First Ambassadors’ Club members announced at World of Coffee Dublin
Finalists for Ambassadors' Club at World of Coffee Dublin have now been announced, following "extremely high" standard of entrants
25 April 2016 | 0
In 2015, SCAE Ireland launched the Ambassador’s Club, an exciting and innovative new programme whereby approximately 30 of the best cafes, restaurants, hotels and bars serving speciality coffee in Dublin would be chosen as finalists and supported through a detailed range of training and marketing initiatives.
The vision was to establish Dublin as one of the world’s greatest coffee destinations in time for the World of Coffee event this coming June and to create a lasting legacy that would benefit the city long beyond the staging of World of Coffee. The standard of entrants proved extremely high and the eagerly anticipated finalists have been announced. They are:
- Keoghs Cafe
- Twobeans Speciality Coffee Bar
- River Café
- Fallon & Byrne
- Irish Whiskey Museum
- O’Connells in Donnybrook
- O’Callaghan Stephens Green Hotel
- Chapter One
- Café Tri Via
- Fresca Restaurant (Formerly known as Pasta Fresca)
- KC Peaches
- Blu Apple
- Delisle Taverns Ltd(Brannigans)
- Bewley’s at Arnotts
- Grove Road
- HMSHost Dublin Airport
- Joe’s Coffee
- Metro Cafes Ltd
- Morrison Hotel
- Science Gallery Cafe
- Fitzwilliam Hotel
- Silverskin Coffee Roasters
- Kay’s Kitchen
- Vice Coffee Inc
- Tamp & Stitch
- Butlers Chocolate Café
With support from Dublin Town, the process started in May 2015, when hospitality operators across the city were invited to apply to become a World of Coffee Ambassador and help to inspire coffee excellence. Nearly 60 outlets applied and the thorough auditing process began late last year. The process involved off-site training days, a one-to-one on-site training session along with three on-site audits completed by Jon Skinner, independent barista trainer.
According to SCAE, the commitment and passion of the hotels, restaurants, bars and cafes that make up the ambassadors is guaranteeing that Dublin will resonate as a quality coffee destination not to be rivaled with. It also highlights the trend across the foodservice sector for the need to improve the quality of an establishment’s coffee offering.
Auditor Jon Skinner said he felt “privileged” to have been involved and praised the commitment of the ambassadors, noting: “It goes without saying that the outlets have invested heavily in the Ambassadors Club, and there have been three new espresso machines, five new grinders and changes in their roasters.”
The finalists will now be promoted on the World of Coffee 2016 website, mobile app and promotional material which will showcase some of Dublin’s best coffee locations. Dublin Town will also be supporting each of the establishment’s achievement by publishing window decals to showcase their accomplishment in completing the programme. The successful ambassadors will be publicised to all World of Coffee visitors and also circulated in Ireland through media partners.
World of Coffee Dublin will be held at the RDS from 23 – 25 June 2016. To register for tickets, visit www.worldofcoffee-dublin.com.