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Bite-Size: what's happening in food and drink this week

The best new launches and initiatives to check out


If you’re looking to try something new this week, there are plenty of new launches and some great ways to have a healthier (and perhaps happier) January. 

From a new Dublin based business teaming two of our favourites things (coffee and music) to an inspiring enterprise from an Irish food producer and a homeless charity read on to find out what’s happening in the world of food and drink this week.

A good cause

Wicklow-based food producer sussed has teamed up with Dublin Simon Community for a #SimonSaysChallenge, It’s a programme of daily wellness challenges, shared on their social media platforms, from now until the end of January. The challenges include things like making healthy meals, trying mediation, and taking a digital detox. The aim is to encourage healthy, happy lives, while raising €5,000 for the Simon Community. You can find out more about sussed here and you can donate here. 

Cool beans

Nespresso has just launched its first certified organic coffee. Inspired by Peruvian organic coffee history, Nespresso Master Origin Peru Organic is a single-origin coffee with toasted cereal and fruit notes. While the brand says that it’s best served black, it also works in a latte thanks to its caramel and nutty tones. It's available as a limited edition in Original and permanently in Vertuo formats online (€6.40 for a sleeve of 10) and will be in Nespresso boutiques too when Covid-19 restrictions lift.

Meat-free deals

More and more of us are becoming interested in eating more plant-based foods or having the occasional meatless day every week. If you’re dipping your toe into that world, or just fancy having some healthy bits on standby, head to your local Tesco. It has expanded its plant-based range and there is 20% off until 26 January. The new products include Shreds and Greens, meat-free nuggets, sweet and sour soya strips and there's meat-free burgers too.

Coffee and tunes

Wavetable, a new boutique speciality coffee and record store is opening its doors in Dublin this month. Located in Drumcondra in Dublin 9, Wavetable is operating on a takeaway basis initially and will be serving a range of speciality coffees from Calendar Coffee, along with cakes and bakes from local vegan bakery Bear Lemon. Along with the coffee and tasty treats, there will be a big focus on music. Wavetable is working with a range of Irish artists including Lankum and Junior Brother whose music will be stocked in store. Instagram: wavetabledublin

Sweet and low

One of Ireland’s most exciting drinks producers, Stillgarden Distillery in Dublin 8 has created new mid-strength drink called Give & Take (€33/ 70cl). At 22% ABV it’s a gin-like spirit, with Macedonian juniper and local nettles, along with a layered combination of ginger, coriander seed, basil and chamomile. It joins the existing O’Maro, which is also 22% ABV, and is made with a unique blend of botanicals including rosehip, strawberry leaf, lemon verbena and raspberries from the distillery’s local area. They're available on the Stillgarden website.