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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

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