The Beautiful Cup

The Beautiful Cup

Colin Harmon used to tell his friends that he planned to build a career in coffee: they’d laugh, as Irish coffee culture didn’t exist yet. Now that his coffee company 3fe roasts two tons of beans a year and has helped create a nation of coffee lovers, his next move is into casual dining, namely at Gertrude in Pearse Street, writes Gillian Nelis

It’s a windy morning in Dublin, and at a table outside 3fe, I’m discussing the curious – to us, at least – dating habits of Ireland’s young people with the café’s owner, Colin Harmon.

“Young people go on dates now. Isn’t that gas? I’m 36 and I’ve never been on a date in my life,” says Harmon, who is married with three small children. “When I was a kid, dating was something Americans...

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