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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 150 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, Debenhams and Penneys. In addition the company has 400+ 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. 

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, Bristol Brocklebank, Watford, Stockport and Leeds.

As well as Debenhams, Insomnia also have a partnership with leading Irish based retail business, Primark. To date Insomnia have opened in several Primark stores in Ireland including Waterford, Swords, Liffey Valley and Athlone, with further openings in the UK including 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. 


Chairman:John Clohisey
Chief Executive Officer:Harry O’ Kelly
Chief Financial Officer & Commercial Director:Barry Kehoe

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

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