In a tiny shop on Georges Street in Waterford city, Neill White and George McDonald brought 3FE coffee beans, and a very clear and articulated idea of what they wanted to achieve, when they opened up Arch Coffee. What they wanted to do was serve really good coffee, every day, and that's exactly what they're doing, every day. Aided by a Simonelli Mythos grinder - which heats the bean as it grinds - and a rotating selection of single estate beans, the coffee from Arch is truly exceptional: depending on what beans are of offer, you vicariously travel the coffee world here with each cup, so precise and well-understood is their execution. George is a dab hand at baking, so there is always an excellent brownie or an irresistible coconut slice to have with your flat white, and with savouries from the people at FlavourHaus, who make probably the nicest rolls and salads you can get, the range offered in this tiny space is formidable – but you'll have to get there early as the rolls and salads sell out very quickly. The vast array of loyalty cards stored behind the counter in Arch give an idea of just how important this fantastic spot has become to its daily regulars.
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