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Connect Four: Dublin Cafés

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The caffeine rush from Dublin’s coffee boom has lead to an explosion in new cafes, tea-houses and hangouts that are revitalising empty buildings and becoming hubs of creativity. Here, Totally Dublin editor Ian Lamont is given the unenviable task of picking just four of those café s worth checking out.

Connect Four: Dublin Cafés

Over the last five years, a movement has been brewing that sees us increasingly turn away from the humble breakfast tea and not-so-humble multinational chains for our caffeinated kicks. These days, the boutique coffee shop is in full-blooded renaissance, inspired in part by many in the industry having spent time in Australia and New Zealand. With the 2016 World Barista Championships scheduled for Dublin City, this movement shows little sign of reaching for the brakes just yet. So forget your litre-sized chai mocha milkshake monstrosities, now those in the know pore over bean origin, blend ratios and brew techniques. Here are some of the top spots to check out around the city.

Roasted Brown

Based in spectacular first floor premises above Filmbase on Curved Street in Temple Bar, Roasted Brown is run by head barista Ferg Brown. Ferg, along with fellow barista Rob Lewis are noted for their meticulousness about every part of their brewing process, grinding, weighing, sieving – every moment is about precision. As well as their own blends, Roasted Brown has a brew bar with small quantities of a wide variety of beans from different suppliers from around the world. Sometimes the best option is just to ask the barista what they’d like to make, as the standards are so high you won’t be let down. Like any good café though, Roasted Brown is about more than coffee – there’s also the weekend brunch and daily lunchtime menus provided by Kevin ‘Gruel Guerilla’ Powell and the space itself with its two-storey windows flooding the place with light, while you percolate nicely on one of the couches.

Connect Four: Dublin Cafés


It would be ludicrous to make any kind of list of the best coffee spots in Dublin and not include 3FE, as it is in some ways is the coffee scene’s figurehead. From humble beginnings, when former financial trader Colin Harmon jacked in the suit and tie to work at a stall, then took over a nightclub during the day (Twisted Pepper, now home to the just as excellent Vice Coffee) before setting up his own flagship café on Grand Canal Street and most recently, his own roastery, 3FE has consistently headed the field in terms of Dublin coffee. 3FE is also responsible for delivering the city’s supply of Has Bean coffee to many of the great new cafés to have sprung up in recent years, including Brother HubbardKaph and Cup. 3FE offers coffee from three different farms and three different delicious sandwiches each day, as well as tasting and brewing courses at the weekend, all served by a team of dedicated and friendly baristas.

Wall & Keogh

Run by Oliver T. Cunningham, Wall & Keogh is one of the best spots to flake either in company or in blissful solitude. Predominantly known for its phenomenal array of teas of just about every variety, from Indian Darjeeling to South American Mate Yerbas and everything in between, you can find what you want by simply sniffing the lid of each jar of tea leaves! Wall & Keogh also serves its own blend of coffee, Korean style sushi, runs film nights (Portobello Picture House) and extremely intimate one-off musical events. Tea enthusiasts will also find plenty of leaves to love in South William Street’s Clement and Pekoe too.

Connect Four: Dublin Cafés

The Fumbally

About two years ago, a previously unoccupied commercial unit at the base of a block of apartments on a busy thoroughfare into the city centre was transformed by Luca D’Alfonso and Aisling Rogerson. In that transformation, the Fumbally was born. This expansive café showed just what wonderful things can happen when you merge an amazing space with dedication and imagination. The Fumbally has become a hub for those who live, work in and visit Dublin 8, and the atmosphere is never less than bubbly even on rainy weekdays. Their delicious egg-based breakfasts and brunches are a particular treat, if you can find a spare seat.