Meet the Roasters – Saturday 20th September


Date: Saturday 20th September 2014
Time: 6pm (sharp’ish) for 2 hours or thereabouts.

Venue: Highbank Orchard – You will also be able to sample and buy from the wonderful range of Highbank Ciders – Proper, Medieval and Drivers.

Map showing entrance to Highbank –

Link to buy tickets (only €8 to join us)


Brock Lewin, Badger And Dodo

He’s Australian. And have been chatting to him on and off pretty much since he started. Himself and Karl in Coffee Angel were at the first Foodcamp we ran with Savour Kilkenny and it was my first experience of coffee geeks. Haven’t fully recovered.

Jennifer Ryan, Ponaire

I met Jennifer in Clonmel in 2009 and discovered that her beans were fresh and tasty. Shortly after she moved to Limerick and I kinda lost track of her. This will be a catch up for me 🙂

Ferg Brown, Roasted Brown

Ferg makes lists. Like Best Coffee Shops in Dublin. He also roasts. Visit his place on Curved Street in Dublin when you are up there.


For anyone who knows about coffee the subtle mixture of art and science which brings about the perfect espresso or pour over is a thing of mystery. Each of our 3 roasters are masters of the roast. If you can’t tell who’s who in the photo above bring a copy on the night and make notes 😉

There will be tastings……

Link to buy tickets (only €8 to join us)


UPDATED 21st August to add Ferg and remove Petesy from 3FE who has moved on from being Colin’s roaster.

The background to Outstanding By Design, 10th May 2014

When I started to write Biabeag in November 2010 I quickly started to focus on a topic where my passion for great, real food and design converged – the brands and packaging which I saw every time I shopped.

So for about a year and a half I wrote regular blog posts, commissioned guest posts, reviewed books and gave talks on the topic of great artisan food packaging design.

This was and is important to me because so often I saw the obvious passion and talent of real food producers disappear when it came to their products on a shelf – lousy designs, obscure logos and confused messaging which gave no clues to the great food contained within.

I know at least part of why that happens because of my work in digital with clients – helping them through the process of website design. The lack of clarity around requirements, inability to pick relevant and good designers and no capability to manage the ongoing process all make the likely end result a source of disappointment.

Hence this day. Through 7 case studies combining food producers and designers we will find out what went right for each of them and get a sense of having a great brand/packaging in place helped increase sales and distribution.

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I’m looking forward to it :-). And having Giles Calver,  the author of the book (What is Packaging Design) which  I reviewed in 2011 there will be an added bonus.

Click here for more information on the day and lineup.