Tray chic: barista movements are soothingly ritualistic. Photograph: David Sleator

On a visit to Bewley’s factory this week, I didn’t have the heart to tell anyone there that I’m not overly fond of coffee. In fact, I’ve always qui(...)

Bewley’s Cafe on Grafton Street: rent doubled in 2007 to €1.5 million a year. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

After five years of fighting a losing battle to have its “excessive annual rent” of €1.5 million reduced to a market level, Irish-owned coffee group B(...)

At the Little Museum of Dublin are Conor Pope, right, with Monika Wright and Jean Michel Clermont-Goulet, the French-Canadian couple whom he advised how to spend their limited time in Dublin. Photograph: Simon O’Connor

I feel the weight of the city on my shoulders as I stand on the first floor of a grand old Georgian house in Dublin and wait for the young French-C(...)

A row over rents between coffee group Bewley's and its landlord Ickendel, part of the Treasury Holdings group, has been settled in the High Cou(...)