Aucklander Chris White gets his kicks from football and coffee.
He’s been passionate about football as a player, coach and now as a fan.
And when it comes to coffee, he’s spent more than 30 years honing his craft as a world-class barista and roaster of beans sourced from multiple continents.
Arsenal fan White owns Altura Coffee, one of New Zealand’s leading coffee brands and distributors of award-winning coffee blends.
Now, he’s combined his passions by offering Altura’s support to Friends of Football, becoming one of our growing family of sponsors.
White played and coached with some of the best young footballers to grow up on Auckland’s North Shore.
As a player, he came through the youth ranks at East Coast Bays and North Shore United in the 1970s; as a coach, he worked with Sid Roden at Takapuna, helping to develop youth players, and he assisted Roger Woolmer with the first team at Lyndale.
These days, he loves to meet football fans, and invites them to enjoy an Altura blend if they are anywhere near the company’s cafe and shop at 23 Douglas Alexander Parade, Albany.
White founded Altura in 1991 when roasting beans was in its infancy in New Zealand.
Today, Altura has more than 1,000 outlets for its blends using beans sourced from countries around the world, including Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Kenya.
Since 2004, he has been a certified world barista judge, travelling the world to judge the world barista championships.
The company also sells espresso machines and teaches coffee lovers how to make barista-quality coffee.