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Christmas Gift Guide 2019

It’s the most wonderful time of the year- and that means it’s time to get started on those Christmas wish lists! At Bailies, we know that gift giving, often comes that little bit of panic the closer it gets to Christmas time- it’s never easy when trying to pick the perfect present!  This year, we’ve put together the following Christmas Gift Guide- filled with inspiration and plenty of options to help make your Christmas shopping that little bit easier!    Coffee There’s no such thing as too much coffee… right? Right. For 2019, we have a choice of two Christmas Coffees that will certainly add to any coffee lover’s festive cheer! Our limited-edition Christmas Blend is unique combination of two washed microlot coffees...

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Beyond Bailies: Cargo

Amidst the busy hustle of Holywood High street, surrounded by Ferguson Flower’s collection of giant monsterras, orchids and peace lilies- you'll find the second location of Cargo Coffee. For almost a year, Cargo’s new second location; on Northern Ireland’s ‘Gold Coast’ (or so Mike McGoldrick would call it) has taken off. Inside,Cargo shares its space with Ferguson Flowers- and together, both businesses are blossoming (oh yep, the puns are back), with their co-space naturally marrying their two businesses and aesthetic styles together. Matt’s cool brew bar/café and Ferguson’s wonderfully vibrant haven of flora and fauna play well against and with each other to achieve a collected and unique feel for the customer to truly sit back and relax. But this isn’t the...

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Beyond Bailies: Finegan & Son

It's a miserable early August afternoon. The summer has begun to quickly fade away and the rain is pouring from the heavens. Luckily for us, we're sheltered from the grey clouds outside- staring out at passers-by rushing through the rain from the shelter and comfort of Finegan & Son- an unassuming yet, prime speciality coffee spot far from the bright lights and hype of Belfast.   From the outside, Finegan & Son looks like it could have been the inspiration for the shop fronts of Diagon Alley (that's one for you Harry Potter fans). Inside, the cafe is minimal, yet quaint- presented in an airy space, with wooden flooring, tables and chairs accompanied by giant windows that allow light to envelop...

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Sourcing Bailies: The Last Leg

Our third and final article signing off our 3-part sourcing series. So, hopping back across the border Jan prepped for his short four day stay in Kenya, a county still shaken from the events of that January when Somali militants stormed a luxury hotel compound in Nairobi. Just outside of the company’s capital is the town named Ruiru- the location of Bailies’ exporter Dorman’s coffee traders who would host the cuppings. Buyers must cup hundreds of coffees and narrow them down to their own preferences in a shortlist that's decided before the coffees then go to auction. This intense environment sees many buyers tasting hundreds of coffees in a condensed period of two days. The coffees being tasted were from...

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Beyond Bailies: Mini Maegden

Northern Ireland is very proud of it's famous North Coast- and it's no surprise as to why. It's got sun (not always guaranteed), sand and surf; coastlines, cliffs and castles; ‘Game of Thrones’, golf and... Yep, 'Grilled Cheese'. For our ‘Beyond Bailies’ blog post this month, we hit the road on a sunny July afternoon and traveled to visit a true gem of the North Coast: Mini Maegden. Maegden has been one of our valued Bailies customers since opening the hatch of their iconic and instagram favourite 1950s camper back in 2017- serving coffee, hot chocolates and mouth-watering grilled cheese sandwiches to the masses. Since then, the little van - powered by the passion and vision of owners Emma and Jo...

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