Ask the expert: What's driving Ireland's new-found obsession with good coffee?
Garreth Scully, Master Coffee Roaster at Robert Roberts
"The third wave of speciality coffee started in Ireland in 2002, reflecting a movement towards high-quality coffee that was considered 'artisanal'.
"New and upcoming coffee roasters focused on single origin coffees and lighter roasts to enhance and deliver exquisite and unique flavour characteristics. This new wave filtered through to today's society, and we've developed, with gusto, a taste for unique coffees thus raising the bar in coffee quality across the country.
"This quest to taste new and fine coffees from across the globe is still at the forefront of coffee, and for the Dublin Coffee and Tea Festival, I've specially roasted two extraordinary coffees for visitors to taste - the Nepal Mt. Everest Supreme, and from El Salvador, the Finca La Joya Bourbon & Pacas.
To try some of the world's finest coffees and learn about the Robert Roberts Coffee Connoisseur Club, visit their stand at the Dublin Coffee & Tea Festival, this weekend at the RDS Dublin. www.dublincoffeefestival.com