Container Coffee: Caffeine Pit Stop for Tourists & Locals


Gordon Hickey first conceived of the idea for his cafe, whilst working as a producer on ‘You Should Really See a Doctor’. In the RTE show, members of the public visit a shipping container which serves as a mobile health clinic. One a trip spent immersed in the cafe culture of Australia and New Zealand later, and there was no turning back.

You’ll find CC on the grounds of The Digital Hub, an incubator for Tech startups – many of whom make the short pilgrimage for the homemade sandwiches or sausage rolls sourced from the Pie Man, every lunchtime. Inside seating is limited but outside, under Europe’s Tallest Smock Windmill there are ample picnic benches. The mill was built in 1757 to grind corn for a local distillery.

Converting the two containers, one from South Korea, the other from Russia, into a cafe was the easy part. Finding the perfect coffee to keep the masses caffeinated was the tricky bit. After six months of tasting every roast the city had to offer, Hickey settled on Cloud Picker’s SAM Blend – a mix of Brazilian, Guatemalan and Nicaraguan beans. Baked goods are by Caryna’s Cakes.

The Interiors are by Martian McCormick who has two decades of experience designing bars, cafes and restaurants across Australia and in Ireland. Rothklee (Hickey’s brother’s company ) crafted the clever logo for the coffee cups. Worth noting too, that all packaging, spoons, cups, straws, even the bin liners at the cafe are all fully compostable; a noble feat.

161 Thomas Street, Dublin 8

Mon to Fri 7.30 – 5.30

Sat 9 – 5.30

Sun 10 -5.30







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