Thursday, August 1, 2013

Badger & Dodo Boutique Coffee Roasters

Brock Lewin is the Badger in Badger & Dodo who has a passion for coffee ever since serving the first shot of coffee in his home city of Sydney in 1993. Since then he has studied coffee extensively, learned to roast from an expert Italian Master Roaster and travelled to the world's finest coffee estates before relocating to Cork in 2008 to set up Badger & Dodo artisan roastery located in Fermoy, County Cork.

In just five short years, the roastery has taken Ireland by storm and now supplies to over 70 leading cafés right across Ireland. As a micro roaster Brock is fully committed to high quality production where he views coffee as an artisan product like wine rather than a commodity. Every batch is roasted weekly in Fermoy using a method of roasting which involves improvements at all stages of production. This means selecting coffees according to their various methods of processing and harvesting, developing stronger relationships with coffee growers and brokers, buying only current crops in small batches and developing individual profiles for each and every coffee roasted.

Brock researched what he believed defined the Irish palate and came up with The Blackwater Blend which is a very smooth, flavoursome and full bodied blend. Surprisingly after further research Brock found it difficult to place all Irish perceived wants into just one blend and decided to produce a second blend known as The Red Rock Blend. The Red Rock is Badger & Dodo's answer to a more gusty traditional North Italian blend targeted towards those who are looking for something with more strength as opposed to flavour which is never over-roasted, burnt or bitter.

The two blends are available to order for home use on the Badger & Dodo website and shipped weekly on Wednesday within 24 hours across Ireland including a boutique selection of specialty graded quality beans. Listed below is a selection of outlets serving Badger & Dodo with some stocking their take home blends for you to experience in the comfort of your own home.


- Humble Bean, Aungiers Street, Dublin 2
- Munchies - Dawson Street store only, Dublin 2
- Coppa Café, RHA Gallery, Ely Place, Dublin 2
- O' Connells Restaurant, Donnybrook, Dublin 4
- Fiji, Merrion Shopping Center, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
- Greendoor Bakery, Manor Street, Stoneybatter Dublin 7
- 3rd Space, Smithfield Square, Dublin 7
- Cross Café, Cross Gallery, Francis Street, Dublin 8
- Chancery Lane Theatre & Café, Chancery Lane, Dublin 8
- The Coffee Shot, Beacon Sth Quarter, Sandyford, Co. Dublin
- Chocolate Consumption at the Howth Market, Co. Dublin
- Coffees, Sutton, Co. Dublin
- Good Grocer, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
- White Tea, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
- Urbun Café, Cabinteely, Co. Dublin
- Rosie B, Swords Plaza, Swords, Co. Dublin

- Foodgame, South Lott's road, Dublin 2 (take home bags only)
- Art of Coffee, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2 (take home bags only)
- Clement & Pekoe, South William Street, Dublin City (take home bags only)


- Filter, George's Quay, Cork City (Brew Bar)
- L'Attitude 51, City Hall, Cork City
- The Balcony, Farmgate at The English Market, Cork City
- Scúp Gelato, Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork City
- Reardens Bar, Washington Street, Cork City
- Douglas Farmers' Market, Douglas Court, Cork (Every Saturday)
- Ballyseedy Garden Centre, Fota Business Park, Cork
- Dooley's Post Office Café, Main Street, Rathcormac, East Cork
- Monty's Deli, Midleton, East Cork
- The Golden Phesant, Courtmacsherry, West Cork
- The Winery, Clonakilty, West Cork
- Trawl & Trend, Bantry, West Cork
- Dzogchen Beara Welcome Center, Allihies, West Cork
- The Workshop, Upper Ballygarvan, Co. Cork 
- Jim's Café, N71, Glengarriff, Co. Cork
- Choices, Mallow, Co. Cork 
- Café Bia, Kanturk, Co. Cork

- Bradley's Foodstore, North Main Street, Cork City (take home bags only)
- Lettercollum Kitchen Project, Clonakility, West Cork (take home bags only)


- TBay Surf Club, Tramore Strand, Waterford
- J&J, Hypercenter, Waterford
- Portico, Waterford (Brew Bar)
- Dingleys, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford.
- Interlude, The Quays, Dungarvan

- Ardkeen Food Store, Waterford (take home bags only)


- The Gallery Café, Gort, Galway
- The Gentian, Kinvarra, Galway
- Ard Bia, Spanish Arch, Galway
- Tigh Neachtains, 17 Cross Street, Galway
- Jungle Café, 29 Forster Street, Galway

Rest of Ireland

- Canteen, 30 Mallow Street, Limerick
- Salt House, Quay West, Drogheda, Co. Louth
- Delgany Deli, Delgany, Co. Wicklow
- Firehouse Bakery, Delgany, Co. Wicklow
- The Counter Deli, Canal Road, Letterkenny
- The Wooden Spoon, Killaloe, Co. Clare.
- The Little Green Grocer, Parliament St, Kilkenny
- The Pantry Café, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.

To keep up to date with stockists around Ireland give Badger & Dodo a like on Facebook, follow Badger & Dodo on Twitter or keep an eye out for their outlets displaying their logo.

Related Recipe: Coffee & Walnut Cake here

Try a single shot of Badger & Dodo espresso instead of Irel coffee in this recipe for modern twist on an age old classic.