Dury St. was once ‘the street with the car park’. It is now the epicentre of Dublin’s ‘Creative Quarter’. At the forefront of the area’s revival is Kaph – bringing excellent brews and funky vibes to the locale since 2012. It attracts a mixed crowd of tourists, shoppers, bohemians and suits, all with a common appreciation for quality java.
The owners of this coffee shop are Husband and wife team, Chris and Sarah Keegan. They are have taken inspiration from both the coffee culture and interior design of Scandanvian countries. White walls and minimalist décor are contrasted by the colourful illustrations of Ruan Van Veitti. Coffee nerds might recognise his artwork from the Dublin Speciality Coffee Map. Design nerds might spot some 1950s Nagasaki Chairs by Danish designer Mathieu Matégot.
With jolly staff, upbeat tunes, and queue at the bar, the atmosphere on the ground at floor Kaph can feel more like a busy Dublin pub than a cafe, at times. Upstairs you’ll find MacBook-ers making use of the fast wifi.
Kaph has worked closely with 3FE (coffee) and Wall and Keogh (tea) since opening. Both suppliers were were game changers in their respective industries. Cakes are available from artisan bakers. A popular alternative to coffee is the macha latte.