Michael is busy talking me through the series of sketches of local Drogheda landmarks that adorn the wall in the cafe.
A couple of women, in for a coffee, give him a friendly dig out when he can’t quite remember the name of one of the landmarks.
“They’d already gotten the taste for our specialty coffee.” You might recognise one of the baristas, Paulina, from the Ariosa stall in the Temple Bar Food Market in Dublin’s city centre on a Saturday.
In Drogheda, Paulina prepares a perfect flat white (€3) made from the Ariosa house blend, which combines two pulped natural Brazilian coffee and a bean from Guatemala.
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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.
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).
But it wasn’t until he experienced coffee culture down under that he found a passion to channel his energy into.
“When I found myself in a library looking for books that could teach me about coffee,” he says, “I knew I had found something I cared about.” Inspired by Australian companies like Toby’s Estate, he set up Ariosa with a stall in the Galway Food Market.