Cork Airport is officially the first airport in Ireland to roast its own coffee beans after opening a new sustainable café concept called Blue Bird Coffee Roasters.
Opened by KSG Catering in the check-in area, the contemporary cafe champions sustainable initiatives.
Using ethically-sourced speciality grade coffee beans direct from Columbia, the coffee is roasted daily and stored on-site in reusable sealed containers, lowering its transport carbon footprint.
All disposable packaging offered on the premises – including cups, lids, straws and cutlery – are compostable and bio-degradable, while crockery is set as the default option to help reduce the generation of waste packaging.
It is the second Blue Bird Coffee Roasters to open in Ireland and the first outside of Dublin.
Brian Gallagher, head of aviation and commercial business development at Cork Airport, said: “We take our sustainability commitment very seriously, and this year we signed a landmark commitment to become net zero for our carbon emissions by 2050 at the latest. Blue Bird Roastery Café’s sustainable model works in tandem with this, with a focus on waste reduction and segregation, reducing general waste and in turn increasing recycling.”
KSG’s Blue Bird Coffee Roasters replaces the offering from the company’s Refuel Café at the Airport, which operated at the transport hub for over six years. Former staff have moved across to the new concept and received training on making the perfect cup of speciality coffee.
The new spacious coffee house offers a diverse menu with a broad range of breakfast options and snacks along with signature sandwiches, healthy rice bowls and salads.