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Meet Coffee House Lane

Inspiration | 10th August 2016

Meet our newest supplier Coffee House Lane, fresh from the first ever Foodservice Academy.

“Coffee,” Mark says, “is in the blood.”

The Bergin family have been in the coffee business in one way or another for over 20 years. Before that Mark’s father, Stephen got his first taste for coffee aged 17 in Chapman’s Coffee Company in Waterford. Thereafter, Mark and his father worked as coffee agents for imported coffee brands but there soon came a point when they felt they could do better than what they were importing. In 2009, they set out developing their own brands of coffee. They started with blending and roasting coffee in small batches but are now focused entirely on their own brands, Ponticelli and Coffee House Lane. Ponticelli is a value focused foodservice product and the latter is a premium product which has only been available to retailers, until now.

“We are refusing to accept just any cup of coffee anymore. People are becoming much more knowledgeable, more aware of local products, of freshness.” Mark tells us that tastes are changing too and we are moving to lighter roasts which have more of a toasted grain taste and a more noticeable acidity to them.

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Mark also sees his coffee story as being intertwined with the wider Waterford food culture. Waterford’s got some rich food history, from the blaa, the city’s iconic floury bread roll to the rasher, evidently first made popular by Henry Denny in the early 19th Century. Coffee too, it seems also has its Irish beginnings in Waterford, tells Mark. Coffee House Lane got its name from the site where Ireland apparently had its first coffee house, adjacent to the busy trading port in Waterford. Coffee House Lane was established by John Aikenhead in 1690 and three centuries on, Coffee House Lane is still making waves at the well-known port of Waterford.

Coffee House Lane are one of ten Irish food and drink companies that have joined the first FoodService Academy, a new programme run by Bord Bia and Musgrave MarketPlace. The FoodService Academy seeks to help small Irish food and drink companies develop their business in the foodservice market. The programme also aims to help the companies achieve growth within Musgrave MarketPlace’s foodservice business, which works with over 6,000 customers each week ranging from hotels and restaurants to pubs and nursing homes.

Coffee House Lane’s exclusive blends are now available to collect and delivered customers in all Musgrave MarketPlace branches with prices starting at €9.99.