Coffee shop Mima arrives in style at Beechwood Luas

Mima coffee shop BeechwoodOnTheLine is a website about great places to eat, drink and shop near Luas Green Line stops.And smart new coffee shop Mima couldn’t fit the bill more perfectly – situated, as it is, right on the platform at Beechwood Luas stop.

It’s a self-confessed ‘labour of love’ for owners Mike O’Donovan and Mary Doyle  whose first names provided the inspiration for its name.

Mima’s slogan is Love Our Coffee. So it’s not surprising that this is a place where bean selection is all important.

Mike told OnTheLine,’Our freshly ground coffee is a blend of beans from four different origins, each roasted separately to guarantee the best flavour, aroma and colour.

‘Be they from Brazil or Columbia, we’ll be letting customers know all about the beans we use, all of them ethically sourced.

Mike at Mima

Mike O’Donovan – ‘We have to be consistent in the way we use the coffee so we deliver a quality cup every time.’

Mima is also offering time-pressured commuters a quick cup of good quality filter coffee for just €2 – with coins dropped in an honesty box. It means they can be in and out in 30 seconds.

‘The message we want to get over is that if you look down the track from Beechwood and can see a Luas tram at Cowper or Ranelagh, you can still get into us and have a coffee with our express service. We also thinking of offering smaller coffee shots for 50 cents,’ explains Mike.

Mima coffee express

There’s more to the bright, modern Mima than just coffee and speciality teas, however. Food on offer includes excellent home made cakes and mini scones as well as croissants and pastries.

‘We offer gluten, sugar and wheat free options too and we will also cater for those who prefer soya milk with their coffee and tea,’ says Mary.

It’s the first business the Ranelagh couple have owned themselves, though Mike has extensive experience in running bars and restaurants across Ireland.

Mary’s career expertise is also an asset. ‘I worked at Microsoft for more than 22 years. I was a project manager at Sandyford.’

And that’s a more than useful skillset when Mike outlines all the upcoming plans for Mima.

“We have a hatch which we are going to use for serving soft scoop ice-cream,’ says Mike ‘And we also be offering food at lunchtime like paninis and wraps – and we are also hoping to do crepes.

‘It’s small shop but we are trying to cater for all our different markets. We have the commuters first thing but there’s also mothers in the mornings, schoolkids and students looking for a bite to eat at lunchtime and senior citizens who like to come down the line and pop in for drink and a chat.’

A top priority is more tables.’We intend to have an outdoor, covered seating area soon, ‘ says Mike.

The coffee shop’s initial operating hours see it open from 7.30am to 6pm weekdays, 8am to 6pm on Saturdays and 9am to 1pm on Sundays but these hours may change to best suit demand.

Their first day of opening was a week last Saturday when it was ‘lashing rain’, Mike laughs, recalling as well their first Monday morning. ‘Wogans on this site had been closed for about a year and half and I think people had got used to not looking at the kiosk and suddenly we were here – and many of them did a second take.’

Mima Coffee Shop Beechwood,

Inside Mima -the coffee now arriving….
Photo by Marion Keogh Twitter @MKeoghGardens

Mike and Mary are using Facebook to get the message out to a wider audience about Mima’s arrival on Dunville Avenue.

Already they have launched once-off freebies for Lycra-clad weekend cyclists and promotions where people who like their page can win free coffee and pastries for a week .

Last week a Luas tram and a car were involved in an accident at the Beechwood crossing and Mary was quick to act.

‘I was in the shop when I heard the bang so I went out and offered free coffee to people delayed after the incident,’ says Mary.

‘We got a positive response to that.It’s all part of our approach to be a coffee shop that’s part of the local community.’


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