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Instagram 10 DAY Countdown

Instagram 10 DAY Countdown

As many of you know CHALAIT's West Village store will be moving to a new location sometime in August. To mark the event we are planning a 10 Day Countdown Campaign before our West Village location transitions to the new location. Every day we'll be posting on Instagram with a new special offer for that day.  Today's special:
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10 DAY - July 15th Stop by and get 2 free matcha to-go sticks with any tartine or sandwich purchase. Limited time offer while supplies last.

Check out our Instagram here!

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BH4hXxDjy7r/?t...
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Pre-work Out Fuel with Matcha

Pre-work Out Fuel with Matcha

Combining a little bit of caffeine with your daily work out is actually beneficial to your overall exercise and health. Studies have shown that caffeine assists with better blood flow, reduce feelings of pain and more. Matcha contains enough caffeine to not leave you jittery while providing lots of great health benefits. 

Read the full article here.

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We're Moving

We're Moving

DEAR BELOVED CHALAIT CUSTOMERS, we have some news we would want to share with you.

This summer we are opening not one, but two new locations! The first location will open in NoMad on 30th and Broadway and the second location will open soon after in Chelsea Market. As you can imagine, we are very excited about these developments.

On a sad note, due to circumstances beyond our control we must vacate this space by the end of July. We really loved this location and it is a shame that we cannot stay. Needless to say, it's been a great year serving you at this iconic corner in the heart of West Village and it is our sincere hope that we will find another location in the neighborhood at some point in the future.

In the meantime, do please come and visit us in our new locations. We'd love to see you there!

Sincerely,
Team Chalait

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3FE, Grand Canal Street Lower

It would be foolish to make any kind of list of the best coffee spots in Dublin and not include 3fe, as it is in many ways the Dublin coffee scene’s figurehead. Not only that but the story of founder Colin Harmon quitting the financial world to pursue a new career in coffee obviously resonated with us in particular.3fe's logo outside their flagship store on Grand Canal street. © dandalker | CHALAIT

3fe's logo outside their flagship store on Grand Canal street. © dandalker | CHALAIT

3fe has come a long way from the humble beginnings when they took over the lobby of a nightclub during the day. Since then they have setup their flagship café on Grand Canal Street and most recently, their own roastery. © dandalker | CHALAIT

© dandalker | CHALAIT

3fe offers coffee from three different farms each day, as well as tasting and brewing courses at the weekend. A variety of espresso and pour over tasting menus lets you judge the skills of its baristas for yourself.The flat white © dandalker | CHALAIT

The flat white © dandalker | CHALAIT

From the perfect steamed flat white to the varied flavors of the espresso tasting flight everything at 3fe was thoroughly satisfying. We would definitely recommend setting aside some time to stop by if you ever find yourself in Dublin.

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Oolong Flower Power Tea Shop, Stephens Street Lower

Oolong Flower Power Tea Shop, Stephens Street Lower

Oolong Flower Power was another surprise addition to our Dublin trip. Our tour was supposed to be predominantly about the Dublin coffee scene but as we were talking through the streets we stumbled upon the intriguingly named Oolong Flower Power Tea Shop. A sign in the window touting their sale of matcha sealed the deal and we decided we had to go in to check it out.The large array of teas on offer © dandalker | CHALAIT

The large array of teas on offer © dandalker | CHALAIT

Oolong Flower Power is the largest tea room of its kind in Ireland, with over 250 different types of tea and 40 coffees. With a selection ranging from rare and exotic white, yellow and red teas and handcrafted blooming teas to good old fashioned Irish breakfast tea, there's something for everyone. In a central location it's the perfect place to stop off day or night (they open quite late) and sit down for a cup of tea.Ceremonial bowl of matcha! © dandalker | CHALAIT

Ceremonial bowl of matcha! © dandalker | CHALAIT

The setting is just gorgeous! When you walk in you are greeted by hundreds of glass jars filled with tea and coffee. Beautiful chandeliers hang from the ceiling and enormous attention has been paid to the detail of the interior. The atmosphere is very relaxed, the staff are friendly and warm and the seating is cosy, both upstairs and down.© dandalker | CHALAIT

© dandalker | CHALAIT

The shop also sells amazing porcelain and cast iron tea sets, hand painted mugs, and bamboo and steel strainers. 

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Sasha House Petite, Drury St

Sasha House Petite, Drury St

Blink and you will miss it!! As you could probably deduce from the name, Sasha House Petite, is not the biggest of cafes, however what it may lack in size it more than makes up for in character. Tucked in near the car park on Drury street, Sasha House Petite bills itself as Dublin's first French/Slavic coffee & pastry bar.

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The first thing that hits you when you walk into Sasha House Petite is the smell. It is a bakery after all and the smells oozing around the cafe are divine. 

More than just a bakery though Sasha House Petite is also an excellent specialty coffee house as well as a micro-roaster. They produce their own coffee in house both for there and to take home. At any time they have multiple single origin coffees on offer, which are all roasted in house and can be served either as a pour over or espresso drink.Flat white © dandalker | CHALAIT

Flat white © dandalker | CHALAIT

We tried both the flat white and espresso at Sasha House Petite and we can confidently say that their espresso was the most on point that we tasted all day. The flat white was excellent too and we're looking forward to coming back and sampling the extensive pour over menu and more of the pastries!

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Grove Road, Lower Rathmines Road

Grove Road, Lower Rathmines Road

Don't walk past Grove Road without trying it. There is something for everyone here. It's a perfect spot whether you're in the mood to sample some specialty coffee or if you want to sit down and enjoy a weekend brunch.© dandalker | CHALAIT

© dandalker | CHALAIT

We stopped by Grove Road on the strong recommendations of our guide in Dublin who is a big fan of both the coffee and service. They serve Roasted Brown coffee at Grove Road and do a great job of bringing out the full expression of the coffee through their espresso menu. Both the shot and the flat white we had here were excellent.© dandalker | CHALAIT

© dandalker | CHALAIT

During our stop at Grove Road we got to talk to barista on duty name Brian Bird. Brian is currently training for the barista championships as well as working on the development of his own coffee roasting brand known as full circle. Brimming with both knowledge and enthusiasm we are sure he is going to do very well in the future so keep an eye out for the name.

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Koffy Roastery, Newry

Koffy Roastery, Newry

So we'll be honest and say that the Koffy roaster plant was not on our list before we got here. This small roastery is located in rural Ireland and is unlikely to be on most people's radar outside of the local area. We came across it completely by accident as we were making our way through Ireland but we're glad that we did. It's not often that you get to visit a coffee roaster in a remote part of the globe and get to experience the coffee world from an entirely different perspective than what you're used to.© dandalker | CHALAIT

© dandalker | CHALAIT

Koffy was founded in 2006 by two Master Roasters William and Tony with over 30 years collective experience producing specialty coffees. They source and roast from single farms and estates around the world looking for unique coffees with special flavour profiles to enhance their blends. They like to aim for their coffee to have the taste characteristics of nuts, fruit, chocolate and caramel. 

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The Koffy Roastery is open to the public so anyone can see the entire process of transforming the raw green beans into freshly roasted blends.

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Dublin Cafe Series

Dublin Cafe Series

During a recent trip to Ireland Chalait managed spend a day exploring Dublin and we were excited to be able explore the coffee scene there. Now Ireland might not be a country that is normally associated with a coffee culture but coffee houses have been part of the fabric of the country since they emerged in Dublin in the 17th century.Ireland’s place as a coffee consuming country was re-established in 2008, when Stephen Morrissey won the coveted title of World Barista Champion.3fe, Grand Canal Street Lower © dandalker | CHALAIT

3fe, Grand Canal Street Lower © dandalker | CHALAIT

The specialty coffee shop is in full-blooded renaissance these days, partly inspired by many in the industry having spent time down under in Australia and New Zealand. It's also worth noting that the 2016 World Barista Championships are scheduled for Dublin City, so it would seem this movement is showing little sign of slowing down just yet.Grove Road, Lower Rathmines Road © dandalker | CHALAIT

Grove Road, Lower Rathmines Road © dandalker | CHALAIT

Due to the positive feedback we had for our Tokyo Cafe Series we thought this would be a great opportunity to highlight another burgeoning coffee scene. Below is the full list of all the places we managed to fit in during our trip:

  • Koffy Roastery, Newry
  • 3FE, Grand Canal Street Lower
  • Sasha House Petite, Drury St
  • Grove Road, Lower Rathmines Road
  • Oolong Flower Power, Stephens Street Lower
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