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Insomnia Coffee Company is Ireland’s leading independent premium coffee chain.

We have grown from a single location in a Galway bookstore 1997 to an estate of 140 coffee shops across high street and through partnerships with SPAR and Eurospar in addition to other Irish Retailers such as Eason, Fresh, Meadows & Byrne, An Post, Heatons, Compass Catering, Debenhams and Penneys. In addition the company has 300+ self-service units in operation, both in Ireland and the UK.

In 2003 the company merged with the gourmet sandwich company, Bendini & Shaw, to combine a quality food offering with its hot beverage range. In 2005 the Insomnia acquired the Perk cafes. The company is owned equally by Bobby Kerr (Chairman), Harry O’Kelly (CEO) and John Clohisey.

In April 2012, the Insomnia High street franchise was launched and the process of recruiting new franchise owners began with a target of opening 15 franchise stores in 5 years. The first franchise store was opened in 2013, with additional franchise stores already in the pipe line. 

2015 saw the announcement of an exciting new partnership with leading international retailer, Debenhams. The first store opened at Debenhams in the Mahon Point Shopping Centre, Cork. The Cork store was followed promptly by the first UK outlet opening in Rugby, with further openings in Bradford, Cardiff and Bristol.

As well as Debenhams, Insomnia have also confirmed a partnership with leading Irish based retail business, Primark. To date, there are 6 Insomnia @ Primark stores, the first three coming in Ireland in Waterford, Swords, and Athlone. These store openings were followed by an aditional three UK stores in Bromley, Reading and Oxford Street.

We have one simple philosophy; that you get the best cup of coffee, in whichever format you choose, every time you visit our stores. Quality and Innovation are at the core of this philosophy. From the Fairtrade coffee we serve, to the handcrafted technique we use to make every single cup. Change is good and we like to see the word 'new' in our stores regularly. We have an appetite for innovation, whether that's new flavours, new technologies or new stores, we are always looking for new ways to surprise and delight. 

KEY EXECUTIVES

Chairman:Bobby Kerr
Chief Executive Officer:Harry O’ Kelly

Head Office:
Insomnia Head Office,
1st Floor, Cunningham House,
130 Francis Street,
Dublin 8,
Ireland

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