Sister cafes Reference Coffee and Meet Me in the Morning were originally opened in 2016. The coffee masterminds behind this exception spot are 2015 Irish Brewing Champion Brian O’Keefe and co-owner and manager, the talented chef Kevin Powell. Just off busy Camden St, the cafe pays respect to the original building, preserving its structural components while developing a distinct identity of its own.
The large windows at the front bring in a lot of natural soft light. Timber is used throughout the cafe and simple seasonal flora adds a decorating touch true to the ethos of the establishment. Local, honest and unpretentious. The coffee is provided by it’s sister cafe Reference Coffee (previously Meet Me In The Morning or MMIM – takeaway section) serving coffee from La Cabra, Gardelli with occasional guests that include The Coffee Collective and 3fe. They use a beautiful bright Yellow La Marzocco to prepare their espresso drinks. They have a team of talented baristas that are passionate about coffee and food. They also offer two filter coffee options, one batch brewed on a Fetco and another on Marco’s SP9.
The food menu is highly seasonal locally sourced, using fresh produce from the McNally family farm, they forage, pickle, bake and source exceptional ingredients with some stables such as the eggs & greens. They also bake a great selection of treats, including donuts (none of the overly sweet, colourfully topped, commercial nonsense!!) stack cakes and brownies.
Watch Brian speaking to Dave O’Carroll form The People We Meet about MMIM :
Located in City Centre, Reference Coffee/Meet Me In The Morning is a short walk from Grafton Street ( not far from Granthams, First Draft Coffee, Network — other speciality coffee spots in Portobello). They are open 7 days a week (7am-4pm weekdays & 10am- 5pm weekends).
Contributor: Rabie Al Rabie is a coffee connoisseur and photographer based in Dublin, Ireland. Rabie became a Coffeemer at the World Barista Championship in Dublin 2015 where we both were volunteering. Rabie knows his coffee, especially in Dublin.