Clements Coffee

Our History

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Clements is a local, independent chain of coffee shops established in 1999. We currently have 9 Clements Coffee Shops scattered throughout Belfast, conveniently located to cater for your caffeine, lunch and sweet treat needs!

We serve handcrafted coffee, made from our own unique Fairtrade espresso blend beans, great food made by our own Clements Kitchen and the tastiest tray bakes you’ll ever eat.

With our rich creamy coffee, array of homemade food and warm, welcoming environment Clements has something for everyone. Come in and indulge in our delicious Suki teas (another local company!), distinguished coffee, iced drinks and silky hot chocolate. Compliment your experience with a Clements breakfast, homemade soups, sandwiches, paninis and ciabattas.

The first Clements coffee shop opened in Donegal Square in September 1999. Clements then took over an existing coffee shop, The Ground Floor, on Stranmillis Road in December 1999. These stores were followed by Rosemary Street, Royal Avenue and Botanic Avenue.

Our 6th store on the Lisburn Road was next and we opened our 7th store in the Queen’s Student Union Building in November 2006. Clements PEC, located along the Annadale Embankment, followed in September 2008. Thereafter, we opened our largest Clements site, with seating for 180 people, in the Queen’s MBC building and our latest addition to the Clements family opened in November 2014 in Ballyhackamore.  Although our Lisburn Road branch is no longer with us, we look forward to opening a brand new site within Belfast in the near future!

Our company also operates Hope café in Queen’s McClay library, which was opened in September 2009; the Speakeasy Kitchen for delicious pub-grub in the Speakeasy bar in the Queen’s Student Union as well as our own central kitchen preparing all our savoury food items.

Clements took its name from the eccentric Pope Clements 1592-1608 as it was he who baptised coffee.

It was during Pope Clement’s reign that several coffee emporiums opened throughout Rome and as these establishments tended to be slightly seedy and filled with an after-dark temptation, the Bishops in the area approached Clements asking him to excommunicate coffee.

On hearing this request Pope Clements decided to investigate these seemingly unholy establishments and immediately became a fan of the intoxicating aroma and divine taste of the coffee.

Instead of excommunicating the drink he baptised it, deeming the black liquid to be nectar from God. Coffee is a baptised drink and to this day should always taste like nectar from the heavens!

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