Jennifer and Tommy are mavericks. For fifteen years now they have steered Ponaire, their artisan coffee roastery, through a series of relocations, landing finally at their smart premises in Newport, Co Tipperary. At every point of their working lives, their coffees have been both singular and – most importantly – ever improving. They have been on a journey of what we might call organoleptic exploration, working to precisely identify the individual characteristics of their coffee beans and, then, deciding how best to roast the individual and how best to serve them which does justice to the excellence of their coffee farmers. Their second track of progress has been to create the lovely coffee shop in Newport, and to facilitate barista training. In this way, they complete the circle of coffee culture, from visiting the farms to demonstrating exactly how one achieves the nirvana that is a perfect cup of coffee made from perfectly grown and roasted coffee beans. Only mavericks posses the energy and vision to achieve this sort of driven excellence, but that is exactly what Jennifer and Tommy have been doing for fifteen years: chasing excellence, seeking that coffee nirvana, making our lives better.
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