. You know where to go, go where the good folk go.
Folk Brewers can be found at 148 Durham Street, Tauranga.