3FE, standing for Third Floor Espresso, has been the pioneer of the booming Irish coffee scene. The founder and four-time Irish Barista Champion Colin Harmon, who made a radical career change from investment banking, has set an incredibly high standard in his pursuit of the perfect coffee. 3FE now roasts its own beans and is rapidly becoming a household name. In fact, their own coffee is so good that they supply two other nearby cafes, namely Brother Hubbard and Vice Coffee.
3FE, 32 Grand Canal Street Lower, Dublin 2, Ireland, +353 1 661 9329
If you’re looking for a spot of lunch to accompany that cup of coffee, The Fumbally is definitely worthy of a trip. Using only the freshest of ingredients, their food, cooked in their open-style kitchen, is delicious. The interior, decorated with peculiar pictures, antique musical instruments and mismatched couches, has a bohemian feel to it. Unusually, The Fumbally serves double shots as standard, and guest roasts often appear on the menu.
The Fumbally, Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8, Ireland, +353 1 529 8732
Some of the finest baristas in Dublin city learned their trade at Coffee Angel. They really do care about their coffee, offering an attention to detail not found in many other cafes, and serving specialty beans from Africa.
Coffee Angel, 27 Pembroke Street Lower, Dublin 2, Ireland, +353 1 969 6002
Vice attracts a diverse crowd drawn to its excellent coffee. Hosting coffee-associated events, which sometimes involve drinking the other kind of black stuff (Guinness), such as their ‘Barista Jam’ and ‘Latte Art Throwdown’, Vice has taken enthusiasm for coffee in Dublin to a whole new level. They serve some of the finest beans to be found in Europe.