Irish Cup Tasters 2019 – Meet our Sponsors

Without our fantastic sponsors, we would never be able to run such successful events and competitions. 

Cloud Picker Coffee Roastery

Cloud Picker was established in 2013 by Frank Kavanagh & Peter Sztal. Having worked in graphic design and corporate banking respectively, they decided to take the leap and open up their own coffee roastery. The name Cloud Picker came from a trip to Northern Thailand where they visited a coffee farm in the Doi Chang area on the Thai / Burma border and went up through the clouds to see the coffee pickers!

Cloud Picker is Dublin City’s first micro coffee roastery, located on Sheriff Street. Here they hand roast their coffee to order on the esteemed Giesen roaster. Borne from passion, curiosity and the quest to create a unique coffee product for the Irish market. Their café is in Science Gallery on Pearse Street and also wholesale to cafés and restaurants around the city and nationwide. Cloud Picker are uber excited to be opening the door of their first high street cafe on Pearse before Easter and hope you’ll all come visit!
For Cloud Picker, it’s very important for them to know where their coffee is grown, the conditions of the farms and how the coffee pickers are treated. To do this, they travelled to origin and in 2013 went to Brazil and met with Felipe & Marcos Croce of FAF Coffees and in 2014 we went to El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala. Here they met with farmers such as Emilio Lopez of Cuatro M cafés. Since this, they have been importing from their farms. It is through this work that Cloud Picker aim for build longterm relationships while also further ensuring they receive top quality green coffee.

This is the second National competition that we’ve worked with Cloud Picker on, and many of you will remember what a great weekend was had there at the 2016 Irish Brewers Cup Championship. For the Irish Cup Tasters 2019, Cloud Picker have opened the doors of their roastery and provided us with their beautiful space, their resources, enthusiasm and energy to host the competition. They have also sourced and roasted all of the competition coffee our competitors will be slurping on Saturday.  We are so thrilled to partner with them in this years competition.
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Marco Beverage Systems

Marco Beverage Systems Ltd are one of the leading hot water delivery companies in the world. This Irish company specialises in providing hot water systems, coffee brewers and tea brewers for savvy brew enthusiasts around the globe and theres no doubt you will have seen them in use in many of your favourite cafes throughout Ireland, because of their consistency and reliability when working in a busy environment.

We are delighted to have Marco as one of the sponsors of  the Irish Cup Tasters 2019. Marco provide all of the brewing equipment and hot water systems for the competition each year, and on the day will be behind the scenes, brewing up all of the competition coffee.
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In the ’60s, Heinz Hankammer founded the company BRITA, inspired by his daughter’s name. The idea behind it: to optimise tap water and in 1970, Brita launched the first water filter jug. As any good barista will know that the secret to a great coffee is using great water, with the standard cup of cup is made up of between 90 – 98 percent water, making it the most important ingredient in brewing. Elements in water can influence your coffee’s taste, consistency and appearance. Brita now produce an entire range of filters, specifically for use in coffee shops and for brewing coffee.The result: water that tastes cleaner and fresher and aids in the brewing process.

We are delighted to have Brita as one of our sponsors for the Irish Cup Tasters 2019.
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Urnex Brands, LLC, originally the Royal Urn Bag Company, was founded in 1936 to help the roasters and brewers in Manhattan deliver delicious coffee to demanding customers.

Urnex has come a long way since then, but their products have always represented the highest standards of quality, consistency, and effectiveness. Urnex pride themselves on their long history as a manufacturing organisation and the close relationships of trust and communication they have built with their customers around the world. Creating products based on proprietary formulas developed through an intimate understanding of coffee equipment allows Urnex to offer a solution for every brewing need.

We are delighted to have Urnex as one of our sponsors for the Irish Cup Tasters 2019.
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