Artisan producer Coney Island Coffee has invested almost half a million pounds in new equipment and a relaunch of its brand and products. The move will see it more widely available in a range of outlets across Ireland as well as through its online store and subscription service.
The company – formerly called Cinema Coffee Project – has acquired a state-of-the-art Giesen roaster and associated equipment for its Lurgan roastery, and has invested significantly to create its new brand, in training and development, and in new 100% compostable and recyclable packaging.
Led by Annie David, commercial director, and Niamh McAliskey, operations manager, the company is a sister business of Lurgan-based Spadetown Brewery. It was acquired by entrepreneurs Patrick McAliskey and Martin Dummigan in 2021.
Coney Island Coffee produces small batch roasted coffee, expertly adjusted roast by roast to extract the very best from each bean, using responsibly sourced green beans. The brand is named after Coney Island, which is situated just off the south shore of Lough Neagh.
The firm’s customers include Avoca, which is hosting a launch event for the new brand on Saturday 8th April in Belfast. Currently available in some of Avoca’s leading stores, the brand is set to be rolled out across Avoca’s estate, with the brand aiming to double turnover with the retailer.
Coney Island’s new products include a Signature Espresso Blend, a Single Origin Nicaraguan, a Single Origin Guatemalan, and a Limited Edition 200 Fermented Single Origin Colombian Speciality Coffee.
Annie David says that the team is focused on bringing the finest coffees to a wider market.
“We’re super excited to be launching the new brand. We’ve been working hard to make sure it aligns with our aim of connecting with the community, environment, suppliers and customers.
“The investment and rebrand reflects growth plans, and customers will start to see Coney Island Coffee products more widely available in leading retailers across Ireland over the months ahead. We will also be opening our subscription model to an even wider range of customers.
“A big part of our ethos will be to continue sourcing and roasting the best coffee beans available and doing good in the Lurgan area by investing in our local community and helping create new jobs,” she adds.”
The firm is also launching a number of complimentary product ranges alongside the brand relaunch to include hot chocolate, Monin coffee syrups, The Fine Cookie Company cookies and Miss American Pie Cookies.