5 Must-Live Areas For Coffee Lovers
If you’re an avid coffee drinker and can taste your way through bean origins, roasting methods or have even dabbled with cold drip, then having serious coffee on offer is a must when considering where to buy.
With that in mind we have sipped our way through the best (and worst) on offer, to save you the hassle. So here they are, the top 5 areas to live for coffee connoisseurs:
1. Two Boys Brew – Phibsborough, Dublin 7
It’s hard to go past this café in the heart of Dublin 7, with hipster-divine down to perfection. You know you’ve entered a safe space where intricate coffee discussions will be celebrated.
A place where coffee has a dedicated column on the menu and choices include Pour Over from Kenya or Batch Brew from Ethiopia.
Flavour hints such as creamy plum, rosewater and redcurrants encourage the coffee to be consumed black to test your true level of coffee expertise. If you do prefer to add milk there’s soya, almond and oat alternatives on offer.
If all that coffee works up an appetite, the menu is equally as appealing, with separate menus for the weekend vs weekdays.
Personal favourites include the Avo Smash with vibrant beetroot hummus or on the weekend, a Creole Chicken burger with spiced chicken thigh, lime & cashew slaw on a brioche bun.
2. Urbanity – Smithfield, Dublin 7
Taking a Nordic approach to both the interior and coffee, Urbanity is serious about coffee.
They source green, fair trade coffee beans from Oslo and roast it themselves. Having perfected the roasting process, it allows for the full flavour of the bean to develop.
The nice thing about fair trade is the farmers are paid a fair price and in return maintain a very high standard. So you know that not only does your coffee taste delicious but it has been ethically sourced too.
When it comes to the tasty counterparts to a complex brew, how can you go past Guacamole and refried beans with watermelon radish on sourdough? That’s an all-day breakfast delight! There’s something for everyone from Acai bowls to Haloumi sandwiches.
- Arbour Hill
Average Price for Dublin 7 in 2018: €379,000
3. Ebb&Flow Coffee – Clontarf, Dublin 3
Warm and welcoming with a focus on coffee quality, Ebb&Flow uses speciality coffee. True coffee savants know this means a score of 80 points or higher out of 100 when grading the coffee.
If you don’t always have time to visit your local caffeine fix, you can take home this high graded coffee with bags for sale at the cafe. Take a trip around the world with bean origin changing seasonally, including Peru and Tanzania.
What’s better than speciality coffee? Coffee and cake obviously! Pair your delicious blend with a homemade or locally sourced treat.
Average Price for Dublin 3 in 2018: €482,000
4. Reference Coffee – Portobello, Dublin 8
Irish brewing champion, Brian O’Keefe and world-class chef Kevin Powell are behind Reference Coffee, found next door to the popular Meet Me In The Morning, which they also own.
A clear focus on coffee quality, they offer La Cabra, a French coffee as well as showcasing coffee beans from all over the world. Brewed to perfection by a team of talented baristas, this cosy take away spot is the perfect fly-by for your morning coffee needs.
If you’d like to sit in and order food, you certainly can at sister café Meet Me In The Morning. From freshly baked doughnuts to pumpkin fritters with whipped ricotta and haloumi.
- St Stephens Green
Average Price Dublin 8 in 2018: €378,000
5. Bear Market – Blackrock
Celebrating an ethos that an amazing cup of coffee is as much about the flavour as it is the location where you drink it. Bear Market has been lovingly crafted to embrace coffee lovers, not coffee snobs.
They welcome any coffee-based discussion so if you’re looking for like-minded individuals then you’ve found your safe haven. Perfect for catching up with friends or enjoying every sip over a good book.
The founders architectural backgrounds are clear as soon as you step in the door, with handmade furniture and copper accents.
Transport yourself to Kenya, Papua New Guinea, Honduras or Colombia with an international array of bean origin, roasted and brewed to perfection at Bear Market. Shop in store or online to keep your own cupboards stocked full of Bear Market beans.
- Dun Laoghaire
Average Price Blackrock in 2018: €759,000
Living locally to your favourite bean blends provides a safe space for lengthy conversation behind the art and science of coffee, daily palette testing for flavour hints and bean origin plus a warm, caffeine hit just a stroll away.