Meet our Irish Suppliers

September 04, 2012

Here at Insomnia, we’re proud to be an indigenous 100% Irish owned coffee company. It is part of our strategy and customer promise to source locally where possible. That is why we would like you to meet our Irish Suppliers! Enjoy!

Week 1: MEET Jorg Muller

Jörg Müller, Solaris Herbal Tea from Galway.

Jörg Müller is a qualified Medical Herbalist (BSc) based in Galway. Jörg started to blend herbal teas 10 years ago and developing high quality organic herbal whole leaf tea blends has become more than a hobby since. All teas are blended and packed in Ireland. Amongst other prizes, Solaris has won 12 Great Taste Awards.

It is clear that Solaris Tea at Insomnia is anything but your ordinary cup of tea.

Find out more about Solaris Tea in our news post here, or on their website or Facebook page.

Week 2: Meet Ciara Byrne

Ciara Byrne, Sweet Things bakery from Smithfield Dublin.

“I have come a long way from baking mud pies in my playhouse to baking in my own bakery “Sweet Things” in Smithfield. I am proud to run this little bakery where myself, Ian, and our team of busy bees spend our days dreaming up new recipes.”

Sweet Thing’s raw materials are sourced locally where possible. Their fruit comes from Smithfield market and Tolka eggs keeps their egg store full.
Sweet Things bake to order for Insomnia. Ciara’s day starts at 4am, so that when you nip into Insomnia for your morning coffee their carrot cake, pecan slice and other Sweet Things treats are ready and waiting for you at their best!

Find out more about Sweet Things in our news post here, or on her blog.

Week 3: Meet the Keoghs

Keogh’s Crisps are made from 100% Irish potatoes grown and cooked on the Keogh family farm in North Co. Dublin. For 200 years the Keogh family have turned the craft of potato growing into an art. A new generation of the Keogh family now cooks Ireland’s finest Crisps with love using their home grown potatoes.



From Crop to Crisp and then straight to Insomnia!

Trace your bag of crisps back to the exact field they came from with the Spud Nav on!

Find out more about Keogh’s Crisps in our news post here, or on their website or Facebook page.

Week 4: Meet Bernard and Barry Broderick

This week we’re proud to introduce to you: Barry and Bernard Broderick; Broderick’s Bars, Walkinstown, Dublin.

Barry & Bernard are the proud Broderick Brothers who began making and baking together in their mummy’s, Ina’s kitchen in Dublin many years ago. Although possessing extraordinary talent in the kitchen the bickering brothers are never too far away from blowing a fuse off one another!

But there is one thing the unlikely Irish duo can agree upon – their delectable Insomnia Broderick bars teamed with a 100% Fairtrade Insomnia Coffee are a perfect match!

Find out more about Broderick’s in our news post here, or on their website or Facebook page.


Week5: Meet the original Irish Water – Ballygowan

Ballygowan Natural Mineral Water, launched in 1981, is Irelands original and favourite bottled water.

Ballygowan is bottled in Newcastlewest, Co Limerick, a state-of-the-art facility dedicated solely to Ballygowan (the entrance to the bottling plant pictured on the left). The Ballygowan source, discovered by the Knights Templar 800 years ago and originally known as St Davids Well, is deep beneath the picturesque Castle Demesne in the town.  Atlantic rain falls on luscious fields and takes over 750 years to filter through calcium-enriched limestone to join our source underground.  They draw this naturally pure water and put it straight into the bottle.

Ballygowan is a founding member and proud supporter of Love Irish Food and available in Insomnia High Steet stores.

Week 6: Meet Mark Butler and Neville O’ Boyle

KeyWaste is one of Irelands leading waste management and recycling companies. Established in 2005 by Mark Butler and Neville O’Boyle KeyWaste provides innovative recycling and waste collection services for all our stores throughout Ireland. KeyWaste employs over 45 staff and operates 25 vehicles.

KeyWaste started business with a unique product called the BabySkip skip bag. The product was the first of its kind in Ireland, and is now sold through a network of over 400 DIY stores nationwide.

KeyWaste have been working with us since 2010, providing waste management and recycling services to our stores throughout Ireland. We segregate three waste streams including food, recyclables and general waste. Over 65% of waste produced is segregated in store and recycled.

Find out more about Keywaste on their website or Facebook page.

Week 7: Meet John Flahavan

This week we’re proud to introduce to you: John Flahavan from Flahavan’s, “Ireland’s favourite porridge oats”, our porridge oats supplier.

Flahavan’s is a family business that has been milling quality oats for 200 years at the family mill in Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford. Today’s generation is the sixth of the Flahavan family to run the business, one of the oldest private family-owned food companies in Ireland with John Flahavan as Chairman of the company.

A bowl of Flahavan’s every morning provides a nutrient-rich, low-fat and low calorie breakfast that tastes simply delicious. Flahavan’s products are free from artificial colours and additives and are made from 100% wholegrain oats. Flahavan’s porridge is packed with flavour and is the ideal healthy breakfast cereal choice providing energy for the day ahead.

Flahavan’s Porridge is available at Insomnia high street stores. Flahavan’s is proud to support Love Irish Food.

Find out more about Flahavan’s Porridge Oats on the Flahavan’s website here or facebook page here.

Week 8: Meet Maurice Power

Maurice Power started work as a pastry chef as a teenager and having qualified at Advanced Pastry through Cathal Brugha St he went on to work in some of Irelands top Restaurants like Les Freres Jacques and The Grey Door Restaurant. After travelling and working abroad for a number of years he returned to Ireland where he began selling his own produce through Mother Redcaps, the café scene in Dublin was starting off and due to the huge demand for his products he decided to start off SoulFood Ltd with his partner Ciara Roche.

SoulFood Ltd deliver to Insomnia stores 7 days a week a range of fresh Patisserie, Breads and Confectionary items. They aim to present to Insomnia customers the highest freshest quality possible on a daily basis  whilst continuously creating new products to help establish Insomnia as the premium coffee chain in Ireland.

Week 9: Meet Tim Rooney

Surf Seeds “the coolest new snack food on the planet” are now available for just €1 in all our stores. Surf Seeds received a huge increase in recognition and sales following its appearance on Dragons Den, with our own Chairman Bobby Kerr. The Dragons negotiated the top investment for Surf Seeds.

This new tasty snack food is now becoming a favourite of those who have a healthy active lifestyle. Surf Seeds combines natural sunflower seeds with chocolate covered seeds to give a fantastic tasting snack as well as being high in Vitamins B, C & E, Omegas, Selenium, Iron and many other health giving properties. Surf Seeds are seeing a big demand at this time of the year as the population swing back into work and school and healthy eating.

Founder Tim Rooney said it’s great to see so many Irish people snack away from the herd.

Find out more about Surf Seeds on their website or Facebook page.

Week 10: Meet Ciara Troy

Ciara Troy, Oishii Foods Ltd. from Smithfield, Dublin.

I set up Oishii Foods in 2006 because I wanted to share my love of Japanese food with a wider audience. Out of our kitchen in Smithfield we make a variety of delicious sushi & Japanese salads – we love to innovate and try new combinations but whatever we make, our focus is always on using the best quality ingredients and to keep our products as fresh as possible. We are delighted to be working with Insomnia and to have the opportunity to create an exclusive range to suit their outlets. Oishii means delicious in Japanese, we hope you enjoy our products and think they are ‘oishii’ too! Ciara – Ciara Troy, Managing Director.

Find out in which stores Sushi is available and about our sushi range here. Find out more about Oishii Foods Ltd on their website or Facebook page.

Week 11: Meet Fred en Julie Lumley

Lumleys bakery: Brother and Sister, Fred and Julie Lumley are our 5th generation bakers from Tullamore. Baking in Dublin since the 1980’s.

They make the most fantastic bespoke Artisan Pastries and Breads for Insomnia Cafes.

Go on, try their Florentine and a Latte…Just Heaven.

Find out more about Lumley’s Bakery on their Facebook page here.



Like us on Facebook and participate in the competitions posted on our Facebook page in September and October to be in with a chance to win free Irish Supplier Goodies. Good luck!


Try our Solaris Tea, Carrot Cake, Keogh’s Crisps and Broderick Bars for free by registering your Insomnia ZAPA tag. Register your ZAPAtag including your e-mail address & mobile phone number to be included in the free trial (click here to go to the registration page). You have to tap at least once in any of our stores in the past six months to be included and you should opt in to receive messages from Insomnia. One ZAPA tag per customer only

Register your ZAPAtag before:

– September 2nd to receive a coupon on your Insomnia ZAPAtag to try a Solaris Tea for free.
– September 9th to receive a coupon on your Insomnia ZAPAtag to try a slice of Carrot Cake for free.
– September 16th to receive a coupon on your Insomnia ZAPAtag to try a Keogh’s Crisps for free.
– September 23rd to receive a coupon on your Insomnia ZAPAtag to try a Broderick’s Bar for free.

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