Our story


If it wasn’t for an appetite for coffee it may never have happened! In 1989, Brisbane City, founders Emmanuel Kokoris and Emmanuel Drivas cruised Brisbane late one night in search of a decent coffee, and came up empty handed. This disappointing experience inspired them to seize the opportunity, so they formulated a plan to take the world by storm – a coffee storm – now affectionately known as The Coffee Club.Their lightning bolt idea was to create more than just somewhere for people to meet for coffee; it would be more casual, comfortable yet sophisticated, stylish yet affordable. This untapped need in the Australian hospitality market was all about to change.


Stepping onto the scene in 1990, flamboyant new director John Lazarou spearheaded a targeted marketing plan aimed at putting The Coffee Club front and centre for the world to see. The brand grew exponentially, focused on not only providing a great place to meet, but to be a brand that contributes to and involves the Australian community, year after year.

Since opening its doors in Brisbane in 1989, The Coffee Club has become Australia’s largest home-grown café group with approximately 400 stores throughout 9 countries, with upwards of 40 million dedicated customers.

Our mission and philosophy is simple, at The Coffee Club we want to provide: Good Food, Great Service and Excellent Coffee, in welcoming, relaxing surrounds, a place to enrich contemporary lifestyles, and most of all, to be the natural response to “Where will I meet you?”


Emmanuel Drivas - John Larouz - Emmanuel Kokor

Our core values


Customer Service Teamwork Accountability
Our focus is our customers, both internal & external. Everything we do revolves around ensuring that all our customers have positive and productive contact with us. We encourage and support each other to achieve our best at all times in a safe, fun and relaxed environment.    We accept responsibility for our actions and are accountable for the results achieved.
Positive relationships Continual improvement  
We actively promote a positive and satisfying work environment and represent The Coffee Club positively at all times. We constantly re-evaluate our services and actively elicit, listen and act upon information for continuous improvement, actively promoting innovative practice in all that we do and are involved with.  



Our mission




Excellent Coffee Great Service Good food
The real quality coffee is purchased in Columbia and Brazil, experienced through careful checking systems - being raised and collected with high standard. Then, coffee beans are transferred back to Australia and roasted before worldwide distribution. With this standard checking, the brand commits to deliver quality cups of coffee with delicious tastes.  The Coffee Club offers relaxing environment with different ambiances for various purposes within enriching contemporary lifestyle. With friendly and helpful staffs, The Coffee Club is proud to create memorable reunion moments.  Despite our name, The Coffee Club is about much more than just excellent coffee. At The Coffee Club you'll find a large range of breakfast, lunch and dinner meals available at any time of the day. So if you want bacon and eggs at 4pm or a gourmet beef burger at 10am, it's no trouble at The Coffee Club. As long as we are open we are serving our full menu!



Let The Coffee Club become your favorite buddy on the journey of finding the truth connection in the nearest time!



The Coffee Club is owned by Minor DKL Food Group, a leading Australian retail food brand franchisor.

Minor DKL Food Group is the franchisor and intellectual property owner of The Coffee Club, Ribs & Rumps and Coffee Hit franchise systems with a combined 450 stores in 9 countries.

Minor DKL Food Group is also the owner of Veneziano Coffee Roasters, a leading specialty coffee roasting house supplying wholesale and retail customers throughout Australia from roasting facilities in Melbourne and Brisbane.