Samui Wining & Dining
More Than Just a Coffee Shop

The Coffee Club welcomes you at any time of the day.

 

17You like Thailand. You love the people, the food and the culture. You’ve sampled the ‘cha yens’ (iced teas) and the fresh coconut milk sipped from a fruit picked moments earlier. But sometimes, just sometimes, you crave a good fry up or some pastries washed down with a hot cappuccino. At The Coffee Club on Chaweng Beach Road, you can easily satisfy those cravings.

      In fact, you get a whole lot more because not only is The Coffee Club open from 8:00 am each morning (so you don’t have to wait long for your breakfast), it is also open until midnight. So not only is it a great place to start your day, it’s also a great place to finish it off.

      When you arrive, you immediately notice the decking outside and the fact that even though it might not yet be 8:00 am, the tables and chairs outside are laid and the doors are open. The smartly dressed staff, in their pressed black shirts and trousers, welcome you in and are always friendly and smiling.

      Dark brown wicker and wooden chairs with cushions provide comfortable seating where you can relax and browse the varied menu and decide which dish is going to set you up for the day. The menu is mainly European-cafe

inspired, but there are many Thai options available too. The Coffee Club has two floors, both with outside seating so you can watch the world pass by.

       For breakfast, you can choose a traditional English breakfast fry up, or be adventurous and try the Turkish bread with avocado, ham and poached eggs. Maybe an omelette is what you need after those cocktails last night or perhaps sweet French toast will put you right? There are options to satisfy at least four nationalities that we spotted, so you’re sure to find something you like. Their signature dish is Eggs Benedict with options for shaved ham, smoked salmon or spinach and mushroom. Don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t mind starting my day with that.

       If you’re not an early bird and only crawl out of bed at lunch time, there are a selection of sandwiches, wraps and open grills, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find some nice treats such as smoked salmon, avocado, ham, Dijon mustard and cream cheese. Maybe you’d prefer some fresh salads or some good classics from home such as fish and chips, nachos or burgers. Or you can enjoy an afternoon snack with some of the delicious pastries and cakes on offer.

      If dinner is more your thing, you still won’t be disappointed as there is a good balance between steaks, seafood, chicken, fresh salmon, and pasta to choose from. There is also a good selection of Thai dishes, complete with a ‘chilli-scale’ so you can choose a dish that has just the right amount of heat for you. And just in case you didn’t overindulge last night, there are some nice cocktails to choose from too, as well as a good wine list.

       The Coffee Club is originally from Brisbane, Australia. The branches worldwide all offer free high speed Wi-Fi, long opening hours, all day breakfasts (which is perfect for party-central Chaweng) and are also open seven days a week. Samui is their fifth outlet in Thailand and they’ve been open now almost three years.

         The Coffee Club’s other Thai locations are in Phuket, Pattaya and Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. Since the launch of the first Coffee Club in Thailand, they have added 80 members to their team and seen a revenue growth of 209 percent. Clearly they’re doing something right. TripAdvisor confirms this with countless reports about how great the coffee is (with special mention about the flat white), how friendly the service is and what a great atmosphere there is (with lots of appreciative mentions about the free Wi-Fi).

         They use beans from South America, Asia and Africa to create their signature blend which is used in their great selection of coffee drinks. Their baristas have all been expertly trained, and together with the top of the range equipment they use, are all capable of producing a fine cup of coffee complete with some pretty cool ‘latte art’ which is so big in the coffee industry nowadays.

         The atmosphere is laid back. From breakfast through to dinner, it’s warm and welcoming, the lighting soft. Large coffee and food picture canvases adorn the walls and the hanging spotlights give the whole area a modern yet comfortable ambiance. The colour scheme of browns, beiges and creams is, well, interestingly ‘coffee-coloured’. It’s a great place to sit and chill with friends or even just to have a quiet moment with a hot steaming cappuccino (or iced coffee or tea).

         Thailand’s coffee culture is on the increase, and Managing Director, Michael Chick says he hopes that The Coffee Club will educate local and international customers about what excellent coffee truly is.

         And excellent coffee it is too. Try it; we’re sure you’ll agree.

         

Colleen Setchell


 


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