Brew Box X Cloud Picker March 31st

Our March tasting saw us collaborate with Brew Box - a new coffee subscription service and one of Dublins best know roasters - Cloud Picker for an exciting tasting event.

Brew Box is a monthly coffee subscription service that was launched in late 2018 by Roisin Culligan - a passionate barista that earned her stripes working in many of Dublins best cafes.  As a Brew Box subscriber, you receive freshly roasted coffee from some of Irelands best know speciality roasters at the beginning of each month - delivered straight to your door.

For the April drop - Brew Box teamed up with Cloud Picker coffee based in Dublin's docklands. Cloud Picker was established in 2013 by Frank Kavanagh & Peter Sztal. Having worked in graphic design and corporate banking respectively, they took the leap and opened up their own coffee roastery. The name Cloud Picker came from their trip to Northern Thailand where they visited a coffee farm in the Doi Chang area on the Thai / Burma border and where they went up through the clouds to see the coffee pickers! 

Cloud Picker was Dublin City’s first micro coffee roastery. The team hand roast to order on their esteemed Giesen roaster on Sheriff street, and also run their café at the Science Gallery ( on Pearse Street.

Head Roaster James and Wholesale Manager Mike from Cloud Picker took us through their current portfolio - with a coffee cupping of origins that included Brazil, Honduras, Colombia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Thailand.

To finish Roisin offered brewing demonstrations for all those avid home baristas looking to get the most from their beans - taking us through the perfect home brewing techniques for the French Press, Aero Press and mastering recipes for Nespresso compatible capsules.

Lovely buzz and thanks to all for coming!

Next event details coming soon!

Tom Stafford

We were thrilled to have Brian & Darren from Silverskin Roasters to Vice for a special event focusing on the intricate art of coffee roasting. Founded by Brian Kenny who has over 20 years experience in the coffee industry - Silverskin is one of Dublins best known roasters - supplying numerous cafes all over Ireland.

Brian represented Ireland in the World Cupping Championships 2006 and in the following years Brian opened the iconic Coffee Kiosk in Ballsbridge. The premium grab and go coffee outlet was Ireland’s original and smallest Micro-Roastery and at 37 sq ft was probably the smallest roastery in the world!

Brian and Darren talked about how Silverskin sources coffee and their approach to roasting at their new roastery in Glasnevin giving participants a basic understanding of the roasting process, including the roast cycle and how to control sensory aspects of the coffee by roasting light or dark.

Using an Ikawa sample roaster - the guys sample roasted some coffees onsite to give participants some insight into the complex world of roasting. As part of the tasting and demo - we looked at the effect roast profile has on taste and flavour - by cupping green, under roasted, over roasted and optimal roasted coffee beans.

To finish we cupped the current range of coffees from Silverskin - featuring origins like Colombia, Ethiopia, El Salvador, Tanzania, Brazil and others.

Whopper event - thanks to all for coming and to Silverskin for such an insightful event!

Tom Stafford
CARROW COFFEE - Intro to Sensory Analysis and Cupping - Sunday Jan 27th

Super pumped to feature one of Ireland’s newest roasters for our first tasting event of the year!

We’ll have Andrew & Paola in from Carrow Coffee to talk us through their current range of coffees - featuring origins like Ethiopia, Congo, Guatemala & Brazil!

Andrew is one of Ireland’s 6 Q graders and will give us an insight into sensory analysis - delving into the fascinating role of aromas and flavours when evaluating coffees!

All attendees will get a bag of coffee from Carrow to take home with them after the tasting!

Places are super limited so that each participant has plenty of time to complete the sensory skills exercises!

Taking place on Sunday Jan 27th from 11am

Grab ur tix thru the following link

Tom Stafford
Xmas Coffee Cupping with Bailies - Dec 12th at 6pm (NB - LATER START TIME!)
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Join us next Wednesday Dec 12th for our last cupping of 2018 with one of our all time favourite Irish roasters - Bailies. 

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We'll have Celeste, Stephen & Ross from Bailies all down to talk us through some really special coffees that feature on their current mirco-lot list. There'll be crowd favourites like the Kenyan Kianderi & Ethiopia Yirgacheffe alongside a brand new Guatemalan Cup of Excellence winner - El Limonar.

Entry is free - just sign up here and if you come early - you might just grab yourself a lil’ irish Coffee and mince pie!

See you next Wednesday from 6pm

Tom & the Vice Crew

Tom Stafford
Coffee & Cocktails with Dan Fellows - Nov 21st

We had an incredible evening with Origin Coffee Roasters and Dan Fellows on Wednesday Nov 21st.

Dan Fellows - fresh from his recent win at the World Coffee In Good Spirits Champs in Belo Horizonte, Brazil was joined by Dan O’Regan, European Wholesale manger for Origin - for a cupping of their current coffee portfolio. We were lucky enough to taste some wonderful coffees from Colombia, Nicaragua, Honduras, Kenya and a special release washed Geisha from Panama.

After the cupping Dan jumped behind the bar & ran a pop up coffee cocktail bar showcasing 2 of his drinks from his routine in Brazil. His menu featured the Kyushiki - a Japanese Old Fashioned with Hibiki, plum liqueur, Jasmine cold infusion, Cachaca, Dark muscovado sugar syrup & lemon juice paired with a chilled espresso of the Finca San Antonio, Semi-washed, Red Pacamara, El Salvador.

The second drink was the perfect cure for a cold and wet winters evening - the Caribbean Irish Coffee made with Balvenie 14yo ‘Caribbean Cask’ whiskey, Chivas Regal, Light muscovado sugar syrup, Coconut palm sugar syrup, organic double cream & a brew of the Finca La Huella, Natural, Yellow Pacamara, Nicaragua.

An absolute pleasure to have the lads from Origin Coffee Roasters over & so great to try Dan’s winning coffees - a true speciality coffee champion!

We have loads of epic coffees from Origin Coffee Roasters still in stock - so swing by and pick up a bag!

Next event - BAILIES COFEEE BELFAST - Dec 12th for a cupping at 5.30pm - with Celeste Owens and Stephen Houston - bring you XXXmas cheer!!!

Tom Stafford
Best of Irish Cupping - Saturday October 20th

The longest ever cupping table of Irish Roasted Coffee ever seen - was a feast for the senses! We had 2 coffees from 19 Roasters from all across the island of Ireland.

A wonderful event - with some incredible coffees from across the globe! A truly phenomenal job by all the roasters who sent us in coffee for the event.

Above we have a few pics from the event - head over to our facebook page for the rest of the pics & get tagging!

Thanks so much to Anna from Dublin Drinks Coffee for taking some awesome snaps!

Next event coming up on November 21st with Origin Roasters (Cornwall, London, UK) - full details to follow soon!

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Dublins Coffee Scene - Breakfast Panel Discussion - Oct 18th

Many thanks to all that attended the recent breakfast panel discussion about Dublins Coffee Scene.

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We had a great team of industry experts brimming with all sorts of stories about Dublins Coffee Scene since Bewleys was established back in 1840. Originally set up as tea merchants - the Bewleys legacy has seen many chapters over the last 178 years. Luighsighe Kenny from Bewleys - gave us some wonderful insights into the recent reopening of their flagship store on Grafton St which underwent massive renovations over the last 4 years.


Deemed the grandfather of Specialty Coffee in Dublin - Karl Purdy is one of the most influential men in coffee in the city. Many baristas have earned their stripes working for Karl - in many of his coffee carts and more recent brick and mortar stores over the years. Started in 2004 - Coffee Angel has become the most successful speciality coffee chains in the city - with 5 stores - the most recent in the IFSC.


One of Karl’s proteges - Niall Wynn is no stranger to Dublins Coffee Scene. A previous manager of a few Coffee Angel locations - Niall opened Proper Order in Smithfield in 2016 and not long afterwards claiming the title of Irish Barista Champion. Now along with his wife Ali - the current Irish Brewers Cup Champion they are planning on opening their second location in Smithfield in early 2019.


The last few years we see numerous cafes & speciality roasters increasing in the city as the demand for the flat white seeps into mainstream high street coffee shops. Another man to work in many cafes around the city - Brian Birdy - launched his own micro roastery called Full Circle in 2016.

The future sees many threats and opportunities as we enter into the unknown with Brexit looming less than 6 months away. A great event - with load of wonderful stories and insights from our panelists. Thanks to our emcee Stephen Mullan for providing the banter and all proceeds from tickets sales for the event were donated to Inner City Helping Homeless -

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2018 marks the inaugural year of the newest festival to hit the streets of Dublin. With over 50 cafes, bars, restaurants and hotels taking part this year, its a wonderful way to experience the city through this gastronomic programme.


The DublinTown Food and Drink Festival is taking place this year from October 15th - October 21st. So many amazing cafes, bars, restaurants and hotels are all taking part by hosting incredible events or creating bespoke dishes, drinks and menus.

We’ll be hosting 2 events during the festival week.

  1. A Panel Discussion about Dublins Coffee Scene

    Thurs October 18th - 8.00am

    Join us for a panel discussion about Dublins booming coffee scene with a panel of industry movers and shakers.

    This panel discussion chaired by Stephen Mullan - a familiar face to Dublins coffee scene - will trace the history and origins of coffee in the city. We'll look at the recent wave of Independent Speciality cafes and the overwhelming success of the international coffee chains in the city. Looking forward - we'll try and identify any opportunities / threats facing Dublin's coffee scene due to rising rents and Brexit!

    We'll also have a cupping of the new portfolio of coffees from Full Circle Roasters after the panel discussion at 9.30am

    On the panel;

    Karl Purdy - Coffee Angel - Managing director / owner

    Col Cambpell - Bewleys Grafton St - Managing director

    Niall Wynn - Proper Order - Owner

    Brian Birdy - Full Circle Coffee Roasters - Head Roaster & Owner 

    Price €5 - tix available


  2. Tasting Irelands Best Coffees

    Sat Oct 20th - 11.00am

    Join us to cup and taste a selection of the world’s finest coffees that have been roasted by some of Ireland’s best roasters. We’ll have coffees from a number of the most notable roasters in the country including 3FE, Roasted Brown, Cloud Picker, Full Circle, Calendar, Soma, Bailie’s & more. This will be the largest selection of Irish roasted coffees ever tasted together in one room – an event not to be missed for any coffee fan!


Tom Stafford