It’s August. We’ve been indoors for months and now, staycationing is top of everyone’s mind.
Yes, we get it, there may not be poolside drinks, super high temperatures or exotic dishes we can’t pronounce but trust us, a staycation in Ireland can be just as fulfilling if you know where to go and what to do.
Some of you may have read our last blog, which was a guide to The Wild Atlantic Way and the awesome coffee you can find there. If you haven’t given it a gander yet, pause and go give it a read. We’ll wait.
Today, however, we are heading East.
When thinking of Ireland’s East, some might associate it with Molly Malone, bustling cobbled streets or beautiful coastlines.
At Bean Delivered, it’s all about the coffee!
And more specifically, the fantastic coffee roasters and spots available throughout this region.
Ireland’s Ancient East
From Cavan to Cobh, Ireland’s ancient east spans across 17 counties, stretching along the East coast and reaching into deep into the Midlands.
It’s split into three main regions:
- Land of 5000 Dawns: Cavan, Longford, Louth, Meath, Monaghan and Westmeath.
- The Historic Heartlands: Offaly, Laois, Kildare, Tipperary, Limerick, Carlow and Kilkenny.
- The Celtic Coast: Wicklow, Wexford, Waterford
If you are staycationing in Ireland this year and have planned a trip along Ireland’s Ancient East, we’ve got you covered, with our list of incredible coffee spots and independent roasters to fuel you along the way.
Best Coffee Spots in Ireland’s Ancient East
Whether you’ve planned a short break or a big adventure, fuel your trip with some of Ireland’s best coffee and show your support to some fantastic local roasters. Here are some of our favourites…
Creed Coffee Roasters in Celbridge, Co. Kildare
Most people know Celbridge for the magnificent Palladian Castletown House, but for us, our first stop every time is at Creed Coffee Roasters.
Founded in 2016 by Paul and Declan, Creed is no newbie to the coffee scene and it shows in their incredible selection of speciality roasted beans.
You can enjoy Creed Coffee at their own cafe in Celbridge or from your couch, as part of our August coffee subscription. Sign up before the end of August to have it delivered right to your doorstep.
Bad Habits Coffee – in Naas, Co.Kildare
Serving insanely good coffee and seriously cool vibes, we challenge you to find coffee with better style than Bad Habits.
Roasting since 2016, their mission is centred around sustainable coffee practices, ensuring a happy, healthy lifestyle for themselves and their coffee community.
We’ve officially labelled them queen of packaging. Y’know, the kind you are proud to have sitting on your counter when guests come around!
Nestled in the heart of Newbridge, you can enjoy heavenly sips of this beautiful coffee at their sister business, Ubh Café. Word of warning though, you won’t be able to stop at just one cup!
PS Coffee Roasters in Clane, Co. Kildare
Founded by brothers, Peter and Simon in 2015, PS Coffee Roasters is the kind you really want to be friends with.
Known locally for their great coffee and fun laid-back vibes, they are also an eco-conscious brand, using only coffee grown with fair practices.
They are also the first in Ireland to launch fully customised compostable coffee packaging and it was this along with their optional reusable wholesale packaging which led them to become proud winners of Ireland’s first Gold standard for “Going Plastic Free”.
PS Coffee Roaster Coffee can be enjoyed at their own cafés in Clane and Naas and in several retailers and independent coffee spots nationwide.
PS- don’t forget to check out our conversation with co-owner & roaster Simon here
The Old Barracks – in Birdhill, Co. Tipperary
A trip to Tipperary isn’t complete without a stop at The Old Barracks Coffee Roastery.
Nestled in one the area’s oldest and historical buildings, you can expect so much more than just a good cup of joe. It’s all about the experience.
Founded in by roaster & Alan, the Old Barracks is the perfect spot for coffee lovers and the coffee curious alike! Their adult-only coffee bar offers up to 8 single origins at a time for you to taste and their team are on hand to run through tasting notes and any questions you may have.
You can enjoy Old Barracks coffee (alongside some seriously tasty homebaked goods) at their own Coffeebar located in Birdhill, Co. Tipperary and in coffee pop-ups around Ireland.
Upside Coffee Roasters- Fairview, Co. Dublin
When we first came across Upside Coffee Roasters, we fell in love with their simplistic approach to coffee: delicious and roasted to perfection.
What’s better than that?!
Founded in 2016 by coffee aficionado and roaster Jamie O’Neill, Upside stands out among the growing number of small-batch coffee roasters in Dublin.
You can find Upside Coffee in some of the coolest spots around Dublin, with some of our favourites including Tang, WokeCup Cafe and Meltdown.
Want to learn more? The upside is that you can check out our interview with owner & roaster Jamie here!
Farmhand Coffee– Dublin
Farmhand Coffee Roasters gives us serious praise hand emojis each and every time we drink it!
Not only are you guaranteed a quality cup every time but you are also getting a helping of coffee with a conscious. Proudly listed as a carbon-neutral company in 2018 and 2019, Farmhand focuses on ethically sourced coffee from growers with sustainable farming practices.
Love coffee that comes with a side of mouthwatering food? Us too!
Farmhand coffee can be enjoyed in Brother Hubbard, Capel Street, Dublin. We recommend the Peruvian filter roast alongside their infamous cinnamon scrolls!
Check out our coffee chat with Farmhand senior roaster Pete here
Imbibe Coffee Roasters- Dublin
Organic coffee (check)
Zero Waste Advocates (check)
Packaging-free Wholesale coffee (check)
Ethically sourced coffee (check)
Profit donations to great causes (check, check, check)
Is there anything that Imbibe Coffee Roasters can’t do?!
Located in a Dolphin’s Barn, Imbibe is committed to first-class ethical coffee and is the only roaster in Ireland offering zero-waste wholesale coffee.
Intrigued? Of course, you are! Imbibe coffee can be enjoyed in a wide range of cafés and boutique stores across Dublin. Some of our favourite spots include Gaillot et Gray, Annie’s, Tiller and Grain and These Hands.
Trá Coffee Roasters in Tramore
Fresh waves, beachy vibes,
The only thing that could make this even better is a cup of Trá coffee.
Founded in Tramore, Co. Waterford in 2017 by Tom Weldon, Trá Coffee Roasters is a firm favourite amongst locals and tourists alike.
And for good reason!
Trá coffee serves up only the best of beans sourced from sustainable smallholder farmers.
This gorgeous coffee is roasted and served onsite at seaside café Bia + Brew, where we recommend a sizable side serving of their delicious homemade bakes.
We chatted with head roaster Tom at Trá Coffee back in September 2019, check out our interview here
Like our pictures in this blog post? All these beautiful photos from around Ireland’s Ancient East were taken by Greg Takes Photos, you can find him on Instagram here.
Need something to brew up your coffee while you’re away? Check out the Aeropress Go. We did a little review of them on Instagram recently.
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What are your favourite coffee spots in the East of Ireland? Share your recommendations in the comments below!
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