FINDING A DECENT cup of coffee can be difficult, but we as a nation have definitely made inroads over the past couple of years. Indeed, Dublin has become somewhat of a haven for coffee connoisseurs.
But what about the rest of the country? Well, it turns out that we’re doing pretty well there as well.
Here’s just some of what is on offer.
1. Idaho Café, Cork
2. Arch Coffee, Waterford
A new addition to Waterford, Arch Coffee serves 3fe coffee and a variety of homemade treats.
They know their stuff.
3. Panama Coffee, Louth
Passing through Dundalk? Stopping by Panama Coffee is a must for all java fans.
4. Harpers, Limerick
This Limerick haunt serves tip-top coffee and participates in the “suspended coffee” initiative. (More on that here.)
5. Filter, Cork
The guys behind Filter are passionate about coffee and serve 3fe, Badger and Dodo, and The Golden Bean. Combine that with the café’s relaxed, creative atmosphere and you’re on to a winner.
6. Urban Grind, Galway
A favourite among coffee aficionados in Galway, Urban Grind never disappoints.
7. Kaffeine, Waterford
Kaffeine occupies a tiny space on Waterford’s Michael Street and is perfect for people-watching or just quickly running in for a coffee to go. Either way, the coffee is A+.
8. The Roast House, Kerry
Located in Tralee, The Roast House prides itself on being “Kerry’s only coffee roastery”.
9. Suas Coffee House, Clare
This specialty coffee shop located in heart of Ennis was cited by The Irish Times as being one of the best in the country. Do it.
10. The Galway Roast, Galway
We’re going to go out on a limb and say it’s probably the best coffee in Tuam.
11. Stradbally Fayre, Laois
Popular amongst Electric Picnic revelers every year, Stradbally Fayre does a mean full Irish and lovelycoffees.
12. Finnbees Coffee House & Juice Bar, Wicklow
Just a stone’s throw away from the beach in Bray, Finnbees is a lively place to chill out and warm yourself up with a cuppa.
13. Established Coffee, Belfast
Located in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, Established might just be the best coffee spot in the city. Its owner Mark won the Irish Aeropress Championships in 2013, so you know you’re in safe hands.
Also, three words: all shots double.
14. The Counter Deli, Donegal
When it’s not selling wine, cheese and scrumptious bread, The Counter Deli is also your one-stop shop for Badger & Dodo coffee.
15. Osta Café and Wine Bar, Sligo
16. Canteen, Limerick
It may be named Canteen, but that doesn’t mean the coffee doesn’t take like the slodge you get in work canteens. Quite the opposite, in fact.
If you’re ever down Limerick way, pop in and see for yourself.
Did we miss out on any? Let us know in the comments.