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Fishing for Coffee Beans

All the best places to eat, shop and stay in Ireland. A local guide to local places.
Food people are always fascinating characters – how could they create exciting foods if they weren't? – but John Gowan's story, as told in the Irish Times Health Plus this Tuesday, is one of the best lifetime stories one can read.
Dangerous Alaskan fishing trips, cascading around the USA as a teenager, captain of a fishing vessel aged 21, and then back to his native Cork to open the sublime Cork Coffee Roasters – this guy has done it all.
We have to confess to being addicts not just of Mr Gowan's singular roasts, but also of his most singular coffee shop on Bridge Street in Cork. The retro style, the groovy sounds, the unbeatable brews, this is one of the glories of Cork city and no visitor to Leeside should miss it.

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