Kildare Coffeehouse Solutions

When I last visited my second home Kildare, there was no chance for serious coffee (I’m sorry, you are all really precise about your tea, and it’s wonderful to be served perfect tea, but coffee is also very important). I suppose you could always walk down to Kildare Village to get some Starbucks, which is reasonably ok in comparison what was around but rather expensive for what you get. There is a third wave of coffee hitting the Emerald island like it is in Austria.

 

Ubh Cafe Coffee Solutions
Find a good book, some great herbs to brew your own tea at home and drink some amazing coffee… photo: Lucia Täubler

My favorite spots in Vienna are Jonas Reindl (with many guest roasters, like 3fc from Dublin), Café le Marché and Süßmund. Another funky coffee spot in the country, comparable to Kildare Town and Newbridge would be in Krems with FelixKaffee and Kaffee Campus Krems. If you are traveling to my beautiful home county, don’t miss those spots.

 

Coffee is about the right components and their balance.

When you taste coffee it shouldn’t be bitter or sour, it should be flowery, maybe with a hint of citrus or heavy chocolaty flavor. Italian coffees tend to be very toasty. Never taste coffee with milk – if you add milk your coffee turns into dessert which is fabulous too, but you do not get the real taste of your coffee. So go in, ask for maybe two different coffee blends (usually blended, but sometimes 100% from one territory and one variety) and get yourself an espresso each.

Then: Smell. Compare. Question. Repeat, but: Taste. Compare. Question.

Your tongue, your gum and your throat, every little part of your mouth is structured to absorb taste and transfer it into „I like“ or „I dislike“ or „I’m unsure“. Also, trust in your guts (or your taste buds), if you don’t like a coffee the way it has been roasted, ask for an equivalent. Usually roasters in Third Wave shops are very happy to recommend you another type of coffee instead.

Cappuccino is dessert.

To be honest, I rarely drink espresso but in the mornings because I cannot do milk that early. For me cappuccino, latte, flat whites and any other milky coffee out there: DESSERT! You only want the best ingredients for your dessert, you want the best ingredients to top up your coffee. Why would you use skimmed milk with it? It will ruin your coffee. Remember, your coffee had a very long way to make its way into this particular cup in your hand. Many could have gone wrong already and you ruin it with this little sip of milk. So, back to thinking of milky coffee is dessert. You know it’s intriguing, it’s sweet and it’s coming with calories. But you won’t drink buckets of it (well, you shouldn’t), so it’s fine. Same as you do not eat several slices of chocolate cake (ahem…).

Kildare Square Coffee
Summer vibes! photo: Lucia Täubler

 

These two places in Kildare Town and Newbridge have opened my mind that the Third Wave has not only hit Dublin (Two Pups, Urbanity and many, many more) but also the country:

Kildare Square Coffee

At town square you find your daily coffee fix next to Macari’s and the bus stop to go into Dublin or to Portlaoise. Really handy, because I usually just get myself a coffee before I jump on the bus. I really recommend to try their two roasts and pick from one of them to go with a dessert, hence milky, version. Or just stick with an americano (without milk, just add hot water). I love their little shop with gift cards (LaneyK) and wollen blankets too. You can either sit in or take-away.

 

Kildare Square Coffee
Oh, and coffee is not everything: smoothies to make your day are served too… photo: :Lucia Täubler

 

 

Hours

Mon-Fri 7.30am – 6pm

Sat 9am – 4pm

Sun 11am – 4pm

 

Ubh Cafe Coffee Solutions
Behind the scenes coffee tasting. Take a look at the lovely machine brewing the wonderful flavoured caffeine kicks… photo: Lucia Täubler

 

Ubh Cafe

Ubh means egg in Irish and that’s the main character of most of what’s on Ubh Cafe’s menu. Which you should definitely try when you are on a visit in Newbridge or just passing by this funky little town. You are in for a treat. Coffee-wise, I have to say, that I have never had better oat milk based cappuccino. Never. Foamy, sweet and it goes well with the house roasted coffee. If you call in you will see the mini roaster in the kitchen. So usually Mondays when the cafe is closed, it smells like chocolate in Georges Street. Staff is well trained and the barista know their way around the Third Wave of coffee – looking at other European coffee houses.

 

Ubh Cafe Coffee Solutions
This is not coffee at all, but it goes well with an americano. Look at these tasty slices of French toast. photo: Lucia Täubler

 

Hours

Tue-Fri 9am – 4.30pm

Sat-Sun 10.30am – 4pm

 

This article has not been sponsored by any of the corporates written about. 

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Personally, my Irish soul

My second home is and always will be Ireland. The Emerald island. Sheep. Rain, always. People, which could not be more friendly. Music, all over the place. In Ireland, I went through moments in which background music was played, for real. Like in a film. A great one. I remind you of “Once” or the Klischee tragedy “P.S. I love you”.

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Home is where your heart is. Definitely, Ireland. 
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Cattle. Yes, it seems there are more cows around than sheep. 
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Father Ted is an institution in Ireland. I have never really understood the jokes, but I traveled to the place where it was shot. 
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Mid-Western parts of Ireland around The Burren.
Green grass, small houses and water. This is Ireland. Too.
Green grass, small houses and water. This is Ireland. Too.

Van Morrison has already sung about how music is healing your soul:

When you hear the music ringin’ in your soul, and you feel in your heart, it grows and grows. It came from the backstreet Rock and Roll And the healing has begun. That’s where it come from man.

_The Healing Has Begun, Van Morrison

The Irish lifestyle accompanied me in the last ten years. I am talking about the “Take it easy” and the mostly incorrectly but comfortable time adjustments like “I’ll be back in a minute” which made me very uncomfortable in the beginning. But I opened up after a while living in Ireland and I could sit back to forget about my own discipline.

Irish music has been part of my life since then. Caladh Nua, for example, is a young Irish band I have listened to in 2014 in Krems, where I used to live. I love diversity in its playfulness and the instruments about Irish music. I am fascinated about the passion to make music. Whenever you enter a pub in Ireland there is live music, maybe a guitar player who sings about life but also appears to be a philosopher talking melancholy. Tradition and habit are consistent in Ireland to live life as it should be: cozy, friendly and usually stressless. “It’s grand” often said when the Irish are happy and well.

I am, in a way, Irish. Maybe not genetically. Maybe not due to my heritage. But by heart.

x, Lucie