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Barista jobs surge 391% since 2012

Wednesday, 29th November, 2017 5:25pm

Cork has seen an explosion of independent coffee shops, with a large amount of chains setting up in the city too, reflecting the increased demand for coffee in the city and county.

The knock-on effect, apart from much better coffee options, are a high demand for baristas.

According to, the number of vacancies for baristas jumped 55 per cent in 2017 compared to the same period last year.

Even that jump pales in comparison when compared to the same period five years ago, in 2012, as the demand for baristas has increased by an incredible 391 per cent.

Bewley’s Café reopened in Dublin recently after a major revamp which cost €12m, an investment reflecting the huge demand for coffee in Ireland, and the increased importance of our nascent coffee culture.

Major international coffee shop chains like Starbucks, Costa and Caffè Nero have rapidly grown their presence across the country, and many indigenous coffeeshops have become established presences in Cork like Cork Coffee Roasters, Idaho Cork, Dukes Coffee Company, Filter, Union Grind and many more.

Three-quarters of Irish consumers now drink coffee on a daily basis, and seven in ten drink more than one cup a day, according to Bord Bia. Furthermore, a third of us purchase coffee outside the home every day. Recent figures from UCC Coffee Ireland suggests industry is expected to grow by a further seven per cent in the next five years.

Commenting on the figures, Christopher Paye, General Manager at, said: "Ireland has an unquenchable thirst for coffee, and figures show that businesses across the country are eager to fill vacancies for baristas.

"With Irish consumers becoming increasingly health conscious, many are now choosing coffee shops as a place to socialise as opposed to a pub or restaurant. In line with this trend, customers are taking a greater interest in how their coffee is made, and its origin, blend, roast, and presentation.

"Interestingly, as coffee shops go from strength to strength, instant coffee sales are in decline. In other words, the days of every office canteen and household kitchen having a jar of instant coffee in the cupboard appear to be becoming a thing of the past.

"Consumer tastes have evolved and this can only be good news for coffee shops, the broader hospitality sector and Ireland Inc as a whole," he said.

"Recent debate about the potential introduction of a levy on disposable coffee cups has understandably been met with some resistance by Irish coffee shops, but overall the sector appears to be in rude health. There are more cafés and coffee shops, more companies importing and distributing coffee, and more businesses supplying the equipment and machinery needed to keep Ireland’s café culture thriving, from disposable cups to coffee roasters," he added.

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