Is This The Most Affordable Coffee In Dublin City ?
Words: Shamim de Brún
Images: George Voronov
Get ready guys, gals and gays. We’ve stumbled upon what could be the Holy Grail of inexpensive coffee in the heart of Dublin City. A small Americano in Doppio Zero on Liffey Street is just €2.50. That’s about 80c cheaper than most spots in the city. At the moment, that is genuinely the bargain of all bargains.
The magic of this cheap cup of pretty good coffee — which more highfalutin’ coffee shops seem to sell for three quid minimum — is multi-faceted. One, there is no greater joy in this cost of living crisis than finding an affordable coffee on your walk to work. It gives a little pep. We feel like we have found the secret to surviving.
Two, it stops us from having to make our own when we’re rushing. Trying to bring the coffee from home is all well and good but some mornings you just plain don’t have the time. And what kind of self-proclaimed cheapskate buys spenny Nespresso pods? As the mornings continue to darken, let Doppio Zero bring some light to your life in the form of a stalwart, affordable coffee.
Three, as a nation we love a bargain. If we think that something could have been better, we feel bad; and if we think that something could have been worse, we feel good by comparison. So when we buy something at a great discount, it is easy to compare our situation to the alternative scenario of paying full price — and we feel fantastic.
Doppio Zero’s pitch is about making good coffee as accessible as it is in Italy. The average coffee drinker believes their only choice is to spend that three-plus quid or make their own. But a drive-by coffee is part of Italian culture. In fact, it’s because of the Italians, that we have a coffee culture at all.
Speaking of Doppio Zero, the coffee isn’t just about affordability; it’s about a rich, bittersweet flavour crafted from 100% Arabica beans. Italian roasts, known for their darkness, are often misunderstood in comparison to their more modern counterparts.
The Italian roast is a journey into the deep, dark side of coffee. These beans undergo a longer roasting process, resulting in exceptionally oily and dark beans that have experienced the infamous second crack. The robust flavour profile is both sweet and charred, making it the go-to for a perfect espresso shot, or Americano.
The intensified colour and oiliness make it the ideal choice for the Americano, where a 2:1 water-to-espresso ratio delivers an indistinguishable taste from regular coffee but packs an extra punch.
So, there you have it—the not-so-hidden gem of Dublin’s coffee scene. Doppio Zero is serving up affordability and an homage to the Italian coffee culture from whense they came. In a city where every penny counts, this €2.50 cuppa might just be the hero your wallet needs. Cheers to accessible coffee, vibrant mornings, and a budget-friendly sip in the heart of Dublin.