On June 9th Ponaire coffee closed it’s doors to it’s outlet in the Milk Market in Limerick for the last time. Despite efforts to negotiate the renewal of it’s license, it was rejected by the Limerick Milk Market Trustees (City and County Councillors and the Limerick Chamber of Commerce).
“We are very sad that we will no longer ber able to serve and sell coffees to the thousands of loyal customers who have supported us over the past three years. We are currently looking for another location that will enable us to operate our business at least 6 days a week”, says Jennifer Ryan, owner and founder of Ponaire Coffee Roastery.
In May 2013 Pónaire was certified to roaste and sell Organic Coffee. They have two Fairtrade Organic Coffees – a single origin Honduran and a single origin from Peru.
And this week they just learned that Pónaire’s European Espresso Blend that won Gold in 2011 has won again this year. Pónaire Connoisseur won Gold in 2009 and 2010, Pónaire Indian won 3 Gold in 2010, and in 2011 Pónaire Costs Rica Blend won Gold and Pónaire Brazil Fairtrade won 2 Gold. That’s a lot of Gold you might say.
“As an artisan producer, we are passionate about good traceable, healthy food and strive to work closely to support other artisan producers throughout Ireland. We can trace a bag or cup of our coffee back to the farm it was grown on. Do you know any other roaster that can do this?”, asks Jennifer.
This week the company has also reached another milestone having gained their 202nd wholesale customer.
“Our freshly roasted coffee can now be enjoyed from Dunerana, Donegal to as far SouthEast as Wexford town, as far SouthWest as the Dingle Penninsula. We thank each and every customer who has supported us on our journey”, she points out.
Jennifer emphasises that small businesses like hers are the heart of the local community. They generate wealth, employment and opportunity and she is very aware of the support she receives from 1,000’s of loyal customers who buy bags or cups of coffee from Ponaire each week.
“I want to encourage people to keep trade local, to use the independent businesses on their high street, and celebrate the uniqueness and flavour that they bring to their communities”.
If your wondering where you can buy Pónaire Coffee now that their license renewal in the Milk Market was declined, don’t worry, there are an increasing number of local outlets that carry the brand.
“We have 250g bags in Flavins in Castletroy and Greenpark – just re-stocked. All sizes of bags in our roastery in Annacotty AND you get a free coffee in Annacotty when you buy a bag! Also available online with free shipping this month with any order that contains our new Organic Fairtrade Honduran coffee (any size)”.
Other shops that sell retail bags: McCambridges in Galway and Ardkeen in Waterford, The Punnett Glenageary Dublin.