At Seven Wonders our coffee story is much wider, much higher and much deeper than meets the eye. Though we serve fresh “real food” to thousands of our customers every day, coffee is the fabric that everything we do is woven into. After just a few days work experience and a couple of half days barista training. We began making coffee at Seven Wonders the first week of January 2003 on our first La Marzocco espresso machine. Less than 3 months later we had won the Irish Barista Championship(the main coffee making competition in the world by country) and were off to Boston to represent Ireland in the World Barista Championship.
Over the years, specialty coffee culture has truly blossomed in Ireland with more and more specialty shops opening up and more consumers moving away from the over-roasted low grade commodity coffee(aka carbonised sock water) pushed out by the big chains. To our great pleasure, consumers have begun to describe such coffees as undrinkable or disgusting. Around 2006, we began to offer single origin coffees in filter format but there was so little uptake at the time that we discontinued for a number of years, re-starting at the early stages of the third wave coffee boom in Ireland with a much greater reception. Coffee tastes have changed so much that I remember around 2012, introducing a much more acidic coffee into our blend thinking we were going to lead customers into a new experience of flavour, only to be dismayed on day one with customer’s dissatisfaction with a fruitier and more flavourful coffee. Coffee is after all the seed of a fruit. From then on, we began to work at a gradual pace, turning up the brightness a little, season after season. Today we can proudly craft a coffee with notes of lemon meringue, strawberry or passionfruit and find people on all sides of the counter are learning and developing their pallets.
Visit Seven Wonders and you’ll find a range of four to eight different single estate and micro-lot coffees as well as our seasonal blend to enjoy in store, at the office, on the go, or beans to make your own at home(for more on home brewing – see our home brew guides). Order on-line or sign up for a coffee subscription here.
Los Lobos begins with an aroma of hazelnuts followed by watermelon. In the cup bursts with notes of vanilla, peach, plum, and raisins with a full body. Come on in to any Seven Wonders and see if we have any bags left.