International Coffee Throwing Competition - Chucking Coffee for a Cause at The Bernard Shaw

We've walked by The Bernard Shaw on Camden Street in Dublin many a time but we'd never stopped in for a drink. The weekly flea market combined with the first International Coffee Throwing Competition made for an irresistible draw this time though. We got together with a group of friends and decided to make an afternoon of it as spectators at the event. 
The Bernard Shaw Pub in Dublin
We made our way inside and passed edgy street art as we moved toward the inner courtyard where all the action takes place.

SIDEWALK SAFARI SPOTLIGHT: There is always something going on in Dublin. Check out our huge list of one day Dublin City itineraries to keep you busy.

Leprechaun Street Art at the Bernard Shaw Pub in Dublin
The flea market was in full swing. I managed to get myself a red leopard print scarf for just a few euro. There was a picture of David Hasselhoff on the wall in fishnet stockings that just made me smile.
The Flea Market at the Bernard Shaw Pub in Dublin featuring David Hasselhoff
The Bernard Shaw also features the Big Blue Bus which sells freshly made pizzas. We ordered a couple of craft beers and cider, placed our pizza order, and grabbed a booth upstairs that was kind of like a snug. The flea market and repurposed school bus capture the atmosphere perfectly: quirky and hip.
The Big Blue Bus at the Bernard Shaw Pub in Dublin
It was soon time for the first ever International Coffee Throwing Competition sponsored by 3FE with proceeds to benefit Grounds for Health, a charity that works to provide medical care to women in coffee growing areas. The goal was to chuck a pound or more of coffee as far as possible without the bag splitting open. We intended to just watch from the sidelines but then realized it was only a fiver and it looked like hella fun. Our new friend Carey talked me into doing it with her. We were amply rewarded for our good deed in anteing up our 5 EUR to enter with a voucher for 10 EUR worth of drinks (either two house cocktails or 3 Brahma beers).
Beer and Moscow Mule cocktails at the Bernard Shaw Pub in Dublin
Colin from 3FE and several lovely assistants drew out a tape measure to mark the throwing course.
Colin Harmon from 3FE measuring the course at the International Coffee Throwing Competition
The action soon got underway and coffee was lobbed with flair from one end of the field to the other.
The International Coffee Throwing Competition in Dublin at the Bernard Shaw Pub
There were definitely some casualties and several folks disqualified when their bags broke open. Mine remained intact but Carey's busted for a disqualification.
Broken coffee bags at the International Coffee Throwing Competition in Dublin
There was also an element of ritual to the event. Each participant was interviewed by a traxedo clad judge, Steve Leighton, founder of Has Bean Coffee. The goal was to get the crowd on your side by being as over the top as possible. I wore my flea market leopard print with flair and talked a bit of smack about my illustrious coffee throwing career state-side (all entirely improvised, of course!). I threw my bag of off-roast coffee which was generously supplied by 3FE. The angle was all wrong and it didn't go very far. I was ready to skulk my way back to the sidelines when the judges decided to give me a do-over. This time the bag of coffee sailed forward but alas not far enough to secure a spot on the podium. I did get 10 points and a little something extra from one of the judges. Not bad for a first outing :-)
The Illustrious judges at the International Coffee Throwing Competition in Dublin
We were all playing for a coveted championship belt in three different weight classes. This is definitely something that I'll train for and aspire to next year!
Scoreboard and prize belts at the International Coffee Throwing Competition in Dublin
Congratulations to the winners for leaving it all on the field. Their execution and showmanship is an inspiration to us all!
The prize winners and judges at the International Coffee Throwing Championship in Dublin

#DrJSabbatical Adriatics Africa Americas Ann Arbor Argentina Asia Asia Pacific AUNZ Australia Austria Baltics Barcelona Belfast Belgium Berlin Best of Beyond Dublin Big Island Bologna Boston Brazil Bruges Brussels Bucharest Budapest Buffalo California Cambodia Canary Islands Canterbury Cape Town Cardiff Central Europe Chile China Christmas Market Commute Chronicles Copenhagen Cork Costa Brava Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Dresden Dublin Dublin_Archive Dusseldorf Eastern Europe Edinburgh El Calafate England Eruption Essen Estonia Europe Europe_Archive Evora Faro Faversham Featured Financial District Finland Fisherman's Wharf Flanders Florida Food France Frankfurt Fringe Festival Galway Gdansk Georgian Dublin Germany Girona Granada Greece Greece and Cyprus Guest Posts Guiness Storehouse Hamburg Hangzhou Hanoi Hawaii HCMC Helsinki Ho Chi Minh City Hobart Hoi An Honolulu Hungary Hurling Hyderabad Iceland India Ireland Ireland_Archive IRELAND_REMIX Italy Itinerary Jackson Square Japan Kaunas Kilkenny Kiluaea Kona Krakow Kuala Lumpur Kyoto Languedoc Lanzarote Las Fallas Latvia Leinster Leipzig Liechtenstein Lima Limerick Lisbon Lithuania Liverpool Ljubljana Lloret de Mar London Los Angeles Louisiana Lucerne Machu Picchu Madeira Malaga Malaysia Mallorca Malta Marrakech Marrakesh Marseille Massachusetts Med Mendoza Menton Miami Modena Monaco Monte Carlo Montenegro Montpellier Morocco Muenster Munich Munster NA_Archive Naples Netherlands New Orleans New Year 2011 New Years Eve 2010 New York New Zealand Nice Nob Hill Noe Valley Nordics Norrkoping North America North Beach Northern Ireland Nuremberg Oahu Oakland Ollantaytambo On The Road Osaka Outer Sunset Palafrugell Palma Paris Parma Patagonia Pennsylvania Perth Peru Philadelphia Pingyao Piran Pittsburgh Poland Porto Portugal Potrero Hill Prague Puerto Natales Punta Arenas Queensland Recent Regensburg Reykjavik Riga Rio de Janeiro Rochester Romania Rotterdam Rovinj Rugby Russia Russian Hill San Francisco San Sebastian Santiago Scandinavia Scotland Seattle Segovia Seoul Seville SF - Further Afield SF_Archive Sicily Siem Reap Singapore Sligo Slovakia Slovenia South Africa South America South Beach South Korea Spain SPWC St. Petersburg Stockholm Strasbourg Street Performance Stuttgart Sweden Switzerland Sydney Tallinn Tasmania TBEX Telegraph Hill Temple Bar Texas Thailand Thames Festival The Mission ThisIsAthens Tipperary Tokyo Torres del Paine Transylvania Trieste Uganda UK Union Square United States Uruguay Valencia Valparaiso Vienna Vietnam Vilnius Volcano Waikiki Wales Walking Warsaw Washington Waterford Western Australia Westfield Where's Wally? Whitsundays Wicklow World Record Wroclaw WWI Xi'an Zurich
Sidewalk Safari | Part-time Travel Blog: International Coffee Throwing Competition - Chucking Coffee for a Cause at The Bernard Shaw
International Coffee Throwing Competition - Chucking Coffee for a Cause at The Bernard Shaw
Checking out the Bernard Shaw pub in Dublin and competing in the International Coffee Throwing Championship.
Sidewalk Safari | Part-time Travel Blog
Not found any posts VIEW ALL Read more Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS CONTENT IS PREMIUM Please share to unlock Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy