15 Aug2011 Store Profile: Dun Laoghaire
Dominik, Manager at Insomnia Dun Laoghaire-Where are you originally from? I’m originally from Poland. My cousin was living in Dublin and only had good things to share about his experience here. I was very nervous about moving to Ireland because Irish culture and language is very different from Polish culture/language, but my cousin encouraged me to learn English and move to Dublin. I’ve lived here for 6 years and looking back, I don’t know what I was so scared about! -What do you like best about working at Insomnia? The coffee! Yes, it is a good cuppa, but I’m talking about acquiring coffee knowledge. Insomnia has given me the opportunity to learn about coffee and develop my barista skills. I was one of 30 contestants in the Irish National Barista Competition in 2008 and 2009, and placed 9th and 8th respectively after 3 rounds of gruelling competition. In 2010, I was one of 4 technical judges in the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE). I owe my coffee expertise to Insomnia and it is my pleasure to make anyone who walks into my coffee shop an unforgettable cup of coffee. -What Insomnia beverage should customers try? Americano. Milk takes away from the true essence of coffee but black coffee allows you to taste the fine quality of Insomnia coffee. My personal favourite is – instead of a grande – 2 tall cups of Americano, both with a single shot of espresso. Smooth, strong and fresh - something I learned at the World Barista Championship in 2008 in Denmark. -Have you had any celebrity encounters? Oh my god I saw Colin Farrell.’ Three years ago Colin Farrell came in with 2 of his friends. All of the baristas immediately recognized him except for the barista taking his order. After he left, one of the baristas commented on the fact that Colin was in our shop and the barista who served him didn’t believe it so she ran out to check and freaked out. I think she was in shock for a good 10 minutes afterwards, especially because she didn’t even realize she was serving him! -What is the most unusual thing that has happened at Insomnia in Dun Laoghaire? I take my coffee seriously and I refuse to let a customer leave unsatisfied. I made a cup of coffee for a customer and after adding her condiment preferences, she said it ‘tasted funny.’ I doubled checked the machine and extraction time and everything seemed to be in working order. I thought maybe the coffee was too strong so I changed the amount of espresso but again, it ‘tasted funny. I made her a 3rd cup of coffee and after adding her condiment preferences, she approached the counter in complete embarrassment and said she realized she was adding salt instead of sugar! -If you were on Dragons’ Den, what business would you propose Bobby Kerr to invest in? A professional barista shop so that all of us at home coffee connoisseurs have a one stop shop for quality coffee equipment.
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