The Coffee People...

by the Coffee People

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Our Team

These are the folk that make it all happen, experts, passionate and conscientious.

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David McKernan

Founder

David is the founder of Java Republic. He was not content with how coffee was being sourced, roasted and sold, so like a true entrepreneur, he decided to do something about it and set up his own coffee business in 1998.

David has coffee running through his veins. His world is coffee. However, in recent years he has discovered the delights of tea and is the mastermind behind our recent launch of organic Speciality Teas. David lives and breathes our values; an expert in both tea & coffee, passionate about your experience of our coffee & tea and conscientious to his core. He believes in a fair deal for all, from farmer to consumer, from
crop to cup.

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Grace O’Shaughnessy

Managing Director

Grace has been with Java Republic since January 2006. She initially joined as Operations Manager, before quickly becoming Managing Director. Before that she worked with Lir Chocolates and Kylemore Foods.

Grace is passionate about the taste of quality coffee and tea. She looks after everything at Java Republic, from crop to cup to ensure you get the best coffee and tea experience on the planet. Grace is a lover of the great tasting things in life: quality coffee, chocolate and cakes.

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Jeffrey Long

Financial Director

Jeff has been with Java Republic since the company moved to its purpose built production facility in 2008. Previously he worked in a variety of financial and operational roles with Diageo, United Beverages, Gilbeys and H&K International.

He looks after the finance and operational side of the business, from purchasing to sales processing, along with the production, service and warehouse departments. Jeff is a keen fan of the outdoors and also on big days can be found in Croke Park supporting his native Kerry.

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Sean Francis

Commercial Manager

Sean rejoined Java Republic having accumulated a wealth of knowledge in the coffee industry.

As Commercial Manager, Sean is pivotal in helping to lead the future direction of the company as well as dealing with many of our largest customers. Sean has a distinguished semi professional footballing career behind him where he used to be a leading light for a number of top League of Ireland clubs. He is a father of two and enjoys nothing more than a friendly kick around in golden oldies leagues around Leinster.

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Vini Arruda

Coffee Development Manager

Vini’s role as Coffee Development Manager; first Q Grader in Ireland, Authorised SCA Trainer (AST) Professional Barista, Brewer and Roaster, sees him ensuring that the Java Republic Roaster Company, remains at the cutting edge of what’s happening in the coffee industry. By incorporating Speciality Coffee Association standards into the company practices, Vini ensures that Java Republic maintains the highest standards of coffee education.

Vini has been associated with the SCA Irish chapter for a number of years, as both Education Coordinator and now as Judges Coordinator, contributing in shaping the future of the speciality coffee industry in Europe. He has also recently received the accreditation of Authorised SCA Trainer (AST) in Roasting – one of only two people in Ireland.

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