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When life gave this Paraparaumu couple lemons — they made an award-winning limoncello

A quick read  of the compliments taped to a wall at Koakoa’s Paraparaumu factory is a pick-me-up when Bec Kay, the company’s sole limoncello maker, needs it most.

A spirited kind of love: Bec and Chris on travel, trials and distilling

Bec Kay, 45, is the chief distiller at Koakoa, making limoncello, gin and vodka on the Kāpiti Coast. The former nurse co-owns the business with husband Chris Barber,...

Kapiti spirits producer ramps up sustainable initiatives

Kiwi liqueur and spirits producer, Koakoa, has announced it is doubling down on its spirit crates system as it ramps up its commitment to be one of the...

Orange and Lemon Local Gold Key to Koakoa’s Award-Winning Success

Orange and Lemon Local Gold Key to Koakoa’s Award-Winning Success New Zealand, 24 September 2020 - Koakoa’s Award-winning Limoncello and Orangecello liqueurs are being used in everything from...

Paraparaumu Beach company's unexpected hand sanitiser venture

Sustainable bottle swap system reducing waste in Wellington restaurants

Husband and wife duo Chris Barber and Bec Kay of Koakoa, collect used bottles from the Wellington restaurants they supply, to be washed and sanitised, refilled, and delivered...

Lemon Zest

You have to love what you do to spend months peeling 5000kg of lemons by hand. And not just any old peeling, but slow and painstakingly, making sure...

Paraparaumu Beach business helping hospitality sector

Chris Barber and Bec Kay, the team behind award-winning Koakoa Limoncello and Bond Store gin and vodka, based at Paraparaumu Beach, are working alongside bars and restaurants to...

Double rewards for newcomers

Prestigious award opens doors to Asian market for Kapiti Coast Limoncello maker

Koakoa Limoncello was the only New Zealand limoncello to win a gold medal at the Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition.The company's Bond Store Kawakawa Gin also...