These were the three coffee options available in the majority of Cork City's cafés over a decade ago – and this was during the Central Perk era! Sipping a cappuccino was considered ever so fashionable, George Clooney fueled a sexy Nespresso craze, few knew what a barista was and the café culture in Cork was still very much in its infancy. In recent times, a new movement of independent cafes has ignited momentum across the city. Post-recessionary Cork City has firmly earned a credible reputation as a city of quality, independently operated cafés. This movement has been driven by some independent cafés celebrating home grown micro-roasters while others base their café offerings on trends in bigger cosmopolitan cities.
Local Cork roasters including: Cork Coffee Roasters, Badger & Dodo and The Golden Bean are seeing their roasts used by some of Ireland's most talented baristas. While leading names internationally in the coffee world such as Tim Wendelboe travel to Cork to give talks and cupping sessions. A walk down Cork City has seen old closed dilapidated buildings transformed into very trendy coffee bars serving a variety of blends, a takeaway coffee cup is the new fashionable accessory en-route to work and the bearded barista is considered the coolest job in town.