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Cof­feean­gel Trin­ity

15 Le­in­ster Road South Dublin 2 cof­feean­gel.com ¤ Work­ing for your­self has many ben­e­fits. Among them in­clude work­ing from home in your PJs (hell, in your bed if you want) and cre­at­ing your own hours. The draw­backs can be the dis­trac­tions of home making it hard to avoid pro­cras­ti­na­tion loops. A new, clean space is a great way to break a cy­cle of pro­cras­ti­na­tion, and if I’m hav­ing a bad week of it, I tend to cof­fee shop-hop, car­ry­ing my lap­top bag and bedrag­gled charger with me wher­ever I go.

One day not so long ago, I turned up at Cof­feean­gel Trin­ity (for­merly Cup) at 11am and I didn’t leave un­til clos­ing time at 5pm, hav­ing a highly pro­duc­tive thanks to the sup­port of Cof­feean­gel’s free WiFi. I started my work­day with a fruit scone, baked in house ear­lier that morn­ing and warmed in their oven right be­fore serv­ing. It’s one of those enor­mous bis­cu­ity scones and it’s a mid-morn­ing treat slathered with jam and but­ter.

Cof­feean­gel has been a ma­jor in­flu­encer in the cof­fee move­ment in Dublin over the past decade. Colin Har­mon of 3FE worked as a barista in Cof­feean­gel’s IFSC branch be­fore found­ing 3FE back in 2009. Cof­feean­gel sells its own cof­fee beans as well as beau­ti­ful cof­fee ac­ces­sories in its stores, such as Sligo based O’Ri­ain Pot­tery cof­fee mugs.

Pretty soon, I’m two dead­lines down and it’s time for lunch. The toasted ham and cheese (¤6.50) is on good, crunchy bread that toasts well. The ham slices are thick and rus­tic, rather than thin and over-pro­cessed. Two flat whites in, I switch to Cof­fee An­gel’s de­caf to pre­vent ma­jor jit­ters. I move to plug my lap­top charger into the socket in the cor­ner ta­ble when it be­comes free and turn my back to the busy street out­side. When I fi­nally lift my head from my lap­top, it’s dusk and the staff, who have been to­tally cool with me be­ing there for the en­tire day, are sweep­ing up around me. I may have slightly over-stayed my wel­come, but the wel­come never seemed to wear out.

Keshk

Me­spil Road, Dublin 2 keshk.ie € The Yo­tam Ot­tolenghi and Sab­rina Ghay­nour trend of Mid­dle East­ern food has ex­cited our taste­buds, and is cel­e­brated by Ir­ish cafés and restau­rants such as Brother Hubbard in Dublin and Ard Bia in Gal­way. That’s where you’ll find the rose-wa­ter-in­fused baked yo­gurts and the dukkah sprin­kled beet­root hum­mus cham­pi­oned by Ot­tolenghi and Ghay­nour.

Keshk on Dublin’s Me­spil Road is much more tra­di­tional and old-fash­ioned, in that its menu is a straight­for­ward take on clas­sics such as baba ghanouj, kafta and mous­saka. Usu­ally, a menu that claims to of­fer the food of three na­tions makes me ner­vous but here it

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