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Why do we roast coffee?

We’ve been roasting at Ferns for over 125 years now, in a craft that’s unchanged in that time. The roasting process brings out the aroma and flavour locked inside the green coffee beans and provides the essential elements for our different blends. Coffee beans, as bought and traded aren’t really coffee as we know them until they are roasted. The make up of the bean is the same, but the flavour we experience in a cup of coffee isn’t available until beans are ... Read More Why do we roast coffee?

6 Key Takeaways from the Deloitte Best Managed Companies Symposium 2019

As a Deloitte Best Managed Company 2019 the 2468 team got to attend the Best Managed symposium, held at Dublin’s Convention Centre last week. There we attended a range of discussions and presentations, with topics ranging from employee wellbeing to an agile mindset, from customer centricity to being an irresistible organisation. Here are 6 takeaways we took away. Diversity and collaboration are key to success The Irish Management Institute’s Simon Boucher set a context for business today which is one ... Read More 6 Key Takeaways from the Deloitte Best Managed Companies Symposium 2019

2468 Qualifies as a Deloitte Best Managed for 2019

2468 has requalified as a Deloitte Best Managed Company in the Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards programme. The company which demonstrated superior business performance for the third year was one of the companies recognised at Deloitte’s gala awards dinner in Dublin on 1 March 2019. 2468 was one of 16 companies qualifying as a Best Managed Company, originally in 2017. We successfully requalified in 2018, and now again in 2019 following a requalification process assessed by the judging panel as ... Read More 2468 Qualifies as a Deloitte Best Managed for 2019

Team makes 2468

Our team is what makes 2468. So we wanted to mark the achievement of some long service milestones by 19 team members, each of whom have been with 2468 and its acquired companies for 10 years or more. We're proud to profile some of those key team members here, whose long service we honoured recently. We’ll be introducing more over coming months as we celebrate their dedication and thank them for helping us to make it count. Our team makes us Read More Team makes 2468

Coffee at Work: Creating Connections to Foster Collaboration

Face-to-face contact releases a whole cascade of neurotransmitters and, like a vaccine, they protect you now, in the present, and well into the future, so simply [...] shaking hands, giving somebody a high-five is enough to release oxytocin, which increases your level of trust, and it lowers your cortisol levels, so it lowers your stress.Susan Pinker, author, social science columnist for the Wall Street Journal The Role of Socialisation and Social Interactions at Work We’ve been looking into the role ... Read More Coffee at Work: Creating Connections to Foster Collaboration

Saluto to National Cappuccino Day

Every coffee starts with a good espresso. And a good cappuccino requires careful attention so that the ratio of foam within the milk is just right. It’s one of the most difficult espresso-based beverages to make properly – requiring a skilled barista – or a perfectly calibrated automatic coffee machine – to get right. The perfect cappuccino (or Capucco’ in Italian slang) is made up of three distinct layers, coffee, hot milk and frothy (not dense) foam. Cappuccino is Italian ... Read More Saluto to National Cappuccino Day

Eating on the run?

Just eat real food – and don't go hungry! These key principles provide a strong foundation for well-being through nutrition, which itself is one of the 5 key contributors to a long life (the others being exercise, no smoking, sleep, controlling stress, and…love). So we learned from Dr Brendan Egan, at the first 2468 Well-being workshops for our own team in Dunboyne, Basingstoke and Warrington earlier this year. As well as being associate Professor in Health & Human Performance at ... Read More Eating on the run?