A NEW Coffee Hatch initiative at Kilcullen Community Centre was officially opened last week and Centre Manager Enda O’Neill says there has been a regular stream of customers since the first batch of lattes and Americanoes were served.
The initiative is aimed at providing another income stream for the community centre, Enda notes, and also provides four part-time jobs in the community. “We have Monika, our supervisor, with Renate, Gretta and, on Saturdays, Abby, so that’s brilliant.”
A full range of coffee favourites, tea and flavoured teas, cake slices, cookies and ‘healthy cakes’ are on offer at the hatch, which also serves to give a sense of more life to the exterior of the building. Treats have been locally sourced from Peter Trueman, a local baker who attends KARE Kilcullen Local Service. “What started as Peter’s hobby has turned into a passion and I am so excited that he is supplying our cakes,” says Enda. “Our coffee is McCabe’s award winning signature blend, and is 100pc Arabica. McCabe’s Coffee supplies Ireland’s largest range of speciality certified organic coffee, is Fair Trade certified and is Ireland’s first carbon neutral coffee roaster.”
The Coffee Hatch is expected to be particularly popular with parents at drop-off and pick-up times for the nearby schools, as well as offering hot drink options for students of CPC during break and lunch times.
Opening times are Monday to Friday 8.15am till 3pm, Saturday from 9am till 3pm and on Bank Holidays from 9.30am till 2.30pm.