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An Irishman and an Italian walk into a coffee roastery….

No, I am not about to tell a joke; we take our coffee very seriously in Ardkeen Quality Food Store and this was the start of our mission to find a new guest coffee to suit our customers discerning tastes.
We have collaborated with Ponaire Roastery in Newport, Tipperary since 2012, serving their Connoisseur Blend. Ponaires owners Tommy and Jennifer Ryan have always told me it is never their intention to be the “biggest coffee roasters in Ireland” rather they want to be “the best” and this sentiment perfectly mirrors our ethos and commitment to ensure we serve the best coffee at Ardkeen.
Tommy and Jennifer Ryan, Ponaire with AQFS baristas Joe & Elia
Tommy and Jennifer Ryan, Ponaire with AQFS baristas Joe & Elia

Taking into account the style of coffee our dedicated customers look for and enjoy, Elia and I began our research by tasting Ponaires extensive Irish roasted coffee selection from Mexico, Peru, Columbia, India, Ethiopia and Brazil. We did not rely on taste buds alone, but also employed some science to the selection, testing each coffee for the level of acidity using coffee PH meter and favouring lower acidic blends.

Consensus was reached and the Indian Blend selected; Bourbon with Paca varietals from Finca Altamira, El Salvador and Monsoon Malabar from India. The medium roasting releases notes of smooth milk chocolate, hazelnuts and hints of vanilla with medium acidity and body perfect in both americanos or cappuccinos.
Why not ask for our guest coffee when next ordering from our barista bar…you won’t be disappointed!
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