Waterford’s family-run coffee roaster, Coffee House Lane, will host a Business After Hours, in association with Waterford Chamber at 5.30pm on Thursday, April 27th. The event will celebrate the official opening of the Bergin family’s coffee roasting facility in the IDA Northern Extension (beside the An Post Mail Centre).
The move from a 2,000 square feet premises in Kilcohan Industrial Complex to the new 6,000 square feet home at the IDA Northern Extension will facilitate increased production, create employment, expansion into new export markets and development of new coffee blends.
Mark Bergin, founder of Coffee House Lane is excited about the official opening. “We are delighted to welcome local and regional businesses to our opening later this month. We have had great support from the business community and are delighted to offer the opportunity for friends, suppliers and colleagues to experience the coffee making journey first hand.”
“We recently acquired a new 30kg roaster and installed an automated packing line which copper-fastens our commitment to roasting the best coffee in Waterford.”
Although Coffee House Lane is a relatively new brand, Mark and his family have a long association with coffee. Mark’s father, Stephen, began working with coffee in the 1960’s. Coffee Warehouse created its first range, Ponticelli in 2009 and in 2014 launched its award-winning signature ‘1690 Blend’ which pays tribute to the true home of coffee in Ireland, Coffee House Lane.
In the late 17th century John Aikenhead, a merchant and visionary, first brewed and distributed coffee in Ireland from his Waterford coffee house in the aptly named Coffee House Lane.
Some of the recent blends produced by Coffee House Lane retain a strong association with Waterford city and county and include ‘Viking City Roast’ and ‘Copper Coast Roast’. These complement the further five Coffee House Lane blends, seven Ponticelli blends, six single origin coffees, six single estate coffees and three pod blends, that are currently produced.
Despite the broad portfolio, Mark and his team have plans to broaden the range of blends on offer and are dedicated to sourcing the finest quality beans from Kenya, Sumatra, Ethiopia and Brazil along with developing new and innovative roasting techniques.
Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Adam Wyse will be in attendance on the evening, along with President of Waterford Chamber, Laurent Borla.
Guests will also have the chance to roast and pack beans to take home and will be entered into a business card draw for a Nespresso Coffee Machine with a supply of Coffee House Lane compatible coffee pods.