Bring on the caffeine

Thank God for coffee getting us through these January days. One of the better things to come out of the pandemic is more Irish companies stepping up their game for our caffeine needs. is a new online coffee subscription service, offering Irish consumers the chance to customise their coffee order from Ireland’s largest selection of roasted-to-order coffees.

The online platform is the brainchild of two brothers, Darragh and Keith Scanlon from Celbridge, Co Kildare, who have developed an innovative algorithm that predicts peoples' tastes to find their perfect coffee tailored to their specific preferences.

Uniting Ireland’s best coffee roasters directly with coffee drinkers,’s sophisticated technology creates the world’s most advanced taste profile so that its members can find their perfect cup of coffee.

Darragh Scanlon, co-founder, said: “My brother and I have been working hard over the last year developing a sophisticated taste algorithm that can predict peoples’ tastes accurately. We have mechanical engineering and digital design backgrounds and combining this with our passion for coffee has driven us to create this platform that helps coffee drinkers become coffee lovers and supports coffee roasters in Ireland.”

He continued: “ makes it easy for people to identify their personal preferences in relation to how they like their coffee to taste, to map and track their preferences over time including if they change and then to order coffee that suits their individual taste choices.”

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Avoca’s pea and mint soup

Avoca pea and mint soup.

There is nothing better than a warming bowl of soup to comfort you on a January day, and we especially love this pea and mint soup from Avoca because it's light and fresh and reminds us that spring days are coming soon. Packed full of fresh, light flavours, this healthy bowl of delicious greens is the ultimate feel good soup.


  • 1 onion peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium potato peeled and chopped
  • 50g butter
  • 1.2l vegetable stock
  • 350g petit pois
  • 1 bunch mint, finely chopped
  • 300ml milk
  • Method:

  • 1. Sweat the onion and potato in the butter over a very low heat for 10 minutes, without colouring.
  • 2. Add the stock, bring to the boil, and cover and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the potato is tender.
  • 3. Raise the heat, stir in the peas and simmer for two minutes.
  • 4. Remove from the heat, add the mint and then immediately purée in a blender, adding the cold milk as you do so.
  • 5. Season with salt and pepper, reheat gently and serve.
  • 6. Serve with a slice of brown bread, a dollop of crème fraiche and chopped mint to finish.
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