Words by Michelle Hanley
October 1st, 2017
Ireland has caught the coffee bug, and no better time to try out a premium cup of Joe than on International Coffee Day! Scroll down to see our curated list of specialist cafés for those dedicated to the craft of coffee.
It is little wonder that the couple behind this stunning coffee house in the heart of Blackrock, Co. Dublin, met while studying architecture. However, this industrial shell plays second fiddle to their nutty but sweet house blend, made of Colombian and Guatemala beans.
Set up by Bridgeen Barbour and Mark Ashbridge in December 2013, Established was ahead of the curve in the Irish coffee scene. Found in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, they mostly source their beans from 3FE but branch out with guest blends from Heart Roasters (Portland, Oregon) to Workshop Coffee (London, UK).
This artisan drive-through coffee shop was the brainchild of Sydney native Kiz Williams who, along with her partner Jonny Dawson, is brightening up the mornings of commuters in Windy Arbour, one cup at a time.
Set up by the coffee connoisseur behind Roasted Brown, Ferg Brown, this minimalist café is the third venture after his café found in Filmbase and the micro-roastery in Delgany, Co Wicklow. Tucked under the railway bridge of Talbot Street, Laine, My Love is a welcome stop off point just a stone’s throw from Connolly Station.
This South William Street institution specialises in loose leaf tea and stand-out coffee. They stock a staggeringly huge range of coffee blends from all over the globe and have a small but cosy shop where you can splash out on specialist coffee-making equipment or revel in a spot of people watching on the bench outside.
Found on the quays along the River Lee, Filter is raising the bar of the coffee scene in County Cork. Their latest blends come from Bailies Coffee Company including the Guatemalan Culpan and the Ethiopian Hunkute.
Brock ‘The Badger’ Lewin set up shop on his father-in-law’s (also known as ‘The Dodo’) farm in Fermoy, Co. Cork, and has quickly become one of the nation’s favourite coffees, thanks to the hard work of their 30kg roaster known as ‘Dr. O’. Their coffee shop in Galway is not to be missed!
Colin Harmon’s commitment to coffee is unlike any other. After quitting his job in finance, he set up a pop-up in Wigwam (then the Twisted Pepper) on Abbey Street in 2009 and caused an immediate stir. Growing from strength to strength, 3FE stands apart in terms of quality and flavour.
Not just nationwide, this blend is a steal and is made from Arabica beans from Brazil and Colombia, with hints of gingerbread and white chocolate. Their Eversys machines make the closest thing to barista style coffee to ever come out of a machine!
To celebrate International Coffee Day, Nespresso is launching a Limited Edition BARISTA coffee range including the Chiaro for Cappuccinos, the Scuro for Espresso Macchiatos and Corto for Ristrettos.
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