They’re keeping the country caffeinated.
With cafés struggling to get by on the takeaway orders of customers within a 2km radius, if ever there was a time to stuff your cupboards with freshly roasted coffee from Cork’s best bean slingers, it is now.
Working from home can be a slog and a decent brew is essential for keeping morning motivation going for the daily grind – you might as well make it a good one.
With a few clicks of a mouse you could be opening the door to a delivery of rich roasted coffee to keep you in espressos, mochas, lattes and macchiatos for weeks… and giving Cork’s artisan coffee businesses a helping hand while you’re at it.
Here’s a list of all the Cork coffee crews who are roasting and posting for the foreseeable:
1. WEST CORK COFFEE
Tony is roasting to order in West Cork and his Brazilian Fazenda Sertão blend, with notes of honey, almond and chocolate, is the magic fuel that’s keeping her lit at Yay Cork HQ this week.
You can buy what you need or go the whole hog and sign up for a six-month subscription for €70. Right now you can avail of free shipping too, plus 20% off all the coffee currently listed on-site here.
2. CORK COFFEE ROASTERS
These iconic coffee slingers reopened today, serving socially-distanced takeaway coffees from 8am to 4pm on Bridge Street.
If you live outside the 2km travel limit, don’t stress; you can get your Morning Growler and Rebel Espresso from €6.50 a bag (just choose your bean style and they’ll sort you out) on their website.
3. STONE VALLEY ROASTERS
Down in Clonakilty, John and Tom’s Ashe Street café is closed for now, but they’re busy packing orders for delivery all over the country. Try the Pink Moon – a Rwandan blend with notes of lemon, peach and honey. Delicious.
You can order online here from €12 a bag.
4. RED STRAND COFFEE
These artisan coffee obsessives are continuing to fire up small-batch superior beans from progressive farmers in Clonakilty. You can order 250g and 1kg bags on their website here.
The Guatemalan blend has cupping notes of red apple, plum, milk chocolate and vanilla – try that first. If you have a fear of running out (the horror!) you can get a six-month subscription for €70, with a new coffee delivered to your door on the last week of every month.
5. THE BOOKSHELF
The Bookshelf’s South Mall café is making a come back this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (9am-3pm), offering takeout coffees, cakes and scones to people who live within 2km.
If you’re outside the city, you can order their lovely Barn coffee via their Instagram page – just pop them a private message here.
6. THREE FOOLS COFFEE
You can swing by their Grand Parade café from Thursday to Sunday from 10am to 3pm (it’s the perfect place to stop if you’re hitting the English Market for groceries) but if you’d rather not venture out, all their bestsellers are available to order at home via their website.
Head over there now and you can nab a 1kg bag of the full-bodied, fruity, chocolatey Guatemalan Volcan De Oro for a bargain €22.68 – pop some other treats in your cart too though because shipping is free over €25.
You can still swing by their Tuckey Street shop for a takeaway coffee (trust us; the socially distanced line moves fast) but if you’d rather not venture into town, just nip over to SOMA’s online shop and fill your basket from €10.50 a bag here.
All their beans are roasted in-house using their slick Giesen W6A Coffee Roaster. You can also nab a three-month subscription for €35.
Café Velo on George’s Quay might be closed for now, but caffeine addicts have been hitting their website for beans and AeroPress Coffee Makers (now is the time to buy, it’s free delivery over €50). Shop the range from €5.50 a bag here.
If you suspect you might not be using your French press correctly (spoiler alert: you probably aren’t) they’ve also got a handy tutorial here.
9. BADGER & DODO
Over on Barrack Street, Badger and Dodo is open 9am until 4pm daily while Government restrictions are in place. Aussie owner Brock is roasting beans to order in Fermoy with free delivery on all orders over €50.
If you’re looking for something to drag you out of bed on a Monday morning, we recommend the Fairy Floss (€7.94), a blend of two very different, speciality Ethiopian coffees with notes of forest fruits and dark chocolate. Order here.
10. MAHERS COFFEE
Frank is roasting his way through the lockdown in Curraghconway, Ballycurreen, Cork. With one of the most extensive ranges of coffee beans in Ireland, check out the Maher’s website for discounts for returning customers and free delivery over €30 here.
They have an excellent recipe for an iced coffee here too.
11. MR COTTON
This Cork company usually operates espresso bars and mobile cafés, but until restrictions are lifted, they’ll be biking their bags of coffee all over town.
With free delivery anywhere in Cork City for orders over €10, now is an excellent time to try out Mr Cotton’s Delta Gold (€4.75 for 250g). Email [email protected] with your order or text him on 086 385 9031. You’ll find them on Facebook here.
12. THE GOLDEN BEAN
Freshly roasted at his artisan coffee roastery in Shanagarry, Marc’s Golden Bean retail bags can be purchased via Neighbourfood.
If you like your cuppa with notes of berries, lime and pineapple, try the La Plata, Hulia from Colombia. Fancy rocket fuel to keep those ideas percolating.
13. 13D COFFEE
New kids on the block 13D are based in Rochestown and selling their freshly roasted coffee on Instagram. The Nicaraguan Light Roast looks like a winner and the Kenyan bean has a “nice traditional full-bodied coffee taste”.
Pop them a DM (Instagram.com/13dcoffeeco) to order.
14. KINSALE COFFEE
Down in Belgooly, Kinsale Coffee is now selling their Sandycove, Pier and Marina blends via their new website.
This is also a great spot to upgrade your French press or venture into Aeropress, with a starter kit for around €34.