In September 2011, after 3 years of searching and saving, we opened our first stand-alone cafe on Lower Grand Canal Street in Dublin 2. The premises is spread over three floors with a basement kitchen, ground floor shop and a first floor office/training room. We run tasting courses, trainings, brew classes and corporate events. We also do coffee consultancy for machine manufacturers, tastings for corporate groups, and pretty much anything that involves coffee.
As well as running the shops, we’ve managed to keep fairly involved in coffee competitions of all kinds. I (Colin Harmon) have been fortunate enough to win the Irish Barista Championships on three occasions and have finished 4th, 4th and 3rd in the World Barista Championships. We’ve also had latte art champions, a brewers cup champion, and even a Slovakian barista champion amongst our staff and although these are individual awards, there’s always a collective effort behind them.