Wednesday, 19th September 2018
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Mark Bergin, Coffee House Lane

Food & Drink the Waterford Way

BORN out of a desire to bring coffee roasting back to the south east, father and son team Stephen and Mark Bergin launched their first coffee brand Ponticelli back in 2011. They were saddened by the fact that the south east, which once had a rich tradition of coffee roasting thanks in no small part to Chapmans on the Quay, was no longer roasting its own coffee.

"We always felt that we could do something better than importing someone else's brand," Mark explained. "Waterford has a rich tradition of doing things its own way, leading the field in food and beverage quality and that was always what we wanted to do."

After lively discussions with Eamonn McEneaney of Waterford Museum of Treasures about the history of coffee in Waterford, the Bergins learned about Coffee House Lane and a spark of inspiration ignited.

"It was too good of an opportunity to let slip," Mark said. "Based on Waterford's rich coffee history, dating back to 1690, we set up a brand new, premium brand, called Coffee House Lane."

The new roast would become exclusive and only available through premium retailers and superior baristas. It is a brand that has been roasted in history and brewed with passion and has elevated the Bergins to the elite of the food and beverage industry in Ireland, with a healthy amount of other local producers.

Mark says that together, they are stronger, and that's why Waterford has shone brightly on the food map in recent years.

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