Dublin’s Bear Market Coffee has invested €400,000 in converting a former church into a unique roastery.
he husband and wife run chain is opening a new visitor experience at a 150-year-old former Catholic church in Stillorgan.
Customers will be able to experience the full process of coffee making from green bean to cup.
The new roastery has created 12 full-time jobs, bringing Bear’s total workforce to 75 in eight stores.
The church, which also features a full espresso bar will allow Bear to become the first Irish company to provide full in-house roasting and a dedicated single origin offer to its outlets and online, it said.
Customers will be guided through the roasting process, with tastings, by master roasters and baristas. The former church will also act as a barista coffee training facility for Bear Market staff.
“It is a fantastic location and development where our customers can visit, taste and experience the full roasting process from start to finish,” said Bear Market CEO Stephen Deasy, who founded the firm with his wife Ruth in 2013.
“It is a strategic investment and very significant for coffee lovers who seek one of the best experiences in Ireland.
“We felt it was very important to have a building of character where customers can have the chance to watch the entire roasting process unfolding.”
The launch of the new outlet and roastery comes at a difficult time for the hospitality industry — some Bear outlets remain closed.
“The last 15 months navigating through the pandemic has been an incredibly hard time for our business with multiple Bear Market shops closed for months,” said chief operations officer Ruth Deasy. “We founded the company in 2013 amidst the global recession, this is where we got our inspiration for the company name so this is not our first rodeo. We believe in finding the hidden innovation in a negative situation.”
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