Coffee chain’s plans blown away by storm

Bear Market Coffee had planned to open its fourth Dublin store on Monday

Ruth and Stephen Deasy, owners of Bear Market Coffee. Photograph: Orla Murray/SON Photo

Ruth and Stephen Deasy, owners of Bear Market Coffee. Photograph: Orla Murray/SON Photo

 

Coffee shop business Bear Market Coffee was established in recession but it couldn’t see off the latest storm for the planned opening of its latest outlet.

The company had pencilled in Monday for the opening of its fourth store.

But with the former hurricane Ophelia bearing down, and people being urged to stay at home amid a red weather warning, the group was forced to postpone the opening ofthe outlet on Dublin’s Pembroke Street, if only for a day.

The chain was established in Blackrock market in 2013 by husband and wife team Stephen and Ruth Deasy, who met as architecture students at DIT.

They graduated in 2009 in the midst of the recession but decided not to emigrate. Instead, they established Bear Market Coffee.

“The name Bear Market Coffee was born out of the recession,” says Ruth. “The term, which represents a slow downturn in the market, reflects our experience of starting our business during the recession. The name is part of who we are. People identify with it and it is also one of the reasons why customers love our brand.”

In addition to its flagship Blackrock shop, the company has coffee shops at the IFSC and George’s Court and employs 30 baristas.