From IT to brewing . . . now Patrick is smelling the espresso

Gary McDonald Enterprise Editor

January 28, 2022 01:00

THE former head of modern tech firm Novosco, who bought for hundreds of thousands after which invested in a Co Armagh brewery, is abruptly smelling the espresso . . .

Patrick McAliskey has joined buddies Vernon Fox and Martin Dummigan to pursue a shared ardour and purchase Cinema Espresso, which was based in 2013 as a micro roastery in an deserted movie show in Lurgan.

They’ve simply acquired the enterprise from founder Laura Chambers, and have bold funding plans over the subsequent two years.

It contains relocating the roastery – whose clients embody Avoca, unbiased retailers like Sawers in Belfast, and a spread of main espresso homes – to a purpose-built roastery in Lurgan, growing its capability by 600 per cent within the course of.

Cinema Espresso sustainably sources prime quality espresso beans from all over the world and roasts them in small batches for patrons, and along with commerce clients, it has a loyal base of espresso lovers who purchase its beans on-line.

And Patrick, a passionate runner, has additionally now demonstrated to resurrect the north’s main sequence of 10km operating races after a three-year hiatus, with Cinema Espresso turning into the brand new title sponsor of the 17-race sequence.

The Cinema Espresso 10k Grand Prix, coordinated by ChampionChip Eire, will function an enhanced £10,000 prize fund for people and groups and can get beneath method with the Jimmy’s 10k in Downpatrick on March 13 (full race particulars at

The prize construction for the Cinema Espresso 10k Grand Prix contains money prizes for the highest two runners within the under-35s class in addition to prizes for the general quickest female and male opponents.

These are along with the money prizes awarded to the highest 25 finalists within the sequence and race-day bonuses awarded to the highest three runners throughout the end line.

Earlier this 12 months Patrick, Vernon and Martin introduced plans to open a brewery and distillery in Lurgan as a part of an preliminary funding of greater than £2 million

Spadetown brewery, based mostly at Silverwood industrial property started buying and selling not too long ago, and Lough Neagh Distillers is anticipated to open later this 12 months.

Patrick mentioned: “We purchased Cinema Espresso from founder Laura Chambers, who has created a terrific model, based on sustainably sourcing and roasting top-quality espresso in small batches.

“A giant a part of our ethos shall be to proceed sourcing and roasting the perfect espresso beans accessible and doing good within the Lurgan space by investing in our area people.”

He added: “Runners are mad about espresso, and Cinema Espresso is mad about operating. So it is a unbelievable partnership that helps Cinema Espresso promote its model to potential clients and permits us to assist the Grand Prix get again to the place it needs to be, as a agency fixture within the operating calendar in Northern Eire.

“We’re actually excited in regards to the Grand Prix this 12 months, which presents a really enticing prize fund and the possibility to compete in opposition to a variety of runners throughout talents.”

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