Patterson describes Established Coffee, set in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, as “the driving force behind third-wave coffee in our capital city”. When owners Bridgeen Barbour and Mark Ashbridge put their savings into opening a coffee shop in 2013, business was stalled by a paramilitary bomb two blocks away – not your usual new business concern, but one that didn’t deter the determined pair, or the Belfast locals who continued to come in great numbers. The brightly lit, minimalist concrete space has a chic industrial feel, but the vibe is anything but sterile. The focal point is a large communal table which is always full, giving the shop a real community feel. Although the complicated list of coffees may at first seem intimidating, the baristas are always happy to chat about their drinks and recommend the right one for you. Visit after 3pm on a Sunday for the “Pie and Drip” – a new, freshly baked pie every week paired with a complementary, single-origin drip coffee from a guest roaster. For any other time, opt to soak up your coffee with the perfectly spiced cinnamon bun.