I find that I write my best stuff when I am out of the house and drinking really nice coffee. I don’t know what it is exactly, but it always works. The better the place and the coffee, the better my the writing.
I don’t do this every day, because, hello, broke! I do the bulk of my writing at home. But there are times when motivation to write just won’t come. Or my mind goes completely blank after writing for a few days in a row. Sometimes I feel like I can’t come up with any new ideas. Most of the time, I am just really bored from sitting at my desk for days on end. A change of scenery will do wonders to any creative type. Actually, scratch that, it will do wonders to any human being out there. Alas, this is not about you people, this is about us, those who’s work is not traditional.
Walking in to The Coffee Club – a place I used to frequent when I lived in Brisbane back in the day – at 8 AM in the morning is completely normal. They open at 7:30 AM. Most of their traffic consists of walk-ins grabbing their much needed coffee fix before they head to work. That in and of itself should tell you that their coffee is at least worth trying. When this place opened, I was skeptical. It was not my go to cafe in Brisbane and their coffee was just ok. So I jumped a little late on to the bandwagon. Needless to say, I was very surprised the first time I tried it, and LOVED IT! The coffee is delicious. My favourite coffee is by Tom&Serg, so that should give you an idea of my palette. I normally drink a cappuccino but I used to only have lattes before. I don’t think I am ever going to enjoy black coffee or plain espresso, but I’ll never say never.
Their menu is pretty extensive. Eggs, pancakes, you know the deal. I’ve tried 4 or 5 dishes, and I loved all of them. Last time I had their Spanish Potato Hash. The dish was good, but the potatoes were a tad too oily for my taste. And I also had the cappuccino, extra hot. If you’re going to be sitting there for hours, you want to order your coffee extra hot. Most cafes make their coffee hot enough to drink it as soon as they serve it to you, and not burn your tongue. I’ve also found that the coffee stays hot longer if I order it in a to-go cup. However, there in lies the risk of missing out on a beautiful picture of the coffee cup for Instagram. Choose wisely.
On to the most important part of this review. Can I sit there and write? Short answer is, yes. But, I am a writer so I have to go into the long answer. Whether you’re writing shorthand or on a laptop, the atmosphere is conducive to creativity. The seats are comfortable, especially if you’re sitting at the long bench or the booths. Anywhere near the windows is pretty good because that’s where they have the single couch chairs. Since it’s summer in Dubai, I tend to stay away from the hot window, but when it’s cool, I always grab a seat by the window.
If they see you walk in with a laptop, they bring you the log in details for the internet along with the menu. I love their initiative. Otherwise, just ask them for the password to the wifi. Their wifi connection is good and connecting to it is very easy. It’s a huge pet peeve of mine when it takes so long to connect and you end up wasting precious battery time on silly connection issues. Kudos to The Coffee Club for having a good system
The music they play varies, but it’s mostly house music or an easy listening playlist. When they’re playing house music, I plug in my earplugs and I go about my day. Feel free to ask the staff to turn the volume down or change the playlist. The staff are super friendly, available and helpful.
Parking is easy. There’s an underground parking, a shaded outdoor parking at the front of strip mall where the cafe is, and there are also a few parking spaces on the side of the mall.
All in all, I’d give this place 8.8 out of 10.
Coffee – 9/10
Disclaimer: I am not part of The Coffee Club nor was I paid to write this review. This is purely a way for me to review and document the best restaurants and cafes in The U.A.E. for individuals who want to write and enjoy good coffee. If their food is good, that’s a plus.