Cup of gold

These days, every bar person should also be barista trained and it’s worth investing in top quality coffee machines and sourcing highend products to keep discerning customers happy. Drinks Industry Ireland looks at the brands that will provide a decent cuppa for your clientele

If you had asked for a coffee in a bar twenty years ago, you would have walked away with your tail between your legs. However, nowadays it’s perfectly acceptable to consume hot beverages on a licenced premises and it has transformed the fortunes of bars that would have had a very slow day time trade. Barista style coffee and herbal teas are now an important element of every on-trade business. According to Amárach research, “The popularity of coffee among Irish adults is clear with three quarters saying they drink coffee – perhaps more surprisingly is that nearly one in 10 of these tell us they drink five or more cups a day”. This should prove a wakeup call for those pubs and restaurants not already broadening their hot beverage offering in the mornings and afternoons. Our pubs are morphing into coffee shops by day and this is too lucrative a market to ignore. We look at the best brands on the market for the on-trade.

A little birdy told us

Warbler & Wren prides itself on selecting only the finest 100% arabica beans for its blends

Coffee brand Warbler & Wren is thriving in today’s dynamic and rapidly evolving coffee market. A young and vibrant brand it has taken flight across the Irish market with a successful showcasing at Catex 2023. Warbler and Wren is a firm favourite with gen z and millennials alike.

Locally roasted at its roastery at the foot of the Dublin mountains, the company prides itself on selecting only the finest 100% arabica beans for its blends. These include “Great Taste”, award winners, “Little Bird” and “Wrens Nest”. As “Guardians of Great Coffee”, they take you on an exciting and engaging sustainable coffee journey. Alongside the bird friends there’s a whole chain of “guardians” involved along the coffee journey from the roasters to the barista’s, all working together in harmony to ensure the best in cup is enjoyed each time.

All Warbler & Wren blends are packaged in 100% recyclable packaging with its “Bare Cherry”, blend also being Rainforest Alliance certified. The aqueous cups are fully recyclable, compostable, and repulpable. High-volume customers can avoid waste on single pack formats with its recyclable drum solution in step with the circular economy model of reduce, reuse, recycle.
Great tasting coffee, with sustainable choices now that’s something to chirp about!
Details, on the full coffee solution to include, training, marketing support, equipment, and service at:

Fast forward to full flavour

In one hour, the Cafitesse Quantum can serve up to 600 people with consistently fresh coffee

In ever-changing times for hospitality services, Jacobs Douwe Egberts Professional Ireland are showing year-on-year growth with its impressive range of high performing, energy efficient Cafitesse machines.
100% Pure Coffee – Cafitesse is a certified coffee-extract made from the highest quality beans, freshly brewed in their Dutch roastery, and shipped to customers worldwide.
Perfect for high volume fresh coffee on demand and hugely relevant for today. In one hour, the Cafitesse Quantum can serve up to 600 people with consistently fresh coffee system is low maintenance with a cleaning time of only two mins per week, thus allowing staff to focus on timely priorities.
In early 2023, JDE Professional Ireland launched the newest machine to their portfolio in the form of the Excellence Touch Experience. A stylish customer friendly system, utilising the same operational benefits of the Quantum, its interactive screen offers a wide selection of tasty black or milk-based coffees. The coffee pot option is ideal for smaller functions, making it a perfect solution for a breakfast, canteen or conference break out area. With well-known coffee brands such as Kenco, L’OR and Maxwell House already established within its portfolio, JDE Professional Ireland really can provide “A coffee for every cup”.
If you would like to know more about what JDE Professional Ireland could do to improve your business, or would like to avail of a free Cafitesse trial (T&C’s apply), please contact their sales manager on 087 4055681 or email

Reliability, style and service

Milano Coffee systems engineers have over 60 years of coffee machine experience installing and servicing coffee machines

Why Milano Coffee Systems? They pride themselves on their service! Their customers come for quality machines and return for the excellent customer service. They are an independent coffee machine suppliers and say that once you choose your coffee, their machines ensure it tastes its best.
Milano Coffee systems engineers have over 60 years experience installing and servicing coffee machines.
They are also Ireland’s supplier of Italy’s most loved commercial coffee machines, Faema.

There is a customer service excellence guarantee with a seven-day service helpline and country wide servicing engineers available if you have any issues with a new or exiting machine so you can be safe in the knowledge that your customers won’t have to go without their coffees due to a broken down machine.
There is an extensive range of automatic and traditional espresso machines to suit all budgets which are all available to view a state-of-the-art coffee machine showroom. Pay them a visit to experience coffee machine excellence with Milano Coffee systems.
Call to book a showroom visit on 01 4133 844. You can also view the large range of coffee machines and coffee grinders range at

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