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This Is The One Thing That Really Irritates Me About Dublin Coffee Shops

By Éadaoin Fitzmaurice

September 28, 2017 at 10:18pm


There is nothing that will give you that little kick you need during the day like a fresh cup of coffee. 

In Dublin we are very fortunate to have so many amazing cafés and coffee shops right at our finger tips. However, there is one particular trend happening amongst some places that just boils my blood.

As I queue up for my morning coffee I usually look at the price on the menu board and scour my purse for the exact change. I gather my coins together selectively and hold them in my hand ready to pass over to the cashier in exchange for my long-awaited coffee. 

And then I hear it... 

"Sorry luv, it's actually 30c extra for the soy milk!"

I, like many other people, suffer from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and as a result - dairy is not my friend. There are also tonnes of lactose intolerant heads and vegans out there too and let me tell you, I feel your pain guys.

What puzzles me most is where this idea that you should pay 25-50c extra for plant based/non-dairy milk rather than actual dairy milk came from. 

After going on to I found that a litre of Avonmore milk is €1.49 and a litre of Alpro soy milk is €1.89. If you consider how many more people will order a coffee with standard milk it really doesn't add up. To add to this, soy milk keeps much longer than standard milk so it can be bought in bulk and last. 

This may seem like I'm being OTT but 25-50c added to your everyday coffee adds up, and it's an absolute struggle trying to root out that extra bit of change after you find out they charge extra, ugh.

For now I can only dream of a world where I can walk into any coffee shop and expect to be charged fairly without question. 


Shoutout to the few cafes and coffee shops that don't charge extra - I love you guys and appreciate you more than you'll ever know. 

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