Bean there, done that in Churchtown’s cosy community hub

Local entrepreneur, Emma Davy, outlines how she saw opportunity to establish thriving business

by Rachel Cunningham
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Opening a coffee shop may not have been the obvious next step in Emma Davy’s career but in the space of a few short years, the Cosy Bean has become a popular caffeination station for all who venture into Dublin 14. 

The Churchtown native had lived in San Diego on a tennis scholarship but moved back to Ireland to work in corporate finance and later as a tennis club director. After taking time off with her children, Ms Davy’s “zigzag” career route led her to setting up the Cosy Bean in the middle of the pandemic.

“We opened our business in September 2020. I’d been involved in setting up coffee shops before and when this opportunity came up during Covid, it felt like Churchtown was crying out for caffeine and treats and a community hub. We just went for it and it’s grown bigger than we even imagined,” said Ms Davy.

“My husband and I have lived in Churchtown since 2007 and the site is actually in my family’s name. My uncle was PV Doyle, who had what was originally the South County Club then Rainbow Rooms, and he once lived on site where the Cosy Bean now is.

The Cosy Bean

“The space changed hands and is now Elephant and Castle but the small shops on the right have stayed in our family all along. We took the smallest one for the Cosy Bean and, although it’s definitely small and cosy, we like it. 

“We try to keep it as a place for the community. There is a great vibe between ourselves and Churchtown Stores and Supervalu is obviously well established there as well. 

“We strive to serve the best quality coffee, we home bake our own treats and try to hire local. It’s a community coffee but we place the emphasis on serving good quality coffee. The  sausage rolls from the Pieman are also a customer favourite, particularly on a Sunday morning, maybe for some sore heads.”

Ms Davy said the idea for the business had been forming at the back of her mind for some time but really took shape during the pandemic when she saw people around her seeking out a good coffee destination. 

“The coffee culture in Ireland has been growing and growing, I think we all love out little cup of joy in the morning. 

“I remember hearing someone saying on the radio that if you didn’t buy coffee, you could save that money for a weekend away and someone else came on and responded that they’d prefer something to brighten every day rather than one weekend away a year. 

“The Irish are getting much more knowledgeable about fine quality coffee, too. What’s lovely is that it’s becoming more of a community, sort of parallel with the pubs. 

“People go to the Cosy Bean or another local coffee shop and by accident they’ll meet-up with friends and neighbours. It’s a lovely chance to have a quick catch-up for five, 10 or 15 minutes because everyone is so busy. It’s just a few minutes where you can meet an old friend, whether by chance or planned, to break up the morning.

“That was huge during Covid, when people were locked in their houses and they just wanted some small form of escapism and to check in with the rest of the world. The coffee shops seemed to fill that void. 

“We’re also dog-friendly, we love to see dogs coming into our shop. It keeps the owners happy, the dogs happy and the staff happy,” Ms Davy added.

Photos: The Cosy Bean Instagram

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