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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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Beyond Bailies: The MAC Belfast

Since opening in 2013, the MAC has become a cultural hub in the heart of Belfast’s increasingly trendy Cathedral Quarter. Home to a diverse range of workshops, music, art, dance and theatre, the award-winning venue has brought something extraordinary and special to our city. But, in all honestly the MAC theatre has never instantly come to mind when someone has asked me where I would like to grab breakfast, but we were in for a pleasant surprise when we stumbled in on a traditionally rainy Belfast summer’s day. Greeted by a beautifully designed open space, the interior cultivates a sense of creativity and drama, with dim lighting, intimate booths and imaginative wall design, it simply is just a cool place...

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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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