Insiders Guide to Dublin : Jenn Rugolo / Tamper Tantrum


In the first of our series, ‘Insiders Guide to Dublin’, we’ve picked the brains of coffee-event-podcast organisational extraordinaire, Jenn Rugolo of Tamper Tantrum. She may have been born in Annapolis, Maryland, but her 4 years in Dublin more than qualifies her as an expert travel writer – which is essentially what we’ve asked of her.

In 2015, Jenn was brought in to sort out the mess Colin and Stephen had created and has helped bring to life the mission to provide regular informative and inspiring content through podcasts, recorded talks from live events, and awkward one-on-ones in hotel rooms. Now hailed as “one of the world’s premier platforms for coffee bickering, brainstorming, and live speaking engagements,” Tamper Tantrum is certainly the go-to for all things Colin, i mean coffee.




Fish Shop
, Smithfield (Dublin 7)
Tiny restaurant (16 seats!) with a tiny menu that changes weekly, serving impeccable, super-fresh local seafood. I’ve yet to find a clunker on their menu here—everything is amazing—but their fried oysters and Fillet O Fish Shop are the stuff of legends. They don’t take bookings, but their garden area is available for private hire: if you want to make sure you can get a seat during WBC week, this might be your best bet.

Gruel Guerrilla, Temple Bar (Dublin 2)
Rumour has it that Kevin Powell will be hosting at least one of his infamous secret suppers during WBC week. Hidden in the unlikeliest of places—Kev’s cozy flat in Temple Bar—the suppers are your best chance to taste some of Ireland’s finest produce, as they’re based around whatever ingredients he sources from his extensive network of local producers earlier that week. Banter is included, but not beverages: BYOB.




Dingle Whiskey Bar, Nassau Street (Dublin 2)
A wall of whiskeys and knowledgeable staff—what more could you want?

The Black Sheep, Capel Street (Dublin 7)
When in doubt, go to The Black Sheep—solid craft beer selection and, as the lads at 3FE would say, “vibez.”




Bunsen, Wexford St (Dublin 2)
Straight-up burger joint with the world’s shortest menu—there are now three locations, but the original (Wexford St) is the best, as they still grind fresh Irish beef to order. Be prepared to queue if you’re going at a standard mealtime.

Juniors, Beggars Bush (Dublin 2)
Lunchtime service at Juniors is a thing to behold—have your money ready before you’ve joined the queue and make sure you’ve had a look at the menu well before you order one of their stupidly delicious NYC-deli style sandwiches.




3FE, Grand Canal Dock (Dublin 2)
Do I really need to explain this one?

Proper Order, Smithfield (Dublin 7)
The two lads who run the place have a near cult-following of regulars that they’ve amassed as they moved from shop to shop simply by being sound. Mostly Square Mile with some guest roasters from far afield; if you’re lucky, you might even be able to find one of Gruel Guerrilla’s Nutmeg Custard Cream doughnuts on the green tiles near the till.




The Marker, Grand Canal Dock (Dublin 2)
Split the difference between being close to the venue and being close to city centre: the Marker is located in the heart of Dublin’s so-called “silicon docks” with an impressive view from the roof-top bar. Plus, you’re only around the corner from 3FE! Coffee on the way to the RDS, anyone?

The Dylan, Ballsbridge (Dublin 4)
Boutique hotel within walking distance of the RDS.




IMMA, Kilmainham (Dublin 8)
Housed in the 17th century Royal Hospital Kilmainham, the Irish Museum of Modern Art is home to Ireland’s National Collection of Modern Art as well as a variety of visiting exhibits from outside Ireland. If you’ve got a sunny day spare, go for the formal gardens and medieval burial grounds outside.

Drury/Exchequer Street (Dublin 2)
Home to beautiful shops and things of interest: Industry & CoIrish Design ShopCocoa AtelierFallon & ByrneThe Powerscourt Centre, and The George’s Street Arcade.

Cup Not Included: Amsterdam, 2015

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I’ll be honest… I’m really not sure where to start with this poster. A padlocked Hario pouring kettle come bicycle saddle with hand poking out from the underside is flanked by an umbrella-covered, key-containing AeroPress, perched on a set of scales with cigarette lighters, leaves and a sparrow all adjacent. What does it all mean? I have no idea.

But whatever the design brief, it’s a creatively agile mind that processed it and spat out this poster. And that mind belongs to the Dutch artist, Resuk, who created the poster for the 2014 Dutch AeroPress Championship. Ralf Resuk is better known for his work in illustration and fashion, but we’re stoked he turned his hand the promotion of competitive coffee brewing in this instance.

I have a print of this poster hanging in my office, and spend at least a few minutes staring at it each day. Eventually, I’ll work it out.


Meet : Joyce Klassen of Baratza

At first glance, one might imagine Baratza to be just a simple coffee grinder manufacturer. If you’ve been around coffee on any level – from home brewer to enthusiast to barista to cafe owner, you already know the Baratza name — they’re everywhere. But those in the know have discovered there’s more than meets the eye with this coffee grinder manufacturer. The World AeroPress Championship has partnered with the wonderful folks at Baratza, and we wanted to tell you all about them — particularly one woman who not only acts as the Marketing Director, but carries much of the heart and soul of the company by connecting with the coffee community. Here we introduce you to Joyce Klassen.


When we asked Joyce to tell us what her job title was, she put it into air quotes. “I’m technically the ‘Marketing Manager’ but that’s such a corporate title and we’re so not corporate,” she said. “A lot of what I do is community work. I’m the eyes and the ears of Baratza. I’m paying attention to how we as a company listen and pay attention to what our customers are doing, what they want, and what’s going on in the industry.”

About 5 years ago, after having spent portions of her career in software and HR Consulting, Joyce found herself talking with a friend (co-founder Kyra Kennedy) about helping with a coffee catering project, and it resulted in Baratza asking her to be in a part time position, focusing on social media, just as social media was exploding. As the company has grown, her role there grew with it. “When I say I’m ‘Marketing’ I have no background in that — my job has evolved and I’m here to support our community. Nothing is scripted. That’s the great thing about Baratza — If we’re getting the message across and supporting our customers, we know we’re doing a good job,” she told us. “We don’t sweat the small stuff. We aren’t getting caught up with the ‘right’ wording and logo placement — we aren’t a marketing machine — thank God!”

Baratza was co-founded by Kyle Anderson (Chief Engineer and Product Designer) and Kyra Kennedy (Operations). “One of the cool things about us is that we’re a fairly virtually run company,” Joyce explained. She lives in the Bay area and works from home. Kyra also works from home in a neighboring town near the Bay, and Kyle’s home in Bellevue, Washington serves as the Seattle-area office where they also have warehouse space. “The fact that we’re a virtual company works for everybody. We’re small, yet we design, manufacture, support, and run a grinder company on an international level without losing sight of who we are. Kyle and Kira have been great leaders in setting an example of a great work life and style.” Joyce continued to tell us about Baratza’s company values: “We don’t want to operate like a big corporate company. I love that this lends itself to being able to focus on family and travel. I don’t have to ‘show up’ anywhere at a certain time, I just have to do my job well.”

We were excited to find out what her homelife consists of, and it’s no wonder that Joyce has a passion for travel, food, and wine. Joyce grew up in Ireland (we’ve been lucky to hear her lilting, Irish accent throughout this interview and our time working together), and prior to her life in the Bay area, she has lived in London, Australia, and with her husband and children in Chicago. “We love the Bay area. It has everything: climate, food, coffee, wine. The ocean, the mountains, it just has so much going on,” she told us. “I’m very into food and things that have to do with taste.” We asked what she does outside of work, and she laughed, “I like to tell people my sport is cooking and eating.” She went on to list all the blessings of middle-California — The Farmer’s Markets, the access to fresh produce year-round, and it being a diverse melting pot of so many types of people. “I sometimes forget what a bubble we live in, but I feel fortunate to live in this bubble. It’s a great place to raise a family. I like to tell my kids ‘we’re on an adventure,’ and to be open to the possibilities of what life hands us. That’s how I ended up here.”

Joyce told us more about the food. She loves cooking and the produce she has available to her lends itself to experimentation and being able to try new and inventive recipes all the time. “We had friends visit from Ireland and I hosted a big party – for snacking I bought oceans of tomatoes, big, small, heirloom…I simply drizzled them with olive oil, basil and sea salt and they’re still talking about it.” One of her recent favorite cookbook authors is Yotam Ottolenghi, out of the UK. “My theme right now is the Otto approach. He serves mostly vegetarian – his partner is Israeli and he uses a lot of fantastic spices and yogurt.” We could tell we’d hit a sweet spot when Joyce rattled off a recipe she’d recently created on her own using broccoli rabe, spring garlic, Persian lime curry rub, leg of lamb, Swiss chard, sumac, and kefir.


“I love nothing more than having a huge party and watching people meet new people and engaging in great conversations, while eating great food and drinking great wine!” Joyce went on enthusiastically. “People who are into coffee are also into food and wine. There is a great crossover of interests. We travel quite a bit and always ask our sellers where we should be eating. We get all these recommendations — that’s one thing I love about coffee: Wherever you are, there’s a community of likeminded people.”

Having learned so much about Joyce and what makes her tick, we had to ask her about AeroPress competitions and what it means to be supporting our endeavors. “What we love about the WAC’s is that it’s the freeform of a really simple product that pulls both coffee professionals and enthusiasts onto a level playing field. That isn’t something available with Barista Championships and Brewers Cup,” Joyce explained with ease. “We [Baratza] also go with our own flow in the industry, and we do what feels right for our customers. We’ve always observed people’s enthusiasm for how approachable AeroPress is. And people who use AeroPress to brew also use Baratza to grind, so we go hand in hand.” Joyce also explained co-founders Kyle and Kyra have also been longtime friends of [AeroPress Inventor] Alan Adler and his family, and noted the similarities between AeroPress and Baratza. “We like to say wherever you are in your journey we have a grinder for you. You can also journey with an AeroPress. Some start with the receipe Alan gives in the package, and many grow and change how they go about brewing with it as they travel in their coffee journey.”

Another way AeroPress and Baratza complement each other, is the niche that each have found within the specialty coffee industry. “Over the last 5 years we’ve become the home grinder of choice of baristas, roasters, and cafe [owners]. That’s why we support coffee competitions — it’s our way of giving back to those who have helped build our brand and who do that on a daily basis. Sure, we’re sold in Crate & Barrel and Williams Sonoma, but it’s the smaller companies in specialty coffee who recommend us to customers every day,” Joyce explained. Baratza is also listening to what specialty coffee wants. Joyce gave a few examples: “We became the first grinder to grind by weight, by talking to baristas, roasters, and cafe owners. Cafes also started asking us for this feature for a commercial grade grinder, which is why we developed the Forte.” She also put a strong emphasis on service that Baratza provides. “You can’t open up other grinders – [if they break] they go into a landfill. But Baratza has customers with 10 year old grinders who are able to use our troubleshooting guides and availability of parts if there is a need for repair.” (


Baratza also has a strong concern for recognizing challenges faced by women working in coffee at origin. “Kyra and I especially have an interest in supporting IWCA, Grounds For Health, and Cafe Feminino.” Joyce told us. “It’s so easy to say ‘oh yea, we do grinders’ and then realize you’re just a small part of this massive industry — our lives are so different from what women deal with in other parts of the world. We understand where women are involved in any aspect of the growing of the community where they are, things tend to be successful and focused, so we like to look at what we can to do help that growth.”

Hopefully now you’ve gotten to see just a slice of Baratza and Joyce Klassen — and why we recognize there’s more to this grinder company than meets the eye.

Café Feminino
IWCA Women in Coffee
Grounds for Health

2016 Colombian AeroPress Championship


One of the longest supporters of the AeroPress Championship, Luis Vélez of Amor Perfecto, will this year host the 2016 Colombian AeroPress Championship. Ever since Luis judged during the 2010 World AeroPress Championships in London, he has been a part or supported the competition in some way, and we’re excited to have him involved in 2016.

Alejandro Renjifo of Fairfield Trading is another favourite Colombian of ours, will be supplying the green coffee for the competition. Not only does he have beautiful green coffee and fantastic relationships will many farms in Colombia, but he’s often the life of the party. There are many stories we have, spanning multiple cities, to prove this. The coffee is from the Asociación Los Naranjos de San Agustín, Huila. It’s a traditional fully-washed coffee, sun-dried in green-house raised drying beds.


Competition: Colombia
Hosted By: Amor Perfecto
Where: Unión Libre Café Calle 119B # 5-37
Calle 119B # 5-37 Bogotá

When: 3pm, Saturday 14 May 2016
Competitors: 30
Cost: COP 80
Entry: Google Forms
Sponsors: La Alqueria
Amor Perfecto
Federación Nacional de Cafeteros
Fairfield Trading
Toma Café
La Marzocco
Judges:  Andres Elizalde
Federico Bobbio
Amado Álvarez
More information…

2016 Mexican AeroPress Championship


Once again, the lovely people at Cafe Shunuc will be hosting the Mexican AeroPress Championships. Last year, they had the wonderful Ximena Rubio take first place and she flew the flag for Mexico in Seattle last year for the World AeroPress Championships.

Once again, and the most interesting thing to note, is that Mexico is investing in their barista future by adding a parallel event for kids! Last year, there were some very enthusiastic minors interested, the underage event, with 6 kids competing aged from between 14 to 16 years old, managed to display some great skills with excellent results in the cups. Let’s hope there are even more this year!


Competition: Mexico
Hosted By: Cafe Oriental
Cafe Shunuc
Bunn O Matic
Cafe Odin
Mariachi Espresso
4 Elementos cafe
Where: 12 de Octubre 5,
Jardines del Sur, 16050
Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico

When: Saturday 14 May 2016
Competitors: 27
Cost: TBC
Sponsors: Cafe Oriental
Cafe Shunuc
Bunn O Matic
Cafe Odin
Mariachi Espresso
4 Elementos cafe
Judges:  Clemente Santiago Paz / “Q” Grader Ndutte Cafe
Gerardo Vazquez / “Q” Grader Cafe Oriental
Israel Perez Stone / “Q” Grader Cafe Malinche
Jose Luis Muñoz Guerrero / “Q” Grader Cafe Shunuc
Roberto Vazquez / “Q” Grader Cafe Oriental
Alfredo Luna / Roaster 4 Elementos Cafeteria 
More information…


Cup Not Included: Chicago, 2016


He’s back! Not content to stop at one AeroPress poster in his portfolio, David Salinas has elbowed his way to the front and whipped up another artistic masterpiece for his plunge-adoring public. This offering is in stark contrast to his hand-sketched, locked-in-a-cabin-in-the-woods style World Championship poster of 2015, featuring a silhouetted cityscape and bold block lettering, befitting Chicago’s proud art deco inspired past.

And for some reason a vaguely John Hodgman-esque character overseeing it all.

From the intricacies and obsessive details of his drafting table design, to the bold, headlining art deco style seen here, David’s consummate skill is perhaps matched only by the range that he also commands so well. And he’s a pleasure to work with… I dare say we’ll see more AeroPress artworks coming from this stable!

This time David’s work was to promote the 2016 Midwest Regional AeroPress Championship, held at Everybody’s Coffee in Chicago, USA, which from all reports was a fantastic event.


2016 Czech AeroPress Championship


Is it a robot holding a lightsaber? Is it a conductor holding a baton? Is it some kind of automated AeroPress machine? Is it a level crossing gate? Or are we missing something here? In any case, it’s exciting to see the Czech AeroPress for 2016 all set to go. Pretty interesting to see Illy and Russell Hobbs as sponsors too, good to see them on board. We’re impressed with the location of the event too, the beautiful Malostanska Beseda Malostaranske in Prague.


Competition: Czech
Hosted By: Coffee Chamber of Czech Republic
Where: Malostanska Beseda Malostaranske nam. 35/21
Prague 1 11000
Czech Republic

When: 9:30am, Saturday 7 May 2016
Competitors: 54
Cost: CZK 500
Sponsors: Russell Hobbs
ikona coffee
La Boheme Cafe
Judges:  Adela Machova
Michela Paselekova
Honza Spalek
Ondrej Kaftan
Vladimir Sojka
Zdenek Smrcka
More information…

2016 Ecuador AeroPress Championship


Not even a recent natural disaster will stop Café Vélez and the Asociación de Baristas Profesionales del Ecuador putting together the 2016 Ecuador AeroPress Championship – the first in the country. Even though many of their sponsors were affected by the earthquake, they’ve still been generous enough to support the event and to ensure the Ecuadorian champion flies to Dublin to compete.

Productor Pepe Jijón (Cosecha del Embajador) of Finca La Soledad in Río Intag – Imbabura, has produced a washed red caturra for the event. The 2014 World AeroPress Championship coffee was also a coffee from Ecuador; a delicious fully washed Cesarion from Perla Chiquita, supplied by Cafe Imports.


Competition: Ecuador
Hosted By: Café Vélez
Asociación de Baristas Profesionales del Ecuador
Where: Av. Interoceánica Francisco de Orellana esq
Quito, Pichincha 170525

When: 12pm, Saturday 7 May 2016
Competitors: 27
Cost: USD 35
Sponsors: Café Vélez
Asociación de Baristas Profesionales del Ecuador
Quito Turismo
Paseo San Francisco
Lucia Coffee Shop
Los 3 Monjes
Cielito Tranquilo
La Cosecha del Embajador
Sierra Bella
The Coffee Spot
Judges:  Audrey Claeys / Veco Andino
Lupe Rogel / Finca La Perla Negra
Galo Morales / Caravela
Nelson Gusqui / Corban Coffee Shop
Karla Echeverría / Uma Café
Xavier Novillo / La Pizca Café
Vinicio Bastidas / Cafelogía
Muricio Rosero / El Quinde Café
Ana Lucia Palacios / El Quinde Café
More information…


Cup Not Included: Seattle, 2015

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“Oh, I’m a bit particular.” / “Yeah, I’m quite obsessive.” / “I’m all about the details, you see.”

We’ve all heard it – people congratulating themselves after having straightened a napkin or adjusted a painting hanging slightly crooked. You want to see obsessive? You want to talk details, friend? Next time, rebuke them thoroughly and hit them with this:

  • One promotional poster
  • Tens of thousands of individual lines
  • Painstakingly measured and drawn by hand
  • Over 170 hours (that’s a whole week, no breaks) at the drafting table
  • And the lives of five micron pens claimed in the process

That’s the main show of attention to detail. That’s what counts as obsessive. Adjusting a napkin is merely watching from the sidelines.


When we asked David Salinas of Department of Brewology to whip us up a poster for the World Championship in Seattle, 2015 we had no idea he would lose his mind completely, bunker down for a whole week of drawing time and produce this masterpiece. But we sure are glad he did.

David is an illustrator by trade, though self-identifies as a recovering barista. Eon’s ago David worked extensively as a barista with about 8 years of experience under his belt. We don’t know what kind of barista he was, but we’re confident he’s found his rightful niche in illustration.

And now you can have a print of David’s poster of your own, to proudly display and explain to your friends that, while it’s cute that they like things tidy, real attention to detail is hanging on your wall.