In days gone by, the city centre media and obliging contacts once languished in the hazy fug of a back-street bar with a pint in one hand and a cigarette in the other, to chew over the day's events.
These days, they head out for a latte and a skinny muffin or a bagel. Belfast Coffee Company, on bustling Royal Avenue, is a veritable who's who of journalism and business of a lunchtime. With genial owner-proprietor Dennis whistling, singing and ribbing his customers and staff alike as a soundtrack, diners can tuck into an array of hot and cold food, traditional sandwiches, eye-wateringly good home baked treats and main meals including 'different' dishes like meatloaf and chilli pitta pockets and daily specials. And of course, as the name would suggest, lashings and lashings of caffeinated beverages, as well as crowd-pleasing free refills on filter coffee for those who can't afford to sit still for too long.