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Bean in Dingle: The brightest coffee shop on the Dingle Peninsula

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Looking up coffee shops to visit on our recent road trip to Dingle, I wasn’t expecting to find much that would grab me. I had hoped to find a nice little café where we could go to rest the legs, but if I’m being completely honest, a specialty coffee shop right in Dingle Town was not what I was expecting to find. Not only that, I was definitely not expecting to find what I think may be my favourite coffee shop that I’ve visited in Ireland to date. There is something about this coffee shop – it is simply alive with an atmosphere that makes you want to stay there all day. More than once I have considered driving all the way back to Kerry just to visit this shop again! If you’re wondering where to get coffee in Dingle, you simply can’t miss Bean in Dingle.

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And when I say you can’t miss it, I really mean it! Just look out for those bright yellow signs and you’ll know you’re there.

The coffee shop

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The first thing that struck me about Bean in Dingle, apart from the bright yellow decor, was an atmosphere that managed to be lively and homely all at once. It’s clear Bean in Dingle is a popular spot with the locals, and from their social media activity I can see that Bean in Dingle is truly part of the community. Almost every week they share posts supporting local causes and events, and they’ve even held a trad session right there in the middle of the shop.

I think it’s this community spirit that draws me to this coffee shop. In Dublin, where a lot of the specialty coffee shops are concentrated in and around the city centre, there’s less opportunity to become fully involved with community in the same way that Bean in Dingle has, and it adds an extra dimension to the personality of the shop.

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Bean in Dingle have used their space really well. There isn’t room for loads of seating, so they’ve looked for ways they can fit a number of people in without crowding the space. There’s a long high table that makes it easier for groups and individuals alike to have somewhere they can sit around. To the right as you enter are two small tables and a gorgeous wooden couch-style seat facing bright yellow chairs on the other side of the table, and the windowsill has been fitted with comfy cushions so you can sit and relax while you drink your coffee.

The walls are kitted out with the funkiest shelves I’ve ever seen and the best collection of knick knacks going, including some very cool Star Wars memorabilia. The chalk board running along the wall at the top has chalk drawings of the streets of Dingle, giving extra character to the whole place!

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The coffee

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Now, onto the coffee! The beans used in-house are roasted by Badger & Dodo, a boutique coffee roastery based in Cork. Badger & Dodo beans can be found in coffee shops across Ireland, especially in shops outside of Dublin, so it was no surprise to see these beans on offer. However, when we visited they had guest coffee roasted by Dark Arts Coffee, which I was really glad to see. The last time I saw Dark Arts was when I visited Grantham’s in Dublin, so finding it here in Dingle was a pleasant surprise!

All of Bean in Dingle’s coffees come with a double shot as standard, and in addition to the expected espresso, cappuccino, latte, americano and the like, you can have V60 filter coffee and even coffee made with an aeropress, so no matter how you like it, I’m sure Bean in Dingle have got you covered.

Tip: If you have a KeepCup, bring it on down to Bean in Dingle and get 20c off your coffee. Don’t have a KeepCup? Don’t worry! You can buy an exclusive Bean in Dingle KeepCup in store.

There’s also a food menu at Bean in Dingle, but we were still full from the fish & chips we had for lunch when we first arrived so we stuck with just the coffee. If you’re visiting Dingle and looking for a place to stop off and get some food, have a little look at the Bean in Dingle menu – there are sandwiches, as well as some very nice treats.

The verdict

I didn’t even spend that long in Bean in Dingle during my visit, but the small amount of time I did spend there has left me wanting more. If I could I’d visit all the time, I would. They have created something that’s about more than just the coffee, and that’s what makes it so special. 

If everyone leaves Bean in Dingle feeling the way I felt, then it’s no surprise that they even have tshirts and hats for sale in addition to their branded KeepCup. When I first saw them I wondered who would want a tshirt with the name of the coffee shop on it. Now I realise, that person is me. I want it. I want it all.

If you want to take a trip to Dingle to visit this great little coffee shop, then read my blog post on how you can take a road trip from Dublin to Dingle and back – all in 24 hours!

Find more coffee shops in Ireland here!

Find Bean in Dingle Online

Website:http://www.beanindingle.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beanindingle
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beanindingle/

Thank you to Sean Girton who took the last 3 photos in this post.

All coffee reviews on Byrnewithme are completely independent, my coffee was paid for by me.

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6 Comments

  • Reply Sinead

    Love this post! Next time I’m in Dingle I’ll definitely stop in here. Love all the yellow paint 💞

    September 15, 2017 at 1:10 pm
    • Reply byrnewithme

      Thanks so much Sinead! It really is a lovely spot, you should stop by 🙂

      September 15, 2017 at 2:49 pm
  • Reply Cathy

    Do you ever drink tea, your are a coffee junkie. (Nice review though)

    September 16, 2017 at 11:54 pm
    • Reply byrnewithme

      Thanks Cathy, I actually drink much more tea than coffee, but when I’m out and about I like to get my coffee made by the people who know what they’re doing!

      September 18, 2017 at 5:43 pm
  • Reply Emily

    I loved this! I have seen this place so many times in various posts and they actually buy napkins where I work funnily enough! I can’t wait until the next time I’m down in Dingle so I can try it out for myself! 🙂

    September 18, 2017 at 4:50 pm
    • Reply byrnewithme

      Thanks Emily! It’s definitely worth the visit, you can drop in and ask them how they’re finding those napkins 😉

      September 18, 2017 at 5:45 pm

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