In July 2017, I wrote a review of Fonté Coffee, what was then a relatively new coffee shop on Parliament Street in Dublin, right at the intersection of old and new Temple Bar. This small coffee shop, with a bright and modern design, managed to charm me with friendly staff and their tiny “secret garden”. The place seemed to have a different vibe and a different personality to other coffee shops in Dublin. The clean and crisp design of the interior combined with the warm reception you receive every time you stop by makes Fonté stand out for all the right reasons. It had been a while since that first review, so when I got an email on a Monday night about an exclusive coffee cupping event at Fonté Coffee later in week, it was a pleasant surprise. It was even more exciting when I found out not only would the founder of Fonté Coffee Roaster, Paul Odom, be there to host the cupping, but they had a really unique set of beans to share with us.
Buying a reusable coffee cup is just one of many ways we can reduce and reuse, but sometimes we need that extra little push to make sure we use it. A reusable cup discount does the trick. One of the best things about owning my own cup, aside from the number of single-use coffee cups I’ve avoided since buying it, is that I can get discounts on my coffee when I use it. You don’t need to go to a big chain to get money off – there are plenty of great, local specialty coffee shops offering discounts!
Reusable coffee cups are starting to appear everywhere. They’re on sale in lots of coffee shops, homeware shops, and food stores, and more and more people are using them on a daily basis. There’s been a lot of conversation happening around reusable cups as people are becoming aware of the impact their take-away coffees might be having on the planet.
Coffee shops have been paying attention, and you’ll find plenty of local places offering discounts to customers who bring their own cups. In Ireland, there’s been talk of introducing a ‘latte levy’, meaning an additional charge for drinks served in single-use cups. I have a feeling this conversation is only starting, and I want to share my reasons why I think everyone should own a reusable coffee cup.
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.
Fonté café bar is located on Parliament Street in Dublin 2, steps away from City Hall, a short walk from Christchurch Cathedral, and right next to Temple Bar. With so many coffee shops around Dublin these days, it can be hard to stand out. But Fonté Coffee Roasters have carved out a space that is different to all the rest, with incredible coffee, a great atmosphere and their own secret garden. What makes this coffee shop even more unique is that the only other place you can visit a Fonté Coffee shop is across the Atlantic in Seattle. This is where Fonté Coffee Roasters started and they found their way to Dublin. How glad am I that they did!
Container Coffee is the newest addition to Thomas St, right in the heart of the Guinness Brewery and just steps away from the Guinness Storehouse. When I first saw this blue container pop up on Thomas Street along my bus route, I wasn’t sure exactly what it was going to be or who it was for, but I did know I wanted to visit. It’s a strange but clever concept and after much anticipation in the few weeks before I had the chance to visit, it did not disappoint.
Shoe Lane Coffee can be found on Tara Street, right next to the colourful, newly renovated Tara Building, and down the street from the Irish Times building. You can spot it by the simple sign sticking out from the side of the shop that says the word ‘coffee’. It’s a small coffee shop, but it’s got plenty of personality, good coffee, and friendly staff.