Thinking global and acting local at Java Republic Coffee

Posted on: 10th September, 2018

Category: Food & Drinks

Contributor: West Cork People

Kieran White, Bandon-based distributor of Java Republic coffee, has a long history of bringing quality beverage products to the Cork, Kerry and Limerick region, while also setting the bar high with the ethical ethos of the company. Java Republic wes one of the first coffee companies in Ireland to offer its customers Irish-made, compostable and biodegradable cups and lids.

As well as offering a fair price to the farmers who grow the coffee beans, Java Republic has initiated projects to enhance the lives of coffee growing communities, including providing clean running water in Illili Daratu, a village in Ethiopia. Its latest initiative will see Java Republic contributing to the cost of health insurance for the coffee growers they met on a recent trip to Rwanda. Java has also committed to sponsoring a football pitch for the local children there. Keen to make good on their promise to increase trade with the Rwandan farmers, Java Republic will host an information evening on October 9 in the Barista Academy in Bandon to officially launch and promote its new blend of Rwandan based coffee, Ruco. In what promises to be an enthralling evening, aimed at trade personnel, guests will be treated to the unique tasting coffee, while Kieran gives a personal account of his trip to Rwanda and the wonderful people he met, who work so hard to create this exceptional coffee.

Kieran White (on left) company director, with Paul Hayes, Quality and Training Manager in the new Barista Academy room in Bandon.

The launch night will also be an opportunity to showcase the facilities available at the Barista Academy, situated on the bypass in Bandon.

Speaking about the new facilities, company director Kieran White said “We’re very excited about the latest initiatives in our company. The new coffee blends based on sourcing stunning Rwandan coffee beans are being very well-received by anyone who has tasted them; and I’m really looking forward to sharing my stories from Rwanda with invited guests at our launch evening in October. Our dedicated barista training room contains the latest in coffee making equipment, and provides an ideal environment for budding baristas to hone their skills, guided by our own in-house trainers Paul and Christine. As well as existing and prospective clients of Java Republic who are encouraged to attend training events at the Barista Academy in Bandon, we’re putting a big emphasis on attracting students from local schools and colleges to learn the skills of making great coffee. Having a barista course on your CV could be a young person’s passport to a job, especially if they are intending to travel internationally and, with the upturn in the economy, hotels, restaurants and bars are crying out for trained staff to join their ranks.”

Trade personnel are encouraged to signal their attendance at the free ‘Java Republic Ruco Coffee Launch’ event in October by booking on, with a link also available on our Facebook page. Those looking for more details about barista course bookings please e-mail: or call the Bandon office on: 023-8829986.


Above: The Java Republic delegation at a coffee plantation in Rwanda in May.


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