|Pónaire (Irish for Bean) was established in 2006 by Tommy and Jennifer Ryan. |
We import high quality Arabica beans from around the world and hand roast them to meticulously draw out unique flavours. We 'cup' all batches to ensure the highest quality and purest of tastes. We maintain roast profile sheets so we can consistently deliver the same high quality that our customers expect.
We can trace our beans from the farm to the cup or bag. If you buy a bag of our coffee you will see a batch number that can be traced back to the farm where the coffee was grown. In addition, we can trace it back to the roast profile sheet. We do not know any roaster in Ireland that does this!
In addition to our main roastery in Annacotty Business Park, Limerick, we also have a coffee roastery/bar in the Limerick Milk Market. At both locations, customers can be served delicious coffees by our trained baristas. Customers can also purchase a wide selection of coffees that we roasted ourselves in Ireland.
We supply coffee to specialty food shops, cafes, hotels, restaurants and many other establisment that serve good quality coffee. We roast and package in our custom designed premises that are HACCP certified.
Since 2009, we have won 11 Great Taste Awards for our coffees. The Great Taste Awards is the acknowledged benchmark for specialty food and drink. It has been described as the 'Oscars' of the food world and the 'Epicurean equivalent to the Booker prize.'
In 2011, Ponaire was nominated as one of the finalist for the Good Food Ireland Food Producer of the Year Award 2011.
All 3 of our coffees that we submitted for judging by the Guild of Fine Foods in 2011 won Gold! Our Costa Rica Morning Blend and our New European Espresso Blend won Gold and our Brazil Fairtrade Single Origin won 2 Gold Stars! We are thrilled to have earned these prestigious awards for our hand roasted coffees.
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Visit us on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at our Roastery and Coffee Bar in the renovated Limerick Milk Market. We do some small batch roasting right there as well as serve lots of hot and cold coffee drinks. You can also buy beans, have them custom blended (ground if necessary) and bagged for you while you wait.
We won 3 GOLD STARS for our INDIAN BLEND in the 2010 GREAT TASTE AWARDS in the UK and Ireland! We also won 1 Gold STAR for our Java Blawan Connoisseur Blend. We are thrilled that a panel of independent judges have deemed our coffees as deserving of these prestigious awards. The Great Taste Awards is the acknowledged benchmark for specialty food and drink. It has been described as the 'Oscars' of the food world and the 'Epicurean equivalent to the Booker prize.'
In April 2010 we launched our newly certified Fairtrade coffee as well as revamped labels for all our coffees. In May 2010 we also added a certified Fairtrade bean from Honduras - well worth trying!
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We are well recognized and respected as a premium hand-crafted coffee roaster in Ireland. Our Connoisseur Espresso Blend won Gold in the Great Taste Awards in 2009 and 2010 and our Indian blend just won 3 Gold Stars. We have received seven Bridgestone Awards (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and most recently 2013). In 2010 John and Sally McKenna stated:
“Their coffees are superb. Like the best of the new generation of roasters, the Ryans are alive to the oranoleptic potential of their beans and their roasts. They understand the volatility of the beans and the roasting process, and in playing with the process and mastering it, they capture not only the flavour and the essence of the bean, but somehow manage to package its very energy also. Magnificent artisanship, nothing less."
In 2012 John and Sally McKenna wrote:
"Ponaire is one of the cult brands in Irish speciality food. Tommy and Jennifer have been working steadily, steadily since they first started roasting their selected coffee beans back in 2006, first opening their Annacotty shop beside the roastery, then opening a super outlet at the hip Limerick Milk Market, and all the while infiltrating their superlative coffees into cool restaurants and hip shops throughout the country.
One image we love tells you everything: people circumnavigating the Newport Roundabout near to the Annacotty roastery get the scent from the beans that Jennifer is roasting, and promptly make that detour to stop at the shop and get that Ponaire hit: worth the detour or what! The various blends all demonstrate subtlety and delicacy, the aromas and flavours are lingering. We know it's ridiculous to say it, but these are feminine coffees, and they remind us of an old music joke about pianists from the 19th century: Franz Liszt may have conquered Europe, but Frédéric Chopin seduced Europe. Ponaire coffees are Chopinesque: they seduce you."
Our coffee is served in our own Deli Coffee Shop in Annacotty and our Roastery Coffee Bar in the Limerick Milk Market as well as numerous restaurants listed in “Georgina Campbell’s - Top 100 Restaurants in Ireland”, including some that were awarded “Best in Class”.
At Pónaire, we can support all your coffee needs – we supply a wide selection of whole beans, ground coffee and can advise you on a full range of equipment. In addition to our Pónaire blends, we also create custom blends for our most discerning customers. We can find and support the right solution for your business – whether big or small.
As a company we are committed to superior quality and customer service. We support our local community in many ways - we regularly make donations to various charities including Milford Hospice, Daughter's of Charity, or our local GAA and schools. As a producer, we also try to support other local producers and businesses.