East Café: The Right Way in Kuwait

“As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?”
― Cassandra Clare

In mid May, I got my an invitation to a soft opening for a local Kuwaiti cafe called East:

Good evening,

We would like to invite you to the opening of our cafe, featuring the right way to coffee you need. Be the first to experience the finest there is!

Therefore kindly provide us with your address in order to send your exclusive invitation.

Kindest Regards,
East Family

And after the weekend the invitation arrived! My husband handed it to me and I was surprised of how heavy it was. It was a branded plastic cup, in it lay an espresso tamper, and a typed invitation.

“والقهوة يجب أن يقدّمها لك شخصٌ ما. القهوةُ كالوَرْد، فالورد يقدّمه لك سِواك، ولا أحدَ يقدّم ورداً لنفسه. وإن أعددتها لنفسك فأنت لحظتها في عزلة حرة بلا عاشق أو عزيز، غريبٌ في مكانك. وإن كان هذا اختياراً فأنت تدفع ثمن حريتك، وإن كان اضطراراً فأنت في حاجةٍ إلى جرس الباب.”
― مريد البرغوثي, ولدت هناك، ولدت هنا

The day came and I took my hubby Hamad as my +1, I was so excited to get to Kuwait City and check the place out. I may not be a great coffee drinker but I had a cup every now and then when I needed some energy to roll.

We reached the place which is located in East Kuwait. It is a quaint, small coffee suitable for people who might be in a hurry and want to have a sandwich and drink coffee or students who want to gather somewhere after classes.

We met Abdul Wahab Al Fares, one of the three owners of East, the other two are Faisal Al-Omar and Mohammed Al – Awadhi. Abdul Wahab is a very charming young man who is very enthusiastic about coffee; the logo East has the S in a different color signaling either East or Eat. The coffee beans come all the way from the UK, and it has such a special taste, I didn’t know coffee was even planted in England because of the climate.

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Hamad choose a hot coffee, I wanted to take “the drink” and it was called Panda, a cold coffee that was electrifying! We talked with the other guests, had fun and left happy. The place is warm like its people and the coffee is delicious!

“No matter what historians claimed, BC really stood for “Before Coffee.”
― Cherise Sinclair