The Glass House, 11 Coke Lane, Smithfield, Dublin 7. urbanitycoffee.ie Tucked away on the lane that leads to the back door of Ryan’s Pub in Smithfield is a coffee shop and small-batch roaster, Urbanity. The design is minimal and the space is ample. It’s equipped with shiny gadgets from innovative Irish coffee technology company Marco and there’s a Probat coffee roaster in the corner of the cafe, surveying the scene. When it comes to beans, these folks mean business.
Urbanity buy their green beans from a supplier in Norway, who buys them direct trade from coffee farmers around the world. On my visit, I drink a flat white (¤3 here in Urbanity) made from a Brazilian bean that has been roasted on the other side of the room. It has a distinctively nutty flavour; the tasting notes say marzipan and almond, but my palate is not well enough versed in the world of coffee flavours to pick up on