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It All Started With an “Idea”… IDEE Coffee

Back in 1866, a young German merchant named Johann Joachim Darboven was the first coffee seller to offer packaged ground coffee, sending it to many households via mail order. In 1915 the brand name “IDEE” was created, and in 1927 the first IDEE coffee entered the marketplace. Its “stomach-friendly” character was the result of a new production process invented by Professor Karl Lendrich on behalf of Arthur Darboven.

IDEE Coffee quickly became the cornerstone of J.J.Darboven’s success and an integral part of its coffee philosophy that is still valid today. J.J.Darboven delivers a wide selection of super-premium coffees to the hospitality industry and retail stores. J.J.Darboven’s global headquarters are in Hamburg, Germany.

Eamonn Mongey brought this tradition to Ireland in 1989. Eamonn began the now hugely successful business by securing import rights to all of J.J. Darboven Coffee and Tea products in Ireland. He began his business, in the recession of the late 1980’s, in the back of a delivery van and quickly built up his business and his reputation as the man in the know when it comes to coffee. Traditionally, our main customers have been top hotels, Michelin star restaurants and golf clubs who recognise the quality of his products.

Today his son Graham, daughter Laura & wife Olive continue the business, and as a result the business has moved into its second generation. J.J. Darboven Ireland is now a daughter company of J.J. Darboven International, as Albert Darboven is also directly involved in the running of J.J. Darboven Ireland. Mr Darboven has been running J.J. Darboven International since he was a young boy and has over 65 years experience in the coffee industry. This unrivalled experience, advice and assistant has allowed Graham & Laura to not only take over from Eamonn, but to significantly grow the business._KAS8126

J.J. Darboven locationsJ.J. Darboven is one of the largest family owned coffee, tea & hot chocolate companies in the world. The company remains in the sole ownership of the Darboven family. J.J. Darboven has 15 subsidiaries in 9 European countries, 4 roasting houses around Europe, which roast over 40,000 tonnes of raw coffee per annum & there are more than 1,100 employees worldwide.

At J.J. Darboven we started 150 years ago to live a dream – the dream of perfect coffee enjoyment. Since that time we have concentrated on the product which entails our entire passion. We were not only able to pass on our enthusiasm to the consumers of our products, but primarily to more and more partners in all sectors of trade and gastronomy. The fact that we have been increasingly successful for so many years despite strong competition is not least attributable to our corporate philosophy. “Build and expand the relationship with customers by also offering a high degree of service and advice in addition to the best quality.” We have upheld this principle and developed a tradition from it. We ultimately owe the rise from local to international provider to this spirit of partnership, the love for coffee and generations of highly qualified and dedicated employees. But our greatest thanks still go out to you. Do not stop demanding the best from J.J. Darboven – because in this way you help us to retain the pleasure to repeatedly outdo ourselves.

J.J. Darboven Coffee Shop, and Eilles Tea Shop, Dun Laoghaire, May 2014. No fee for repro - please credit Paul Sherwood. Copyright Paul Sherwood © 2014

JJ Darboven Ireland

64 Georges Street Lower,
Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin.

+353 1 280 8898


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