At The Merchant Hotel, our preferred coffee supplier is Bailies Coffee Company.
The company was founded in 1993 by Russell Bailie, who recognised the growing demand for quality freshly roasted and traceable coffee amongst an increasingly knowledgeable consumer base in the UK and Ireland. Bailies Coffee Company has since earned industry recognition for its commitment to supplying only the finest, freshest, hand-roast coffee and has supplied espresso beans to two of the last four Irish Barista Champions. Bailies specialise in sourcing single origin and single estate coffees and aim for full traceability to origin, farm and farmer wherever possible. They also source and roast Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance and organic coffees, and develop working relationships with ethical suppliers who have a strong focus on sustainability for local farmers and growers. However, roasting coffee is only one part of what Bailies do!
Serving great coffee requires educated staff, who are passionate and proud about the coffee they are serving. To that end, Bailies also specialise in barista training and have developed a unique barista training programme which is delivered by the 2004 UK Barista Champion, who personally delivers all of our in-house and on-site barista training. They are passionate about ensuring our staff are trained to consistently serve the best cup of coffee possible. Serving good coffee requires good machinery, and only the best is supplied. Bailies are the only locally approved supplier of the market-leading La Marzocco traditional espresso machinery.
At The Merchant Hotel, we use Puccini blend: A winner of 1 star at the 2012 Great Taste Awards and 2 stars at the 2013 Great Awards! Experience dark chocolate, caramel and red merlot wine in this delicious espresso. This coffee has a buttery body, mild balanced acidity and a long sweet creamy finish. This blend is 100% Arabica beans which ensures a smooth and balanced mouthfeel. Our blend consists of the finest coffee beans from Brazil, Guatemala, Sumatra and Ethiopia. Each origin is carefully roasted separately by hand and then blended together to create this fine espresso.
For more information about Bailies coffee, visit their website at http://www.bailiescoffee.com/ or pop into The Merchant Hotel and enjoy a cup.