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.
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.
While it may seem like an unlikely place to find one of Dublin’s great specialty coffee shops, Joe’s Coffee can be found tucked in at the side of Arnotts Department Store next to the Liffey Street Upper entrance. It has an open plan design, so there are no doors separating the coffee shop from the rest of the store, yet once you step into the space that Joe’s Coffee have created, you no longer feel like you’re in Arnotts, rather you feel like you are somewhere else entirely. From the decor, to the music, to the general atmosphere, there is an authenticity to this coffee shop that you won’t find in other cafés located inside department stores or shopping centres.