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Popular eatery and meeting place, The Coffee Club, as opened another branch on Samui, at the new Central Festival.


17-01This popular Australian coffee house, that has been satisfying customers at its branch along Chaweng Beach Road, has now opened in the new Central Festival. The group, which has been in operation for more than two decades, has branches across Asia Pacific, and has a reputation for not only its great coffee, but also its food and service. They describe themselves as 'modern Australian, with café dining' and their mission is to provide good food, great service and excellent coffee. And by serving more than 40 million cups of coffee every year, and employing more than 6,000 staff, they have more than enough practice in perfecting how coffee should be served.

      And they have enough variety to please the most ardent caffeine addict, be it milder lattes or potent espressos. Liqueur coffees make a perfect way to wind down after dinner, and those steering clear of caffeine would do well to try the chai latte, steamed milk with spiced tea.

      Breakfast lovers need not worry about sleeping late and missing out on their favourite meal of the day, as The Coffee Club serves their extensive breakfast menu all day. The not-so-hungry can choose from light meals such as French toast, muffins or croissants. But those that wake with a serious appetite after a night on the town will be satisfied with choices such as the

‘Big Breakfast’, generously sized omelettes and breakfast wraps. Other lean options include granola muesli, and fruit plates. But for the house speciality breakfast, do try the ‘Poached Eggs with Avocado, Bacon, Tomato and Rocket’, it’s as delicious as it sounds. Two perfectly poached eggs perch on top of toasted and buttered ciabatta bread, topped with mashed avocado, and piled high with fresh rocket. Grilled tomato accompanies the dish. It’s a light and fresh alternative to the breakfast fry-up.

      Those with a raging hunger should give the ‘Strong Arm Angus Burger with Cheese and Bacon’ a go – it’s guaranteed to quell the most ravenous of appetites. All too often, dishes pictured on menus disappoint on arrival, as they look nothing as promised – not the case here. This monster of a burger is as impressive as the picture on the menu – the towering creation is impaled with a kebab stick and pickle to keep it from toppling over. There’s more than enough bacon on top of the juicy patty, and gooey cheese oozes out the side. Crispy potato wedges, perfectly seasoned, complement the burger, and if you’re looking for something refreshing to wash it down, a ‘Pine-lime Frappe’ is just the thing.

     If your taste buds are calling for Thai food, not to worry, as this brand has adapted itself well to the international market, and there’s a great selection of Thai dishes on offer, all authentic of course. The ‘Phad Thai with Prawns’ is worth a mention. This classic Thai dish of fried noodles with bean sprouts, chillies, peanuts, tofu, chives and fresh local prawns, comes as a generous portion, wrapped in a banana leaf. You can also choose to have it with chicken, pork or vegetables.

      A cake and pastry display counter tempts with sweet treats, so do save space, or just pop in for coffee and cake after doing your shopping and errands, to rest weary feet. Sinfully delicious is the ‘Chocolate Mud Cake’, a rich and moist chocolate mousse type cake, served with a dollop of cream. Or, choose from giant chocolate chip muffins, strawberry cheesecake, or a tangy lemon tart. Younger patrons are catered for too, which is a good thing, because if the little ones are content, mum and dad can enjoy their meal in peace. Fettuccini bolognaise, chicken nuggets and chips as well as pint-sized portions of eggs on toast or fish and chips are a few of the choices available.

       Great food is best enjoyed in a great setting, and once again, The Coffee Club has met the mark here. The décor is fresh and modern – concrete screed floors, metal pendant lights, and giant blackboards displaying the specials, while a TV shows the sport or news. Choose from several seating options, from classic table and chairs, to a padded bench or armchairs. Those looking to escape the heat can enjoy the air-conditioned interior, or if you prefer a natural breeze, sit outside on the fan-cooled patio.

         The Coffee Club believes in being socially responsible and has the stamp of approval from UTZ Certified – one of the world’s largest coffee certification programs. Unlike other programs which require only 30 percent of coffee beans to be grown using sustainable methods, UTZ offers customers the assurance that 90 percent or more of the beans in every cup comes from a certified farm. What does this mean and why should the consumer care? Certified farmers are provided with education, tools and information to ensure they can negotiate a better price for their coffee. Their workers are treated with respect and receive access to housing, clean drinking water and health services. Enjoy that cuppa with a clear conscience, as every bean is traceable from farm to factory.

         The Coffee Club hopes to be the answer to the question, “Where shall we meet?” and after popping in to the new store in Central Festival recently, it’s easy to see that many locals and tourists are doing just that. Whether you’re after a spot with a perfectly frothy cappuccino and free Wi-Fi, a central venue to hold a quick business meeting or a relaxed place to meet up with friends, The Coffee Club at Central Festival is just the place – open from 8:00 am until midnight.


Rosanne Turner


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