7 Days of AeroPress - Day 7 - Meet our Competitors (pt.3)

 
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Craig Walsh
1) Briefly tell us about yourself.
My name is Craig, I live in Bray and I've been working in 3fe since 2013. I'm now responsible for equipment and machine sales in 3fe.

2) Have you ever entered a coffee competition before?
I entered my first competition in 2012, the Irish Barista Championship. I'd only been working in coffee for a few weeks so naturally I didn't do too good. In 2014, I came second place in the Irish AeroPress Championship, but my biggest success in coffee competitions was in 2015, when I came first in the Coffee Throwing Championship. 

3) What is your favourite thing about the Aeropress?
Easy to use and travel. easy to store. cheap

4) If you could have any coffee superpower, what would it be?
The power to automatically dose coffee.. 

5) What coffee producing country would you most like to visit and why?
I'd visit Costa rica. We've worked with some amazing farms in Costa Rica and I'd love to visit one farm in particular, Farami de Dota, which provide us with spectacular coffee every year. 

6) If you were trapped on a desert island, what 3 things would you bring?
A TV, dvd player and boxset of friends.

7) Describe yourself in 3 words.
Competitive, competitive and competitive.


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Moyses Allem
1) Briefly tell us about yourself.
My name is Moyses Allem. I'm from Brazil. I have been working with coffee for about 14 years, in London, Brazil and Ireland. Currently working in Dukes Coffee Co in Cork city.

2) Have you ever entered a coffee competition before?
It's not my first time. I participated in some coffee competitions in London and Ireland. Some went really well, others not so much, but always having fun!!!!

3) What is your favourite thing about the Aeropress?
I think it is easy and practical to use. It's never been my favourite method of brewing, but practicing I was surprised with the results that you can achieve!

4) If you could have any coffee superpower, what would it be?
I would make good coffee grow in any weather conditions or altitude, so I could have a coffee plant in my backyard!!!

5) What coffee producing country would you most like to visit and why?
I would love to go to Ethiopia, the begining off the coffee history!

6) If you were trapped on a desert island, what 3 things would you bring?
A good coffee, a hammock and a boat!

7) Describe yourself in 3 words.
Focused, friendly, calm


Luke Dowling
1) Briefly tell us about yourself.
My name is Luke Dowling and I've been working in the Irish coffee industry for over 4 years now. I've done everything from working in the busiest café in Ireland, to roasting, to competing at the national level while working with some of the best Baristas in the business. Currently I'm plying my trade with CoffeeAngel after taking a break from the coffee world and rediscovering the love I always had for coffee.

2) Have you ever entered a coffee competition before?
I took part in the 2014 Irish Barista Latte Art Competition. I didn't place where I wanted, but I was very happy with my performance. 

3) What is your favourite thing about the Aeropress?
Its portable, easy to use, and most importantly; there are dozens of ways to adjust the taste of your coffee- whether it be inverted or regular that most other brewing methods don't possess.

4) If you could have any coffee superpower, what would it be?
I would love to have the ability to roast coffees by holding the beans in my hands! I would be able to roast my own coffee, in my own hands, at my convenience! Saving money would be a bonus!!!

5) What coffee producing country would you most like to visit and why?
I would love to visit Peru and sit drinking some fine coffee while looking over The Sacred Valley at Machu Picchu!

6) If you were trapped on a desert island, what 3 things would you bring?
A good knife, flint and a survival book... I'm going to need it!! Hopefully by some stroke of luck there are coffee plants on the islands and I could at the very very worst make my own coffee somehow!!!

7) Describe yourself in 3 words.
Crazy, Random, Ridiculous


Natalia Biss
1) Briefly tell us about yourself.
Hi guys!
Polish girl trying to get used to life in Ireland for 6 months now, Barista in Coffeeangel, "extract more" friendly and dogs friendly -> well that's me-Natalia; still asking myself what I'm doing in Ireland! So far, I'm super happy to be here!

2) Have you ever entered a coffee competition before?
I recently took part in "The Liberties Brewers Cup Competition" and placed 4th.

3) What is your favourite thing about the Aeropress?
Playing with temperatures is my thing: that's why I like aeropress the most. 

4) If you could have any coffee superpower, what would it be?
Speaking about coffee superpowers -> I wish I could talk with coffee beans : "Hi little fella, what do you prefer?  89C? 93C?" 

5) What coffee producing country would you most like to visit and why?
Guatemala comes first to my mind as I would love to visit a coffee plantation there considering it was the origin of the first filter I've ever had.

6) If you were trapped on a desert island, what 3 things would you bring?
If I was trapped on a desert island I would bring roller blades (cause it makes sense with sand around, right?), my dog ( he has a passport already -.-) and access to Spotify. 

7) Describe yourself in 3 words.
Extra hot decaf ;) 


Karol Adamski 
1) Briefly tell us about yourself.
Hi all, my name is Karol, polish lad, coffee man in Coffee Angel

2) Have you ever entered a coffee competition before?
This is my first coffee competition, and the reason why I'm here is ironic aversion to aeropress, this is not my favorite coffee weapon, and although im not a competing type of a guy, I thought that to take a part in such gig will give me some super powers, or at least some will to spend a bit of time with the aeropress, and who knows maybe I will eventually understand whats so cool about the aeropress :)

3) What is your favourite thing about the Aeropress?
See answer 2. 

4) If you could have any coffee superpower, what would it be?
I would love to have aeropress superpowers today, but normally its roasting coffee powers :)

5) What coffee producing country would you most like to visit and why?
Kenya, obviously for my unconditional love for coffees from that region, but I would place Colombia at the same level, both for cup qualities, I'm not sure which country would be first to visit if ever, but my guts drag me rather to Colombia, for some reason... :)

6) If you were trapped on a desert island, what 3 things would you bring?
1 container of coffee, same size container of wine, ale cigis :). 

7) Describe yourself in 3 words.
Honestly I dont know how to describe myself in 3 words. I rather use some sentence: "Remember that failure is an event, not a person" :). Zig Ziglar :). 


Tudorin Gabriel
1) Briefly tell us about yourself.
Hi, my name is Tudorin Gabriel. I am from Romania and i work as a head barista in KC Peaches on Nassau street.

2) Have you ever entered a coffee competition before?
It is my first competition,so wish me luck.

3) What is your favourite thing about the Aeropress?
My favorite thing about Aeropress is: easy to use -easy to carry.

4) If you could have any coffee superpower, what would it be?
"I hate when people make my coffee. You dont know how much milk I like, or how much sugar I take... You dont know what I have been through." ... A superpower like this, to please the customers!

5) What coffee producing country would you most like to visit and why?
Kenya or Ethiopia- big fan of their coffees.

6) If you were trapped on a desert island, what 3 things would you bring?
Solar electric generator, Satelite TV with Sky sports and Gordon Ramsay -to call him donkey.

7) Describe yourself in 3 words.
I suffer from OCD (obssesive coffee disorder).


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Sergiy Polimashev
1) Briefly tell us about yourself.
My name is Sergiy Polimashev, I live in Dublin, originally from Ukraine and working in CoffeeAngel CHQ.

2) Have you ever entered a coffee competition before?
Aeropress 2015, 2016, but didn't get any place.

3) What is your favourite thing about the Aeropress?
Simple, easy to use any place

4) If you could have any coffee superpower, what would it be?
Brew best quality every  time

5) What coffee producing country would you most like to visit and why?
Guatemala,  Kenya , Ethiopia ,Brasil   

6) If you were trapped on a desert island, what 3 things would you bring?
Knife, girls and coffee set :)

7) Describe yourself in 3 words.
Spontaneous  , extreme ,  Laziness


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1) Briefly tell us about yourself.
My name is Gemma Gaughan, I'm 21, I've worked in coffee for the past 3 years now, I'm from Dublin. I currently work in Gather&Gather and used to work in coffeeangel.

2) Have you ever entered a coffee competition before?
I've competed just once before in the Liberties brewers cup in Legit Coffee a few months ago.

3) What is your favourite thing about the Aeropress?
My favourite thing about the aeropress is how quick and easy it is, it's so compact and you can bring it anywhere! 

4) If you could have any coffee superpower, what would it be?
My coffee superpower would be the ability to make a perfect brew while seatbelt hungover (which is something I've tried and failed miserably at so many times before) 

5) What coffee producing country would you most like to visit and why?
I'd most like to visit Honduras because a friend of mine went there for a botany trip and the pictures he took were so beautiful, it's the one place that appeals to me most. 

6) If you were trapped on a desert island, what 3 things would you bring?
If I was trapped on a desert island I'd bring my dog, my toothbrush and my Harry Potter books.

7) Describe yourself in 3 words.
Witty, generous and empowered.


 

7 Days of AeroPress - Day 6 - Meet our Competitors (pt.2)

 

Luis Alvarez
1) Briefly tell us about yourself.
Luis Alvarez from Venezuela, I work in Dublin Barista School for the last 2 years and before that I used to work for Butlers chocolates. Originally a Mechanical Engineer in my country.

2) Have you ever entered a coffee competition before?
Yes, I've been a finalist for the last 3 years in the Irish Latte Art (2014, 2015, 2016) Championship.
Irish Barista Championship 2015 competitor.
Irish Aeropress Championship 2016 Semi-finalist.
Sensory judge in the Irish Brewers Cup 2017

3) What is your favourite thing about the Aeropress?
That my "on location" pictures look way cooler when I'm brewing an Aeropress. (Translation: portable)

4) If you could have any coffee superpower, what would it be?
I wanna be able to read the TDS with my eyes, Superman style. (Those refractometers are bloody expensive)

5) What coffee producing country would you most like to visit and why?
Venezuela, so I can go and visit my family. Would love to do a trip to coffee regions of my country. 

6) If you were trapped on a desert island, what 3 things would you bring?
A MASSIVE yacht with a bunch of people, a captain to navigate that yatch and get me the hell out of there, a lot of rum.

7) Describe yourself in 3 words.
Half-elf, Colour-blind, Ginger.


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Marta Wincenty-Cichy
1) Briefly tell us about yourself.
Originally I am from Poland, but I've been living in Ireland for over 4 years. I work in Dunnes Stores Head office as a coffee kiosk manager. 

2) Have you ever entered a coffee competition before?
This will be my first time in coffee competition. 

3) What is your favourite thing about the Aeropress?
It's portable.

4) If you could have any coffee superpower, what would it be?
Cup warmer in hand to keep my coffee hot for longer. Such a mummy dream ;) 

5) What coffee producing country would you most like to visit and why?
Hawai. Because it's Hawai ;) 

6) If you were trapped on a desert island, what 3 things would you bring?
Husband, baby and aeropress. Or no! I need grinder too, so no husband ;) 

7) Describe yourself in 3 words.
Brewing mum-photographer. 


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Hrvoje Vincek
1) Briefly tell us about yourself.
Hailing from Croatia, I moved to Dublin two years ago and got into speciality coffee. Didnt know Dublin has such a coffee scene and I'm very lucky to be here and see how the scene is still growing. Worked in bars before to pay my college but I couldn't be in a cubicle job, so I decided to stick with a position behind bar and replaced alcohol with coffee. Aeropressing myself two years and still liking it. Currently working in the funkiest coffee shop in Dublin called Pot Bellied Pig. 

2) Have you ever entered a coffee competition before?
Attended Fun and Tipsy Vice Irish Coffee Championship 2016. It was more about to see and feel the thing about coffee comp. For the recipe i was using aeropess but in the end i messed up and came 5th. Dont mix coffee and whiskey. ;)

3) What is your favourite thing about the Aeropress?
I can work on my triceps. Push it real good.

4) If you could have any coffee superpower, what would it be?
To do useful things faster with more energy not only stupid:)

5) What coffee producing country would you most like to visit and why?
Ethiopia of course. its clear for itself.

6) If you were trapped on a desert island, what 3 things would you bring?
Decks, longboard and AeroPress.

7) Describe yourself in 3 words.
Tall, Yugoslavian male.


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Wil Gilbert
1) Briefly tell us about yourself.

Wil Gilbert, from France, living in Cork, barista currently looking for new challenges.

2) Have you ever entered a coffee competition before?
Well just one Cork Aeropress Comp few weeks ago and did well...

3) What is your favourite thing about the Aeropress?
The endless coffee extraction possibilities.

4) If you could have any coffee superpower, what would it be?
Super-sweet-spot-extraction.

5) What coffee producing country would you most like to visit and why?
Guatemala - awesome coffee and culture.

6) If you were trapped on a desert island, what 3 things would you bring?
A book ( any Jules Verne) ...well 3 books it is a desert island so better not spoil it.

7) Describe yourself in 3 words.

Passionate (about coffee...), Creative


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Szymon Urbanczyk
1) Briefly tell us about yourself.

My name is Szymon Urbanczyk. I'm 27 years old. I am from Poland, I live in Ireland for the last four years. Started off in coffee 3 years ago with no experience and never drank coffee before. I currently work for Bear Market IFSC branch. 

2) Have you ever entered a coffee competition before?
This is my first coffee competition.

3) What is your favourite thing about the Aeropress?
It is hard to make a bad coffee using aeropress and it is easy to clean after. Very convenient for travel. 

4) If you could have any coffee superpower, what would it be?
Enjoying of espresso is a superpower for me. I mean I like espressos, but to just simply enjoy it, and drink it with pleasure, like a filter coffee.

5) What coffee producing country would you most like to visit and why?
I would choose Tanzania, but not for coffee reason. I would like to climb on Kilimanjaro mountain.

6) If you were trapped on a desert island, what 3 things would you bring?
I would bring a plane, the book "Flying for Dummies" and a lot of fuel.

7) Describe yourself in 3 words.
Lazy.


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Reda Majauskyte
1) Briefly tell us about yourself.
My name is Reda. I am Training Manager & Barista Trainer in Butlers chocolate cafes. I love coffee and cacao. My daily routine is all about the progress – not about being the best – and about getting better continuously. I love to work hard coaching/helping other competitors in coffee competitions. I love to travel and learn more about the coffee industry around the world, keep improving my sensory skills, knowledge and get involve in any coffee projects.

2) Have you ever entered a coffee competition before?
I am current Cup Tasting Champion of Ireland. It was a big challenge for myself to represent Ireland in the World of Coffee Event in Budapest.

3) What is your favourite thing about the Aeropress?
Make our life enjoyable (coffee anywhere) during our journey in any part of the world 

4) If you could have any coffee superpower, what would it be?
One day of the week I would call coffee day.

5) What coffee producing country would you most like to visit and why?
I love any good coffee, but my favourite is Kenyan coffee

6) If you were trapped on a desert island, what 3 things would you bring?
My dog Max, Elvis and water :)

7) Describe yourself in 3 words.
Dog&Coffee lover, Ambitious,  Crazy&Fun


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Matthew Forde Connolly
1) Briefly tell us about yourself.

Matthew Forde Connolly, Bray Bré, Five Points.

2) Have you ever entered a coffee competition before?
First time competitor. hopefully won't get stage fright and under perform.

3) What is your favourite thing about the Aeropress?
My favorite thing about the AeroPress is how easy it is to throw at people who ask for soya.

4) If you could have any coffee superpower, what would it be?
My superpower would have to be being able to pull perfect espresso by flicking a bean into cups.

5) What coffee producing country would you most like to visit and why?
The coffee producing country I would most like to visit is Mexico. because.. Tequila.

6) If you were trapped on a desert island, what 3 things would you bring?
 I would bring a bag of cans, cigarettes and some chunes.

7) Describe yourself in 3 words.
Pint of Smithwicks.


Seivijus Matiejunas
1) Briefly tell us about yourself.
9 years ago, I joined the coffee world. I started as barista and then I joined barista trainers team in Bewleys. I love to compete and coach/help other competitors in various national and world championships including Latte Art, Cup Tasters, Barista & Aeropress. 

2) Have you ever entered a coffee competition before?
I started to compete (Barista, Latte Art, Cupping & Aeropress champ) in 2011. A few years in a row I represented Lithuania and Ireland in World Latte Art championships. In 2016 I won Irish Cup Tasters Championship. I have never won Aeropress Championship yet.

3) What is your favourite thing about the Aeropress?
Its unbreakable, fits in my bag and easy to brew.

4) What coffee producing country would you most like to visit and why?
I would love to go to Ethiopia. The place where coffee began. 

5) If you were trapped on a desert island, what 3 things would you bring?
Water, food and coffee. 

6) Describe yourself in 3 words
Stubborn, passionate & never gives up.

 

7 Days of AeroPress - Day 5 - Meet our Competitors (pt.1)

 
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Richard Finney.
1) Briefly tell us about yourself.

PwC Accountant turned wine shop/deli/coffee shop owner in The Counter, Letterkenny. Originally from Belfast but dragged to Donegal via marriage. Occasional barista in our coffee shop but mostly filter coffee alchemist whilst pretending to work next door in our shop.

2) Have you ever entered a coffee competition before?
Coffee comp virgin. Go easy on me.

3) What is your favourite thing about the Aeropress?
Portability. It’s my go to brewing method for holidays and travel.

4) If you could have any coffee superpower, what would it be?
Removing the bitterness out of unreasonable customers.

5) What coffee producing country would you most like to visit and why?
Burundi. Some cracking stuff coming out of there.

6) If you were trapped on a desert island, what 3 things would you bring?
Spotify. Coffee. A Genie in a Bottle.

7) Describe yourself in 3 words.
Nordy. Bald. Loveable.


Thomas Gallo.
1) Briefly tell us about yourself.
My name is Thomas Gallo, 24 years old French lad. Working as a barista at Cloud Picker Coffee in Dublin. 

2) Have you ever entered a coffee competition before?
First time competing in the coffee industry! And really looking forward to it!! 

3) What is your favourite thing about the Aeropress?
For me, the Aeropress is the easiest and fastest way to get a great cup of coffee whenever you desire it. It gives you a great brew and it's quite simple to use and so affordable for everyone!

4) If you could have any coffee superpower, what would it be?
Get a coffee farm right in front of my home, so you can grow, roast and brew whenever you want. But we're in Ireland so... 

5) What coffee producing country would you most like to visit and why?
I'm really looking forward to visit Nicaragua one day! I love to travel and discover new countries and cultures, and I once had a great cup of coffee from there, so I'll give it a go. 

6) If you were trapped on a desert island, what 3 things would you bring?
An Oasis album, Wine (obviously), Bread and cheese (as they match each other). 

7)Describe yourself in 3 words. 
Happy, traveller, fun.


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Daniel Horbat
1) Briefly tell us about yourself.
Hi, my name is Daniel Horbat and I'm from Romania. I currently work in Network cafe as head barista.

2) Have you ever entered a coffee competition before?
I competed in many competitions and my best results are:
-Irish cup tasting champion 2016
-Irish latte art finalist 2016
-22th place at the World Cup tasters 2016 Shanghai
-AeroPress and brewing competitor 2016-2017

3) What is your favourite thing about the Aeropress?
Very easy to use and handy for travel.

4) If you could have any coffee superpower, what would it be?
Coffee super power:)..good one:) To brew with cold water and extract the coffee fast :)

5) What coffee producing country would you most like to visit and why?
I would like to visit the geisha estate from Panama....everybody knows why.

6) If you were trapped on a desert island, what 3 things would you bring?
My cross fit gear, my beard balm and 50+sunscreen for my tattoos.

7)Describe yourself in 3 words. 
BARISTA WITH ATTITUDE (B.W.A)


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Stephen McCabe
1) Briefly tell us about yourself.
Hello my name is Stevie McCabe. I grew up in North county Dublin and I now live in the city. I’m currently the manager of 3fe on Lower Grand Canal Street, I’m a snappy dresser and terrible person with good hair. 

2) Have you ever entered a coffee competition before?
This will be my first coffee competition outside of some in house competitions and quite a few latte art throw downs. Have not been crowned a winner of any yet. 

3) What is your favourite thing about the Aeropress?
It was the first piece of coffee equipment I bought and I find that to be often the case for people just getting into coffee these days. So as a gateway into brewing I think its a good way to start. Also they don’t break so easy. Tough little tubes. 

4) If you could have any coffee superpower, what would it be?
I would like to produce cows milk. 

5) What coffee producing country would you most like to visit and why?
I would love to visit Kenya and hit up Kebel Konga to visit the great Dr. Brian. He keeps growing those tasty coffees and I love to drink them. 

6) If you were trapped on a desert island, what 3 things would you bring?
Sunglasses, a personal chef that can double as a friend and a hammock. 

7)Describe yourself in 3 words. 
Sleepy Fancy Boy.


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Marcin Kotwicki
1) Briefly tell us about yourself.
My name is Marcin (Mairtin/Martin) and I live in Dublin City, previously in Galway. I've been working in the coffee industry since 2009 and I am a member of SCA since 2015. Currently working at LEGIT Coffee Co. on Meath Street, Dublin 8.

2) Have you ever entered a coffee competiton before?
I competed in Irish Latte Art Championship in 2015 & 2016 and the Irish Brewers Cup this year with no luck in both competitions ;), but I did get silver in the Irish Aeropress last year :)

3) What is your favourite thing about the Aeropress?
Its light and portable (I take it on every holiday!)

4) If you could have any coffee superpower, what would it be?
Coffee gives me superpowers, I don't need anything extra!

5) What coffee producing country would you most like to visit and why?
Kenya - my fav coffee.

6) If you were trapped on a desert island, what 3 things would you bring?
Alladin's lamp, Golden Fish and Kenyan Coffee ;)

7) Describe yourself in 3 words. 
Curious, Ambitious, Obstinate.


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Kevin Powell
1) Briefly tell us about yourself.
Kevin Powell, Dublin, Meet me in the Morning.

2) Have you ever entered a coffee competition before?
This is my second time entering the aeropress comp and last year Colin had it out for me.

3) What is your favourite thing about the Aeropress?
That each year I get to use it in a competition.

4) If you could have any coffee superpower, what would it be?
The ability to easily win coffee competitions.

5) What coffee producing country would you most like to visit and why?
Vietnam, more for the weather and food and I hear there's some good cheese there.

6) If you were trapped on a desert island, what 3 things would you bring?
Cat, cat food and a second cat (cats can drink salt water)

7) Describe yourself in 3 words. 
Large, bearded, chef.


Paul Hickey
1) Briefly tell us about yourself.
Paul, from Celbridge and living in D8. Not working in coffee, just obsessed with it! Work as a hospital pharmacist to pay the bills/for coffee.

2) Have you ever entered a coffee competitio before?
First time entering a competition, looking forward to getting chucked out in the first round!

3) What is your favourite thing about the Aeropress? 
It's so easy to clean! It makes whopper brews too I guess.

4) If you could have any coffee superpower, what would it be?
Instant soft water because the water in work is muck. 

5) What coffee producing country would you most like to visit and why? 
Rwanda. Producing some of my favourite coffees in the past couple of years and a country looking to start anew after it's recent past. 

6) If you were trapped on a desert island, what 3 things would you bring?
 A boat, petrol and a map.

7) Describe yourself in 3 words.  
Lower your expectations.


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Gary Hollywood
1) Briefly tell us about yourself.
My name is Gary Hollywood, I'm from Dublin. I've been a Barista for around 10 years and I have worked for Bewley's for 7 and a half of those years. I'm eclectic when it comes coffee and music, no matter what the origin/region/process or the genre/artist/song is, as long as it's well made, it's perfect for me!

2) Have you ever entered a coffee competition before?
Latte art and Cup Tasters 3 times (didn't get far). Competed for the first time at the Irish Aeropress championships last year, and won... so I got to represent my country, in my home town at the world's last June. 

3) What is your favourite thing about the Aeropress?
It saves lives, or at least hangovers (brought mine to the hotel for after my mates stag!) everyone wanted my coffee!!

4) If you could have any coffee superpower, what would it be?
A TDS tongue/Refractometer vision! Exact extraction measurement by taste and sight! 

5) What coffee producing country would you most like to visit and why?
Nicaragua. Bewley's has a strong relationship with a particular farm there and it would be something special to see, having met some of their producers when they visited Ireland at World of Coffee.

6) If you were trapped on a desert island, what 3 things would you bring?
Desert island? Should I say my wife? No...?

7) Describe yourself in 3 words. 
Friendly Neighbourhood Barista...


 

7 Days of AeroPress - Day 4 - The Poster.

 

You will have probably seen The Irish AeroPress Championship 2017 poster on Instagram, Facebook and twitter, as well as throughout cafes across Ireland. With its bold and vibrant colours, its pretty hard to miss! 
Our AeroPress Poster was designed and printed by Or Studio, a design & Risograph print studio based in Dublin, founded by Kate Brangan and Jo Little. The studio acts as a space to experiment with process and collaborate with other designers, illustrators and artists and are the only studio in Ireland to own and operate a Riso printer. While generating their own content and projects, they also take on client work, such as our beautiful poster. The Aeropress Championship 2017 posters are risograph prints using spot colour soy inks and printed on 100% recycled paper.

Printing with a risograph digital duplicator is not an exact science; misregistration can occur and there are no guarantees with consistent ink density and coverage, but it's exciting not knowing how the inks will blend or what you will end up with. The process requires testing and experimentation to see how the materials behave, creating a unique result.

The Aeropress posters were printed in four passes through the machine, each time layering another colour on top of the last to create tactile and vibrant prints.

We're delighted with how they have turned out and we will have them available to purchase on the night for €5. 

For more details on our friends over at Or Studios and examples of other projects they have worked on click here! 
 

Make sure to check back tomorrow for day 5 of our 7 Days of AeroPress!

 

7 Days of AeroPress - Day 3 - Our MC & Judges.

 

Julia Murray - Our MC for the night.

1) Give us a brief introduction of yourself.
Julia Murray - Head of Coffee Development with Gather & Gather. From Dublin, Ireland … Working with coffee for longer than I care to remember! First love of coffee while backpacking in Australia, then back to Ireland to work as a Barista Trainer with Bewley’s. I had 2 kids and worked as an independent Barista Trainer while they were little. Worked with a number of Micro Roasteries (training, selling, roasting etc). Love judging lots of things, especially coffee.


2) What is your favourite thing about the Aeropress?
That you can buy replacement rubber bungs (as I recently found out, after purchasing our 5th one for home use….it is used pretty much every day!) 

3) If you could have any coffee superpower, what would it be?
To be the Global Terminator and Obliterate Terrible Dark Thrifty Roasts! 

4) What coffee producing country would you most like to visit and why?
I think it would have to be Kenya … so many stunning coffees I have enjoyed over the years have come from here ... 

5) If you were trapped on a desert island, what 3 items would you need?
Really? A big knife, a coffee tree and lotsa wine….

6) Describe yourself in 3 words.
Determined, fun and empathic! 

7) Name of a song that best describes you.
Oscillate Wildly – The Smiths ... no lyrics, probably a good thing!

8) Have you ever MC'ed at any events before or is this your first time?
I have MC'ed at various National Competitions over the years and I MC'ed the WBC in Dublin in 2016 …it was super scary at first but became enjoyable … love a mic!!


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Ger O'Donohoe - 1/3 of our Judging Panel for the Night.

1) Give us a brief introduction of yourself.
Ger O'Donohoe, Rialto, Dublin, Taurus, 36 years young, ex-wannabe rock star, natural red head, Dog Dad ... I run First Draft Coffee in Temple Bar, Im education Coodinator for SCA Ireland, and I publish the Dublin City Speciality Coffee Map of Dublin in Dublin.   

2) What is your favourite thing about the Aeropress?
All the Penis Pump jokes.

3) If you could have any coffee superpower, what would it be?
To roast perfectly, and consistently by shooting lazers from my eyes. 

4) What coffee producing country would you most like to visit and why?
Brazil, those guys can dance!

5) If you were trapped on a desert island, what 3 items would you need?
Homing pigeon, paper, writing implement

6) Describe yourself in 3 words.
Sound As Fuck

7) Name of a song that best describes you.
"Ave Maria"

8) Have you ever judged any coffee competitions before? If so, how would you describe yourself as a judge?
Yes, National Barista Comps/Latte Art Comps/Throwdowns ... Sound as Fuck.


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Rhia González - 1/3 of our Judging Panel for the Night.

1) Give us a brief introduction of yourself.
Rhia González, contrary to the surname 100% born and bred in Cork. The real capital! Manager & Mama of Alchemy Coffee in Barrack St, Cork City, since a few weeks after its inception nearly 3 years ago. 

2) What is your favourite thing about the Aeropress?
Its ease and indestructiblity. It's perfect for beginners to brewing and travel, and it's a great introduction to filter coffee.

3) If you could have any coffee superpower, what would it be?
To telepathically be able to make 3 Chemex at once while up the walls on a Saturday afternoon! 

4) What coffee producing country would you most like to visit and why?
Bolivia, my most favorite coffees are from South America and it's such an underrated country in terms of beauty and culture. 

5) If you were trapped on a desert island, what 3 items would you need?
A book, a lighter and a Brita filter for water. Sorted.

6) Describe yourself in 3 words.
Independent, straightforward and a bit of a gypsy soul. 

7) Name of a song that best describes you.
Rebel Rebel by David Bowie.

8) Have you ever emceed at any events before or is this your first time?
Never been a judge before. I'll probably be honest, happy to see everyone enjoying themselves and watching for an underdog.


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Robyn Butler - 1/3 of our Judging Panel for the Night.

1) Give us a brief introduction of yourself.
Hi! My name's Robyn Butler and I've been working at 3fe since 2014.

2) What is your favourite thing about the Aeropress?
I'm going to have to be honest here and say I'm not a huge fan of the aeropress as a brew method, so my favourite thing about it is probably the competition, which is by far the most fun coffee competition around.

3) If you could have any coffee superpower, what would it be?
"If I were a robot the aeropress would be my arm"

4) What coffee producing country would you most like to visit and why?
El Salvador, just because I'm a big fan of Salvadoran coffees.

5) If you were trapped on a desert island, what 3 items would you need?
I would bring a friend, a copy of the 2016 world aeropress annual, and maybe some rum to keep the island theme going.

6) Describe yourself in 3 words.
Live laugh love. 

7) Name of a song that best describes you.
The theme music from Sex and the City.

8) Have you ever emceed at any events before or is this your first time?
Last year I judged the World Aeropress Championship, plus a couple of latte art throwdowns here and there. I would describe my aeropress judging style as tipsy at best.


Make sure to check back tomorrow for day four of our Seven Days of AeroPress!

 

7 Days of AeroPress - Day 2 - Our Sponsors

 

Kinnegar Brewing

As coffee professionals, we are used to having well trained palettes, and are always seeking out the highest quality coffee. So it's no coincidence that many baristas opt for well-crafted beer with the same high quality and deliciousness as their drink of choice. At 3fe, it's fair to say we absolutely love Kinnegar, it is a drink of choice for the majority of our staff, so when they told us they would like to sponsor the AeroPress Championship and provide some alcoholic refreshments for the night, we graciously accepted! Owned and operated by Rick LeVert and Libby Carton, Kinnegar is an Independent Irish Craft Beer Brewery, based on the outskirts of Letterkenny in Co Donegal. Their farmhouse brewery is named after the nearby Kinnegar Beach, and it is from there they produce the exquisite full-flavoured beers, and sell their wide variety of beers around Ireland. Everything they produce - from their core range to their specials - always deliver on flavour.

Marco Beverage Systems Ltd

Marco Beverage Systems Ltd are one of the leading hot water delivery companies in the world. This Irish company are specialising in providing hot water systems, coffee brewers and tea brewers for savvy brew enthusiasts around the globe. Both of our cafes, 3fe Grand Canal St Lwr, and 3fe Sussex Terrace, along with our sister cafe, Five Points in Harold's Cross, use Marco boilers for all of our hot water needs. Anyone who has visited our cafes will have seen our beautiful SP9 brewers on the counters, which aid in producing consistently delicious coffee at high demand for our filter-loving customers. On the night of the AeroPress Championship, we will have our Marco boilers in full swing allowing all of our contestants to use as they wish. We have a long running, and very healthy relationship with Marco, who our wholesale team are resellers for, and we're grateful that they have helped to fund some of the expenses for the AeroPress Championship

Coffee Hit

Coffee Hit is an online coffee equipment store which sells everything from teaspoons to grinders. On the off-chance that we can't find the coffee tool we're looking for, our next step is always to check Coffee Hit! They are also the developers of the Rhinowares Milk Frothing Pitchers, which we use in our cafes and sell on our store. Coffee Hit have generously sponsored the Irish AeroPress Championship by providing us with some brilliant prizes, a Baratza Encore Grinder, Artisan Kettle, and a beautiful hour glass brewer.

TKC

TKC: The Kite Company, was formed in October 1989. Nearly 25 years on, TKC are still selling kites, but also happen to be the official distributors of the AeroPress in the UK and Ireland. It's from TKC that we source all of our AeroPress equipment that we stock in our cafes and webshops for our customers to buy. TKC have helped to fund some of the expenses for the AeroPress Championship, which we are very grateful for.

 

Thank you again to all of our sponsors who have supported 3fe in hosting the Irish AeroPress Championship 2017!

Make sure to check back tomorrow for day three of our Seven Days of AeroPress!

 

7 Days of AeroPress - Day 1 - What exactly is the AeroPress Championship?

 

What exactly is the AeroPress and what warrents it having its own competition?

Well, the humble AeroPress was invented in 2005 by Aerobie president Alan Adler, you know, the guy who invented the Aerobie Frisbee. At just seven ounces in weight, and only about a footlong, it is the perfect travel companion, but can also be used to make delicious coffee, with a wide range of brewing styles and recipes that can yield amazing and totally unique results. It is now a common household object that can be found in kitchens and offices across the world and its simple design allows it to be used by complete beginners to coffee professionals on a daily basis!

So how did this simple home brewer end up with a hugely anticipated yearly competition attracting contestants and fans from all over the world? The AeroPress Championship is an independent competition, that began in 2008 in Tim Wendelboe's coffee bar in Oslo, along side fellow coffee professional, Tim Varney. At the time, it was just organised as a bit of fun, almost mocking the rigid nature of other coffee competitions; The contestants drank lots of booze, brewed lots of delicious coffee, a winner was picked and everyone had a great time.

Since then, the competition has grown tremendously, developing a national championship circuit, with 51 nations participating each year to compete in the World Aeropress Championship. It has gained a huge following along the way, but the ethos remains the same. 


Since 2008, the World AeroPress Championship has been held all over the world, and has attracted fans and contestants worldwide.

| 2008 Oslo | 2009 Oslo | 2010 London | 2011 Milan | 2012 Portland | 

| 2013 Melbourne | 2014 Rimini | 2015 Seattle | 2016 Dublin | 2017 Seoul | 

What makes the AeroPress Championship unique is that although participants are serious about winning, the whole event is encapsulated in fun and having a good time, fans are encouraged to shout and cheer for their favourite barista and good music and beer has become integral. There is no criteria to enter or daunting scoresheets to worry about. Judges determine a winner on the count of a three finger point. "Which cup would you like to drink again?" ... One, Two, Three, Point! It is a great segway into competition for new baristas who don't fancy standing in front of a room full of people and reciting a fifteen minute performance and a great homage to the AeroPress!


This year, 3fe are delighted to be hosting the Irish AeroPress Championship. It's a competition that we look forward to every year and to have the opportunity to host it ourselves was a greatly appreciated!
 This day next week, 24 contestants from all over Ireland will be travelling to our cafe at Grand Canal to compete, with the winner being deemed the Irish AeroPress Champion 2017. We are looking forward to a great night, full of laughs, great music, delicious beer, prizes and giveaways, lovely food and of course, for the Irish AeroPress Champion to be chosen! The winner will not only win the coveted golden AeroPress trophy, but will also get the opportunity to travel to Seoul, in South Korea to represent Ireland in the World AeroPress Championship.

We hope to see many of you there to compete or cheer on the participants! Make sure to check back tomorrow for more information on this years Irish AeroPress Championship!

 

Los Mangos World Tour

 

After the success of our Los Mangos showcase event in Dublin, we decided to bring the event on tour around Ireland for the first time. This tour showcased a coffee called Los Mangos from Finca Argentina in El Salvador, and brought us to some great cafes all around the country, including Established in Belfast, Urban Grind in Galway, Alchemy in Cork, and Suas Coffee House in Ennis.

This is our seventh year working with Alejandro Martinez, the producer of this coffee, and it’s a coffee we have a very special relationship with. All of the coffee produced on the Los Mangos tablon of Finca Argentina is grown for us, making it a 3fe world exclusive and the Los Mangos washed bourbon has always been one of our favourite coffees at 3fe. It’s a coffee that’s really complex but at the same time incredibly balanced, year after year. This year, for the first time ever, we were lucky enough to have three different processes of the same variety from Los Mangos at once. While it’s an exclusive for 3fe, we were still only able to get our hands on one bag of the natural process, as only a tiny amount was produced. Instead of keeping it all for ourselves, we decided to share it and give as many people as possible the chance to taste this amazing coffee.

Many of our customers and the cafes we supply will have heard of Alejandro Martinez and his farm. Finca Argentina is a farm located in the Apaneca-Ilamatepec mountain range of El Salvador, which is famous for farms like La Ilusion, Alaska and Santa Petrona. The conditions for growing coffee here are ideal, with high altitude and rich volcanic soil, with four volcanoes in this mountain range alone. The farm grows mainly bourbon, which is a variety of coffee associated with high quality and lots of sweetness and complexity, but Alejandro is also experimenting with other varieties, particularly those with higher disease resistance, like catimor, as a solution to loss of yield from leaf rust. The farm is split into 8 tablons or plots, Los Mangos being just one of them, and Alejandro maintains this division during and after processing so we can taste the coffees from each tablon individually.

Since taking over the farm, Alejandro has moved towards organic farming practices on the majority of the farm. He doesn’t use pesticides and tries to make as much use of waste products as possible, for example, making his own fertiliser by anaerobic composting, using mineral-rich rock dust from a nearby quarry, chicken litter and other waste products. He also places a high value on treating his employees well, employing up to 50 workers full time with paid leave and a salary 10% higher than the minimum wage. This is really exciting for us because we love working with businesses that share our values - that are not only economically, but also socially and environmentally responsible and sustainable.

Alejandro has been back and forth to the U.K several times since Steve started buying his coffee seven years ago, but one of the highlights for us was when he came to Dublin to give a talk to our staff and our customers, giving us tons of new insights into how the farm works, and what’s important to him. In turn, we really wanted to share some of the knowledge we’ve accrued over the years with some of the cafes we supply around Ireland and with their customers, as well as giving them the chance to taste all three coffees.

We started off with a tasting and talk by our roaster Monika Palova in our Sussex Terrace location in Dublin.

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First stop outside of Dublin was Established, Belfast, in their beautiful new training room.

 

After that we went west to Galway to Urban Grind and then down to Alchemy in Cork.

Last stop was Suas Coffee House in Ennis, Co. Clare


 

We love any excuse to go visit our amazing wholesale customers, and it was a real treat to get to meet so many of their customers as well, from people completely new to coffee, to people who’ve been tasting this coffee with us every year, and even a coffee farmer on holiday in Ireland!

We had such a great time that we’ve organised another tour for our new Kenyan coffee - Kiamaina AA. Our roaster Simon Ledzius, who visited the farm earlier this year, will be giving a presentation all about the coffee and his trip to the farm. There will also be a tasting of the coffee three ways - espresso, filter and with milk and each guest will get to take home a 250g bag of this amazing coffee. The tour will start in Dublin this Saturday and then move on the Middletown Coffee Company in Ballymena, Northern Ireland.

Tickets to the event can be purchased here.

Robyn

 

 

We're Hiring! New Barista/Chef Positions at 3fe

 

We’re delighted to announce that we have two new positions available in our Grand Canal St location, both in our cafe and kitchen!

Service/Barista Position

The role will involve serving customers, making coffee, running food and drinks, and all the other random things that go with running with a busy coffee shop. Experience working with  speciality coffee is not a requirement, but experience in the service industry is an advantage and enthusiasm is a must.

The ideal applicant will be customer-focused , willing to work as part of a team, and have an interest in food and coffee.

 

Chef Position

We are expanding our kitchen team at Grand Canal Street! At 3fe we serve breakfast, lunch and brunch seven days a week from our Grand Canal Street premises with us also supplying food to our Sussex Terrace store daily.

In the coming months we will be working on more food focused projects, both wholesale and retail. In light of this we are looking for someone who is passionate about food, who has an open mind about cafe/restaurant service and also food product development. The kitchen at Grand Canal Street offers chefs sociable working hours as well as creative contribution to our menu which changes weekly. Our menu focuses on using sustainable, local produce with some of our suppliers including The Whole Hoggs, Village Dairy and Tolka Valley Eggs.

Grand Canal Street’s kitchen offers a fast paced environment with plenty of opportunity to learn. The ideal candidate will have pastry experience but this is not a requirement. All levels of kitchen experience will be considered.

 

If you’re interested in a barista position, please fill out the survey here and if you’re successful we’ll contact you for your c.v. and an interview!

To apply for a chef position, please contact [email protected] with a CV and cover letter attached.

Best of Luck! 

Rejection and shifting 8,000 books

I received two emails early last week that summed up a lot of my experience self-publishing What I Know About Running Coffee Shops. The first was from a major book distributor in Ireland who supply most if not all of the small and large book shops in the country. They had assessed the copy I sent them and had decided not to take any copies of it to sell on to their national network. I was devastated. 

A large part of the reason I wrote this book was to bridge the gap between the coffee industry and the civilian world, and aiming at those people (like myself) who are interested in other peoples processes, motivations and strategies. I felt there was a lot of people interested in coffee shops out there and the book had been widely well-received but unfortunately they didn't think it was viable to take on. This rejection meant quite simply that my book was unlikely to hit high street shelves in Ireland* and the sales that would consequently go with it. Not a good start to the week.

The second email I received was something of a pleasant reality check in that it was confirmation of the purchase of another pallet of books from a wholesale customer. This brought the total number of books sold to just shy of 8,000 books in the 9 weeks its been on sale. 

This, by anyones standards, is a really solid amount of sales and although its been done through non-traditional routes, its equally if not more satisfying to get the book into peoples hands whilst discovering new sales channels. The WIKARCS site itself has been incredibly successful in the sense that we've sold a lot of books but also when I see the breakdown of where they are going. 

I had looked into going down the traditional route of going through a publisher but to be blunt about it I was too petulant about compromising on my ideas so I stuck to self publishing cause I knew I'd always get my way. I've always wanted to write a book and knew that it could be the only time I ever get to do it so when it came to making decisions on theme, content and design, I could always just do what I wanted to do. Equally, if it went pear shaped I'd still be happy cause I did it on my own terms. 

This unfortunately meant that when it came to PR I didn't have a big machine behind me that would get me the airtime and pages that I needed to publicise the book. A lot of book launches these days are co-ordinated assaults taking in TV, Radio, Print Media and anything else that can go with it but I just didn't have the budgets for that after paying for the print run up front. 

Instead I was incredibly fortunate that many of you fell in behind the project and got the word out better than I could ever have hoped. The book launch at the Fumbally attracted over 100 people and since then the support on Instagram, twitter and Facebook has been unbelievable.

We really do have the best customers at 3fe and without all of you spreading the word I'd probably be sitting on an embarrassing amount of books right now. The wider coffee community has been doing there part in equal measure and following the #WIKARCS tags on social media has fast become my favourite hobby.

I've also been lucky to pick up regional distributors in Aus/NZ with Bureaux, Asia/Middle East with Coffee Camps and UK with Hasbean. Coupled with that has been the further support form the likes of Toby's estate, Square Mile, Phil & Sebastian and Espresso Embassy to name but a few.

Right now we're making plans for the second run of books because we're going to run out of stock in the coming weeks. We're also hoping to pick up a few more wholesale customers so if you fancy picking up a box of 20 at a nice discount then pop us a mail [email protected]

Finally I'd like to reiterate my thanks to all of you who've bought and supported the book. Although we've not managed to get it onto the high street in the conventional sense, the route we took may just have been the better one.

Col

*aside from the Dubray Books who very kindly bought directly from us

Los Mangos Tasting & Talk Tour!

 

We had such a great day at our Los Mangos event last week, so we have decided to share this fantastic coffee with some of our friends and followers around Ireland, by taking the Los Mangos Tasting & Talk on tour to a number of great cafes, for the official #Losmangosworldtour!  
We are kicking off tomorrow with our friends in Established Coffee, Belfast. 
Tickets to our Belfast stint are very limited, so book your ticket to this event here.

This event is showcasing a truly unique coffee named Los Mangos, from a farm named Finca Argentina, grown high on the Apaneca-Ilamatepec Mountain Ranges, in El Salvador.  What makes this event so interesting, is that we will be tasting one coffee, but with three different processing methods; washed, pulp natural and natural, which has everyone at 3fe very excited!

Following on from Belfast, we will be touring the talk and tasting to both Galway and Cork, with guest speakers from 3fe, including Monika Palova (Roaster) and Robyn Butler (Executive Barista) who will be filling us in on some fascinating information, all about the farm; Finca Argentina, the farm owner; Alejandro, and what really makes this coffee so special. 

As this years harvest is a World Exclusive for 3fe, and we have such a small amount, guests will be some of the only people worldwide to taste this years harvest of this unique coffee, with all participants given the opportunity to purchase bags of the coffee, and as there is extremeley limited stock, this is a special treat!

Tickets can be booked here

 

Los Mangos Exclusive Tasting & Talk Saturday, June 17th | 12pm | Sussex Terrace.

 

We are delighted to announce we will be holding a very special Tasting and Talk on Saturday, 17th of June at 12pm, in our Sussex Terrace Showroom, that is not to be missed! 
The event is showcasing a coffee named Los Mangos, from a farm named Finca Argentina, grown high on the Apaneca-Ilamatepec Mountain Ranges, in El Salvador. To purchase tickets, click here, or continue reading below.

Farm Owner, Alejandro's passion and drive for producing exceptional and unique coffees is second to none.

Farm Owner, Alejandro's passion and drive for producing exceptional and unique coffees is second to none.

What makes this event so interesting, is that we will be tasting one coffee, but with three different processing methods; washed, pulp natural and natural, which has everyone at 3fe very excited!
For those of you who don't quite know what processing is, fear not, as it will all be explained at the event, but all you need to know for now is that it dramatically effects the flavour and characteristics of the final cup, so tasting a single coffee, that has been separated and processed in three separate ways is bound to be extremely interesting.

We will also have our very own 3fe Roaster Monika, who will be filling us in on some fascinating information, all about the farm; Finca Argentina, the farm owner; Alejandro, and what really makes this coffee so special. On the day, we will be the first group in Ireland to taste this years harvest of this unique coffee, with all participants given the opportunity to purchase bags of these before they go on sale, and as there is very limited stock, this is a special treat!

Tickets cost €10 and this will allow you entrance to the talk and a tasting of each of the coffees. 

Places will be very limited, so to book a ticket, follow the link below:
Los Mangos Tickets

 

New Book Keeper/Accounts Assistant Position at 3fe

 

We've had a pretty exciting start to the year with lots of projects in the shape of shops, books, websites, a new roastery and no end of new products on our website. With all of these ventures taking place we've decided to create a new full time role for a bookkeeper / accounts assistant to join our finance team, supporting our CFO. 

The ideal applicant will relish working in a fast-paced and growing environment and ideally would have at least 1-2 years previous experience in a similar role.

Interested parties should fill out the questionnaire below and we'll hope to have the successful applicant in place in the next 4-6 weeks. We'd love to hear from you if you're interested and if you're not, spread the word!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XXDLF6W

'What I Know About Running Coffee Shops' Book Launch - April 20th - The Fumbally

 

As many of you know, I've spent the last couple of years writing my first book, What I Know About Running Coffee Shops, and I'm delighted to say that it's now ready to hit the shelves. The book is launching on Thursday April 20th and we've decided to have a bit of a get-together to celebrate.

The title of the book explains itself but I'm hopeful that it will find readers not just amongst the coffee community but also amongst those who are just interested in how things get done. The book is self-published and self-financed so its taken a lot of time and effort to get it out in the wild.

Our friends at The Fumbally have kindly allowed us to take over their space next Thursday 20th April so we can have a few drinks, pass out some nibbles and huddle in corners to find spelling mistakes.  

The event kicks off at 7pm and is open to everyone but you will need to register for a free ticket here. We'll be selling the books at our shops, through wholesale and online in the coming weeks if you cant make it, but if you can make it I'm very much looking forward to seeing you there!

Thanks for all the support and patience, 


Col
Managing Director, 3fe Coffee.

 

Coffee Potluck - Saturday 1st of April

 

Well, April is nearly upon us, and here at 3fe we believe in starting each quarter as we mean to go on; by tasting a ton of amazing coffee! With that in mind, we are very excited to be hosting our first Coffee Potluck this Saturday, April 1st. The aim is to taste LOTS of interesting coffees, meet like-minded coffee-lovers and have a blast! The Coffee Potluck will be a casual cupping, open to everybody. The cupping will be split into two sections, firstly tasting and discussing a selection of Canadian roasted coffees, and then moving onto an assortment of 3fe coffees (And maybe a few surprises!) 

When is it: Saturday 1st April, 2.30pm - 4.00pm.
Where is it: 3fe, 7 Sussex Terrace, Dublin 4.
Admission: BYOB (bring your own beans), or make a small donation to Coffee 2020.

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Coffee Potluck is a Canadian-based coffee project. Their main goal is to provide a strong community-base for consumers and coffee-industry folk alike to gather together, build conversations and relationships around coffee and taste lots of new things. They showcase local and international coffees at their monthly events, held in various locations around Vancouver. For the month of April, Vania (former 3fe staff member and co-founder of Coffee Potluck) is travelling throughout Europe, holding guest Potlucks at a number of cafes, with the next stop being 3fe! 
When Vania got in contact with us to suggest the event, our instant response was "Definitely!", followed quickly by "But what's a potluck?" For those of you (including ourselves) who hadn't come across the term before: 

 Noun: POTLUCK

  1. NORTH AMERICAN

    • a meal or party to which each of the guests contributes a dish.

So, in keeping with the 'potluck' concept, we would ask that guests bring along a bag of coffee they're loving at the moment, or alternatively, make a small donation on the day to our friends over at The 20/20 Coffee Project. The 20/20 Coffee Project is an Irish-based organisation, which supports poverty reduction and sustainabily programmes in coffee-producing countries in Africa and Asia, with the goal of improving the lives, health and livelihoods of local coffee producing communities. To read more about the great work they do, follow this link.

We look forward to seeing many of you next Saturday, in what promises to be a great afternoon!

                                                                  Vania Hosting a recent Coffee Potluck in Vancouver. 

                                                                  Vania Hosting a recent Coffee Potluck in Vancouver. 

 

La Ilusion Event - Sunday 26th February

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We are delighted to announce that we will be hosting a tasting event for our El Salvador La Ilusion coffee lot in our Sussex Terrace Premises. There are three time slots available on Sunday the 26th of Feb with limited places on sale. 

La Ilusion is undoubtedly one of our favourite coffees at 3fe and and we have been enjoying Ernesto Menendez' coffee at 3fe since we opened in late in 2009. We've used his coffees at both National and World Barista Championship level and to our mind it's one of the finest examples of what El Salvador has to offer. La Ilusion has also won the 'Cup of Excellence' competition in 2008, and in 2011 Alejandro Mendez won the World Barista Championship using coffee from the farm.

We are incredibly honoured to be roasting and serving La Ilusion and are excited to be presenting it this year to our customers and hopefully for many more years to come.

Our Training Manager Eithne will be brewing this special coffee for all participants to taste in a variety of different ways and Executive Barista Robyn will be presenting a talk, in which you will learn all about Ernesto Menendez, the dedicated farm owner, his farm, and what makes his La Ilusion coffee so special. Tickets cost €20 and can be purchased here. Your ticket will entitle you to admission to one of our tastings and talks taking place at 11am, 12.15pm and 1.30pm. Each ticket holder will also get a bag of this beauty to bring home, what more could you want on a Sunday afternoon?

Tickets for this event are limited, so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets can be booked here.

Five Points by Adam Sheridan

Anyone who has visited our Grand Canal Street will no doubt be familiar with our manager Adam Sheridan who for the last number of years has been the driving force behind our flagship cafe. Adam plays whopper music, welcomes everyone he meets and is responsible for what he lovingly refers to as "vibes". We're incredibly fortunate to have Adam at 3fe.

Late last year Adam came to me and explained he'd always wanted to open his own place and so he felt it was time to move on. My instant reaction was simple: I'm going with you.

Five Points Coffee will be joint venture between Adam Sheridan and 3fe which gives us a wonderful opportunity to build another strong business, gain a valuable wholesale customer and all the while supporting one of our most talented alumni. Quite simply, its a no-brainer.

Last week we signed a lease on a premises in Harold's Cross and we're hoping to open in the not too distant future, but we're not giving you a date yet! What makes it even more exciting is that our Executive Chef Hilary O'Hagan Brennan will be setting the kitchen up there for the next few months before handing it over to a new head chef in time for Summer, before hopefully moving on to the next 3fe project.

In the meantime you can follow five points on twitter or on instagram and we'll have a website up shortly before we open. We're excited to meet all our new neighbours and I, personally, am very excited to see the cafe that Adam has in store for us.

Col

7 Years old today and what we do next....

Eight years ago today I left my job in Financial Services. Seven years ago today I opened our first "shop" in the lobby of the Twisted Pepper. Three years ago today we started roasting coffee. Earlier today I picked up the keys to our new 8,500sqft roastery. December 5th has been good to us over the years.

2016 has been quite a year for 3fe and as well as planning for the impending madness that is Christmas, we're also busy setting goals and targets to make 2017 our best yet. In the last year we've opened a new shop, grown our machine distribution business, outgrown our roastery and continued to improve the oddest corner in Dublin as one of Dublin's favourite cafes. We also managed to survive the World Barista Championships coming to town, but we have the scars to prove it!

Now just shy of 30 people we recently hired two new members for our wholesale team, a new trainer for our training school and a new CFO. In the coming months we hope to add a number of new positions, some of which will be aimed at growing our hugely successful coffee subscription programme and webshop. It seems people really enjoy getting coffee posted to them.

All of this would have been in vain if we weren't improving quality as we go and I'm in awe of the team we've built over the years and how they approach their tasks with passion and integrity each working day. We're thankful most of all though to all of our loyal customers in both retail and wholesale who keep coming back week after week, they're a massive part of any success we may see.

We're excited to bring some new ventures to the table next year (details coming soon!) and we're looking forward to looking back next December 5th. 

Colin & team 3fe.

Sustainability at 3fe

Kitchen crew, you might not always see- we hang out in the basement but we are the team behind your food at 3fe.

Kitchen crew, you might not always see- we hang out in the basement but we are the team behind your food at 3fe.

 

We've been making a move towards sustainability here in 3fe of late. It's something that's always been in the back of our mind and we probably do a lot of it without thinking already, like recycling our waste and using locally sourced suppliers, but we think that making a concerted effort to do it right is better for the environment, our suppliers and us as we move towards being a more progressive business in every way.

The Sustainability Restaurant Award membership has been instrumental in helping us to achieve this. The only other restaurant in Ireland to have this award at the moment is Loam, Galway, a Michelin star restaurant. I'm sure a lot of you are thinking but they're a michelin star restaurant- sure! But we figured why not. We care and we want to be a better business so this is the next step. In fact we would argue being a sustainable business is the only way to run a business nowadays.

Our compost bins might not be pretty on the eye but they're pretty important to our sustainability programme.

Our compost bins might not be pretty on the eye but they're pretty important to our sustainability programme.

We've got compost bins out the back, by January this is going to be ready to use as we start our first ever vegetable patch. We produce a LOT of coffee grounds so we are using the bulk of this in our compost and if there's too much coffee grounds Dave from little cress, who grows our micro cress, takes it for his own compost.

Hilary & Holly in their natural habitat amongst some of our lovely micro cress form Dave Heffernan at Littlecress. 

Hilary & Holly in their natural habitat amongst some of our lovely micro cress form Dave Heffernan at Littlecress. 

Another thing we produce a lot of is waste milk- this sounds gross but its actually perfectly normal and safe to use. Its basically the leftover milk we collect when we steam milk for your cappuccinos. We collect the surplus milk and keep it refrigerated, then use this to make ricotta and yoghurt. Its really delicious and you feel great knowing you made it from something that ordinarily would have just got chucked down the sink.

Like any kitchen we have a lot of vegetable trimmings, these now go into vegetable ferments like the hot sauce, sauerkraut, kimchi and other interesting things we've been playing around with in our kitchen.

Fruit cores is something thats really great for making vinegars with, then we keep the mother from these vinegars and keep making them. Every batch is a little different in flavour. Its like a bubbling science lab in our dry store sometimes.

Looks a bit nasty but this apple cider vinegar is really tasty and uses up all of our apple cores.

Looks a bit nasty but this apple cider vinegar is really tasty and uses up all of our apple cores.

Local sourcing is something that is a massive part of sustainability. It's mad because we thought that by buying Irish and organic where possible we were doing a great job being sustainable but in fact it needs to be within a 50 mile radius to be considered truly sustainable. So we've had to go back to the drawing board with a lot of our ingredients and unfortunately turn around to some producers/suppliers and say look we need it to be free range, organic and within a 50 mile radius.

Chaff is a waste product we get when we roast our coffee, its sort of like the skin of a peanut. Its really dry and we were looking for a way to use it rather than just get rid of it. Then our pork supplier walked in the door with our smoked bacon (that he smokes himself) perfect! He now collects our chaff and smokes our bacon for us with our chaff.

Now onto pancakes...everybody loves pancakes right?! Maple syrup is expensive and not even Irish, so now we make our own cascara syrup from the cascara, which is the dried fruit of the coffee bean. Pancakes and syrup with a caffeine hit- perfect for that weekend brunch.

We roast our own coffee and we know where it comes from, we know that the farmers get paid properly for it and that its really good quality. But when we started thinking outside the box we started to think about chocolate. We sell so many brownies, which means we use a lot of chocolate, the recipe still remains a secret but the chocolate we now use is Callebaut organic and 100% fair trade. Its more expensive but its worth it.

All this sustainability stuff is actually a really difficult task to do under normal circumstances but as we change our menu weekly it is even more challenging for us to do this. But it's good to challenge yourself to keep on top of the game, it keeps you going.

 

Training, Events and Education Manager

****Closing date is Wednesday 2nd November 2016****

We're delighted to announce that we are recruiting a Training, Events & Education Manager at 3fe Coffee with a view to the successful candidate starting between 15th and 29th of November. The role will involve the design, implementation and running of all of 3fe's training with both wholesale and retail customers.

Our training and events started way back in 2010 and have grown a reputation as being educational and practical but also with a bent towards having fun. We intend to roll out a new portfolio of classes and events for 2017 and we are seeking an ambitious person to drive that.

The role will initially involve working as a barista behind bar at 3fe to get a firm understanding of how we brew coffee and how we like to approach things. Following on from that, we expect it to become a stand alone roll in early 2017 with no more bar work thereafter.

The ideal applicant will not only have a love of coffee but also a passion for teaching and the motivation to develop a world class coffee education and training business. 

Those interested should fill out the survey here and we will begin interviewing from Wednesday 3rd November with a view to making an offer to the successful candidate on 10th of November.

Best of luck,

Colin