I’m a “when in Rome” kind of girl. I am game for trying almost everything — including items on the menu that says “doesn’t need explaining”when it is the only one that clearly does.
But this sense of adventure ends when it comes to morning coffee.
In Britian and Ireland, the morning cup of joe is usually Nescafe or a purchased espresso. There really isn’t a “filtered coffee” option. If it’s in your hotel room, it’s Nescafe. If it’s a coffee shop, you’re ordering an Americano.
Knowing this, I packed my own pour over system for in the room consumption. It’s a simple little device that stores the grounds and hot water before flushing it into the waiting cup. It makes a “damn fine cup of coffee” each time and takes up very little luggage space.
All I needed was some grounds!
Our first morning in Ireland . . . Mike and I, excited to see Ireland got up, dressed and was out the rotating hotel door by 7am. However, we were the only ones up with the sunshine in downtown Limerick. The coffee shops, bakeries and stores were all dark. So, we walked around Limerick and took photos for an hour (FitBit update: got about 4,300 steps in).
Although we popped into a few coffee shops, we were unable to find locally roasted beans . . . Or ones that could be ground up and sold. With that, we were headed north.
Our adventure for the day was to head north towards County Sligo (sly-go, we are learning the proper pronounciation of words via the radio). On our way, through majestic countryside sprinkled with fluffy sheep, we popped into a little town north of Galway (Gaul-way) for lunch. Turns out, this quaint town is home to The Galway Roast – Ireland’s Freshest Cup of Coffee. The coffee shop, in addition to great sammies, hand-roasts their own unique blend of beans right there at the coffee shop. Our bag was stamped “April 25, 2016 – Best before six months after date.” Sold. Take my money.
We spent a bit of time wondering around the charity shops and local churches before jumping back on the carriageway! (Read: Another 5,000 steps in!)
Aughris, Templeboy, County Sligo
Our final destination for the day was the Beach Bar and Aughris House. The Beach Bar is a traditional thatched building that makes locals and newcomers welcome. We couldn’t resist having a Guiness while taking in the Atlantic Ocean views from the outdoor patio seating. Behind the Beach Bar is the Aughris House B&B, a super charming house with seaviews and home cooked breakfasts.
Tomorrow: Connemara & My First Toastmasters Meeting Abroad.