An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visits LEADER funded Badger and Dodo

Avondhu Blackwater Partnership would like to congratulate Brock Lewin and his wife Claire Cliffe-Lewin, owners of Badger & Dodo Boutique Coffee Roasters, and their family, on the recent visit by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the company of Cork East Fine Gael candidate Pa O’Driscoll to their roaster near Fermoy on August 1st. Avondhu Blackwater Partnership supported Brock and Claire in the development of their artisan coffee roasting business, Badger & Dodo, in 2013.

The company has grown from a workforce of 3 in 2013 to a 14 strong present day workforce and supplies over 200 owner run cafés around Ireland. The owner Brock commented “It’s been quite an amazing journey for the whole company. The assistance from Avondhu Blackwater Partnership allowed us to grow and deal with demand.” In 2018 the coffee roasters began to source their coffee directly from farmers in South America and brought produce directly into the Port of Cork, Brexit proofing the business and providing more work for Irish companies.

Their success demonstrates how LEADER assistance is proving its worth in rural Ireland to support communities and enterprises to achieve their aims and objectives and enhance the sustainable economic growth of our area.  Valerie Murphy CEO of Avondhu Blackwater Partnership commented “I am delighted to see a local enterprise project we supported going from strength to strength. The achievements of Badger & Dodo are a fabulous example of the success of Rural Development Programmes. Indeed, a most enterprising couple and a tremendous enterprise.”

Cllr. Cllr Noel McCarthy, Fermoy, Brock Lewin, Owner of Badger & Dodo, Irish Artisan Coffee Roasters, based in Fermoy, Co. Cork, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Valerie Murphy, CEO of Avondhu Blackwater Partnership, Sean Hegarty, Kilworth, and Pa O’Driscoll, The Fine Gael General Election candidate for Cork East, during An Taoiseach’s visit to Badger & Dodo, as part of his trip to the Cork East constituency.
Picture: John Hennessy
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