Following that, Michael convinced his parents to let him convert his family home’s garage in Meath into a micro-roastery, becoming one of the first specialty micro-roasting companies in Ireland.
Soon, wholesale demand led him to move out of his parents’ garage into a roastery in Ashbourne.
Their coffee is consistently reliable and accessible, avoiding the pitfalls of pretension that can be found in some of the more po-faced corners of coffee culture.
Currently, the food offering is limited to toasted sandwiches, a daily soup, sweet treats from the Hansel & Gretel Bakery in Navan, and a few homemade cakes such as a lovely spongy toffee apple cake (€3.50).
Ariosa are blow-ins but the locals seem to have embraced them already.
The space was formerly home to a popular café called Traders Coffee House, which closed late last year. “A lot of the Traders regulars have said they’re really happy we’ve kept it going,” says Michael.
He enlisted the skills of his neighbour, Christy Rooney, who is still Ariosa’s head roaster nearly eight years later.
After 15 years of coffee stalls and selling wholesale, the Ariosa brand has made its first foray into retail with a new café in Drogheda, and it’s all hands on deck when I pay them a visit in their first week.
The intro is nicely judged, and the pace carries us along at a good clip.A few comedy set pieces are underwritten, especially the stuff on the dating agency, so the humour misses out on a few laughs but maintains a light tone.And the direction keeps the simple moral of the tale from falling into soap-opera.Choose from our wide selection of dishes designed for sharing or savour individual entrées from an extensive selection of steaks, seafood tapas and pasta dishes.Open Thursday-Saturday from 5.00pm and Sunday 12-9pm Gather your friends, family and work mates and join us at West29 Restolounge this Christmas.