Meet the eco-friendly coffee firm seeking to bring oysters back to Dublin bay

Sustainability objectives are no longer a ‘nice to have’ token for businesses, according to Watermark Coffee’s founders. And they’re on a mission to prove it

David Lawlor, co-founder Watermark Coffee. The project will take about 15 to 20 years before the oysters form reefs and embed themselves fully in the bay. Picture: Terry McDonagh

What’s the link between coffee and a healthy ocean? There isn’t one, really. But that hasn’t stopped avid scuba divers David and Marguerite Lawlor, co-founders of Watermark Coffee, from embarking upon an ambitious project to reseed Dublin Bay with oysters.

The eco-focused coffee company, based out of Citywest in Dublin, has spent the last few years planning for and reintroducing a long-lost aquatic species to Dublin – the European flat oyster, funding the work through ...