Apr 14

The Best Coffee Shop in Ireland*

I’m torn.

Should I tell you about this superb coffee place or not?

If I do, you’ll know about my favourite den. You’ll go there. You’ll love it. You’ll sit on my favourite stool and I’ll never be able to get rid of you.

At the same time, I want the wonderful people who run it to succeed. I want the place to do healthy business so that I can go there for many more years. So I shouldn’t keep it to myself. That wouldn’t do them (and by association, me) any good.

Filter Coffee Shop, Cork

Filter is a home for me. It is a place where I am comfortable. I am welcome there. It fits my personality.

There is a bar made from repurposed doors, sanded down with love by the owner, Eoin MacCarthy. There is art on the walls and jars of coffee on the shelves. There is time for a chat. Time for educating me about coffee.

The place drips with character and story.

All this before you realise that this is a place where coffee is served with care, attention, diligence and love by both Eoin and his barista compadre Alex Bruce.

This. Is. A. Great. Coffee. Shop.

Please go there.

The next section is an advert for me – please don’t feel you have to read it. Skip to the previous blog post instead. It has a cartoon.

Would you like a video?

The boys at Filter didn’t pay me to produce the video at the top of the post. I love the place so much, I wanted you to see it. You’ll have gathered that.

I’m guessing that you love your business too. Would you like everyone to see how great it is? If so, I’m doing a limited time offer on web videos like the one above at what a friend of mine calls a “whisper rate”. Basically, it’s a very, very, very good deal.

Click here to email me if you’d like details: Web Video Special Offer

* I am in no way qualified to make such a sweeping judgment. From my own personal point of view, though, Filter is the best coffee shop in the country. In fact, based solely on my own experience, I can quite confidently say that I think it is the best coffee shop on the planet.

May 13

Video: Brill with Truffled Savoy Cabbage and Crispy Bacon

Chef Barry McLaughlin cooks some pretty special stuff. I once ate close to his entire Poacher’s Inn menu during a photo shoot. (Photography may be not be as well paid as it once was, but there are still perks – though I should stop wondering why my waistline won’t shift).

Barry speaks beautifully about his food and the thinking behind it. Watching him work is mesmerising. He moves fluidly and quickly, producing sumptuousness in minutes.

On Wednesday, we spent some time together and came up with this:

Brill with Truffled Savoy Cabbage and Crispy Bacon from Roger Overall on Vimeo.