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Sourcing Bailies: Oh Snap

Picking up from where we left off, Jan had agreed to do some work with the African Fine Coffee Association (AFCA) for producers in Africa prior to the start of his trip. Founded in July 2000, the AFAC is a regional non-profit, non-political, member-driven association representing coffee sectors in 12 member countries including Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, DRC, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Part of his trip also involved being part of an established annual high-end specialty coffee grading event which culminates from the different countries in the continent, with Jan agreeing to participate in the 2019 competition as a member of the Jury. However as the competition began to unfold, it quickly became clear that competition standards...

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Beyond Bailies: The Bullitt Hotel.

As cheesy as this is, at Bailies we love our Customers. Many of you have been with us since the start and others are new and constantly evolving. Emphasising our stance on seeing our coffee through from bean to cup, we want to look beyond Bailies and follow the work of our customers and the unique specialty atmospheres’ they have developed. So, over the next couple of months, we would like to launch a series of posts which showcase one of our customers once a month. While some departments in our company may argue it’s just an excuse for us to gorge on breakfast and coffee, we maintain that it is a serious exercise in customer appreciation. First up -...

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Sourcing Bailies: Ever-changing Ethiopia

As many of our followers may know, fostering long-term and sustainable relationships with our farmer’s and communities is an integral part of what we are about here at Bailies.  We are a small but growing business built on direct trade, and the current man tasked with the responsibility of sourcing the harvest is Jan Komarek, the head of quality control and green coffee buyer of Bailies Coffee Roasters. Coffee is one of the world’s most traded commodities, with Jan’s most recent trip taking us from Ethiopia to Kenya and back in pursuit of coffee, competition and auctions. But we are getting ahead of ourselves. This trip was just over two weeks long, it was found to be near impossible to...

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Belfast Based Coffee Brewer Boston Bound To Prove He’s Best In The World!

Stephen Houston, Head Roaster at Bailies Coffee Roasters based in Belfast is heading to Boston next week to represent Ireland in the World Coffee Championships. Back in January, Stephen had to fend off tough competition from across Ireland to win the ‘Irish Brewers Cup 2019’.  He’ll now make his way to Boston taking on over 40 competitors from across the world.  Stephen will take to the stage for four days of fierce competition from 11-14 April at the Boston World Coffee Championships, in a bid to win the ‘World Brewers Cup’. The World Brewers Cup competition highlights the craft of filter coffee brewing by hand, promoting manual coffee brewing and service excellence. In this Championship, competitors prepare and serve three...

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Coffee, Community & Culture

So much changed for us as at the roastery over the past 20 years, the same can also be said for the specialty coffee industry across Northern Ireland. We’re a small country, but we have a lot to offer; growing rapidly to rival some of the largest coffee destinations in Europe. There is something special about being part of a unique, pocket-sized community, where everyone is so passionate about one thing…coffee. In our unique coffee world, we seem to have developed an innate desire to walk into our favourite café, or new street addition, and initiate conversation with our barista on anything from the origin to the roast or the brew- that subtle look of approval I receive when I...

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