Full Circle Roasters Jacobs Inn Hostel 21-28 Talbot Street Dublin 1 facebook.com/fcroaster
Heading into a hostel for a coffee doesn’t feel like the most natural thing to do in your hometown, but a good cup of coffee is always worth seeking out. When I heard Full Circle Roasters had set up a coffee bar in Jacobs Inn Hostel just off Talbot St, I was curious about how a specialty coffee bar would fit into a busy hostel.
Jacobs Inn, which is on one of the lanes that connects Busáras to Talbot Street, is a modern hostel positioning itself in the trendy youth hostel market. The decor is a mix of dark woods, loud oranges and lime greens.
As I sip on a perfect flat white and chat to Brian Birdy about his Full Circle Roasters, a continuous flow of young travellers mill through the lobby, while others sit on their suitcases conserving energy before heading off to their next destination.
Birdy and his business partner David Smyth, who also owns specialty coffee shop Ebb & Flow in Clontarf, took the opportunity to give Full Circle Roasters a home by setting up a coffee bar in the lobby of the hostel. They are right around the corner from Laine, My Love, Fergus Brown’s new coffee spot, which means Talbot Street has gone from no decent coffee to two decent coffee merchants in a matter of months.
One of Birdy’s baristas, Natalia, prepares my flat white using single origin beans from Altos de Erapuca in Honduras, roasted by Birdy himself just a week earlier.
“Everything we know, other people know,” he says about Full Circle Roasters’ approach to being an open source for coffee knowledge. “We just want totransfer that knowledge to our customers. We want to bridge the gap between geekery and accessible cups of coffee.”
Currently, Full Circle Roasters at Jacobs Inn is just focusing on coffee and cakes (check out its coffee and cake deal for ¤5) but it also plans to do sandwiches in the coming weeks. Its cakes are from the fantastic Camerino bakery on Capel Street and its teas from Wall & Keogh on South Richmond Street, so there is no doubt the sandwiches will