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Our People

Jason Hall

Director, Technician

Jason has worked as managing director for Ripe since he starting roasting in 2001. From a trade background in motorcycle engineering Jason worked for 6 years in the World Motorcycle GP Championship as a technician. However, since opening Go Bang with Cate in 2000 and establishing Ripe the following year, Jason has continued to be managing director whilst being active in all areas of the business – you name it, he does it.

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Cate Hall

Director & Office Administrator

Cate has worked as a director for Ripe since 2001. Having completed an Honours degree in Human Nutrition in Northern Ireland, Cate loves being involved in the nutrition and food development at our cafes. Additionally, Cate is responsible for operations at all our stores as well as staff recruitment and accounts management – let’s just say, she’s a busy lady!

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Tom Austin

Sales & Accounts Manager

Originally from Wellington, Tom actually started off as a Ripe Coffee barista at our old Brandon St espresso bar all the way back in 2007! Since then he’s been working solidly in specialty coffee from London, to Melbourne and most recently in Western Australia. He’s now come full circle back to where it all began with the goal of delivering high service and excellent coffee to our wholesale partners back home here in Aotearoa. 

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Faye Lin


Starting in August 2019 as a barista, Faye’s passion for all things coffee and roasting has flourished at Ripe – she realised her love for learning about coffee just as much as drinking it. Faye is based at HQ where she roasts our coffee and prepares it for dispatch.

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Anne-Lise Mornard-Stott

Production & Operations Manager

After moving from France to New Zealand in 2012, Anne-Lise began her passion for coffee; starting out as barista and casually attending Ripe’s roasting and cupping nights. With the opportunity arising in 2018, Anne-Lise began as our Small Batch roaster. Now you’ll find her at HQ overseeing production.

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Grant Smith


With a passion for coffee, Grant joined the Ripe team in 2019 as our delivery driver and roastery assistant. You will now find him at the roastery fulfilling customer orders and making them ready for delivery and shipping.

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