Get yourself Kapheinated – #FridayFinds

There are 101 coffee shops in every town in Ireland these days. Visit Dublin city centre and that figure jumps to 1001. From the generic Starbucks to the quirky roadside kiosk, Dubliners are spoilt for choice. With the coffee boom in play though it makes choosing one hard, and choosing a good one even harder.

Enter Kaph. Kaph opened it’s doors in late 2013 on Drury street and is quite well known for being one of the best (if not the best) coffee spots within the city’s creative quarter. But for those who don’t spend their time strolling around town trying the latest hotspots, Kaph may have gone under the radar for some.

When you first walk up to Kaph it’s quite understated. No bright lights or flashy logos that one would be used to, but more of a subtle, clean and inviting shop front with a big open window. You can see from first glance whether it’s buzzing or not – and it always is (one of the best signs when trying to decide whether a cafe is good or not). The general clientele are exactly what you would expect for this area: trendy, artsy type young adults (which isn’t a bad thing at all, they tend to know their stuff). The staff greet you with a smile, they welcome chat and are more than happy to advise you on their coffee selection. Apart from their drinks, they’ve a small range of pastries, cakes and even Paleo treats. Something for everyone to match with their coffee of choice.

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When I visited I ordered a flat white and headed upstairs. The vibe is a little quieter here, away from the noise of the coffee machines below. People working on their laptops. Friends chatting. A small pocket of calm inside the city. One of the things I liked most was the wall covered in art. Some of it even looked as if it was handdrawn at the table next to it and stuck up by the customer on the way out (and a very talented customer at that).
Most importantly though, the coffee is great. I’m not to one to be able to really get descriptive with coffee, I’m not a connoisseur in the slightest. However I can be quite picky when it comes to what I like, and these guys have really hit the nail on the head. I’m not the only one who thinks this though – LovinDublin voted it the No. 2 coffee shop in Dublin (as the sign says when you walk in). They’ve rave reviews from newspapers and bloggers both at home and abroad.

 

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All in all, Kaph is a great spot. It might not be in your normal route around the city, but if you’ve got the extra 10 minutes to spare or simply want to try something new, definitely pay them a visit. You can thank me later.