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Bean West

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Rua Coffee

We are delighted to be working with local coffee roasters Bean West from Westport who roast and deliver our coffee to each cafe weekly. We worked with Aaron from Bean West to create a custom blend for our cafes and delicatessen.

This espresso blend is also available to take home in retail bags of whole and ground beans and is packaged in recyclable bags.

Rua coffee espresso blend

Aaron worked as a barista in New Zealand for many years and it’s here he also learned the art of roasting coffee. Aaron Best WestAaron imports green beans which come from small independent farms around the world and hand roasts all his coffees on a Giesen roaster.

Bean West beans

Bean West Roasters








We love the idea of our coffee being roasted just down the road and being delivered weekly by Bean West which allows us to chat weekly to our roaster who visits both Spencer Street and New Antrim Street with deliveries…if we have any queries we can chat to Aaron directly who takes the time to train all our team members in house too.

All our takeout coffees come with a chunk of our home-made shortbread…don’t forget your loyalty card!

Bean West training 1



COOKERY DEMO – Vegetarian Cooking – Part 1, 25/1/17

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Vegetarian cooking – Part 1

Despite it’s title, our first food demo of 2017 is not just for vegetarians but for anyone looking for inspiration to create some delicious meals focusing on vegetables as the key ingredients.

We’ll be joined on the evening by one of our favourite local producers, Michael from Velvet Cloud, who’ll be bringing some of their delicious Sheep’s milk yoghurt and Rockfield cheese from their farm near Claremorris in Co Mayo. We’ll be using the yogurt in a variety of ways, including  delicious coriander yoghurt sauce and a yoghurt and raspberry cake.

Other recipes for the night include Cauliflower steaks with romesco sauce, a really delicious Vegan veggie burger, as well as salads and condiments like a veggie Kimchi.

As always, our demo night includes a light supper and glass of wine as well as a full set of notes of everything covered in the demonstration. Tickets for the evening are limited and available to purchase from our delicatessen at €30.

We’re also running a full vegetarian menu on Friday 27th January in New Antrim streetclick here to see the menu . Book a table on 094 9023376

Velvet cloud link

Vegetarian Menu link




Cake Sale











On the last Sunday in November, the TY Home Economic Students from St Joseph’s School took over our shop on Spencer street and filled it with their delicious bakes for their annual fundraising Cake sale.

cake-sale-st-josephs-crew-2-7-12-16Under the tutelage and direction from their teachers  Ms. Tuffy,  Ms. McLoughlin and Ms. Hurley, the girls commenced preparation for the Bake Sale on Tuesday the 22nd of November by making the cookie dough. On Friday, 15 students gave up their time, energy and skills for a days work and baked and packaged the cookies, sliced the rocky road, made crumble and weighed all the ingredients which Rua supplied that would be needed for their Sunday bake off! cake-sale-biccis-7-12-16

At 7 am on Sunday morning, 24 students piled into the Home Ec. kitchen at their school and started baking for the bake sale later that day. The day was hectic but productive and the students worked non-stop. Another group of 12 TY students – the Sales team –  arrived at Rua in groups of 4 per session and took care of business, meeting and serving the eager customers with all the baked goods, which consisted of Brownies, Rocky Road, Coffee and Walnut squares, Apple Crumble, cookies, Lemon Madeira and Orange Drizzle squares. The day was a huge success and with all the cakes selling out,  the initiative raised much needed funds for the school.

Rua was proud to host this talented class of bakers for another great Cake Sale, and happy to help supply them with all the ingredients for the cakes. Thanks also to suppliers La Rousse , Pallas, Lavin’s fruit, Musgraves, Aurivo Dairy and Claremorris Free Range Eggs for their sponsorship of ingredients.





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