When The Coffee Club opened the doors to its first store on Brisbane’s Eagle Street Pier on Monday November 2 1989, Directors Emmanuel Drivas, Emmanuel Kokoris and John Lazarou unknowingly began one of Australia’s most successful franchises.
Their idea was to create more than just a place where people could meet for coffee; it was to provide a relaxed meeting place that is casual yet sophisticated, stylish yet affordable. In short, their plan was to meet an untapped need in the Australian hospitality market. Last year, The Coffee Club celebrated 21 years in operation, employing more than 6,000 employees and serving more than 40 million coffees annually in its 280 cafés across Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, New Caledonia and China. These statistics make The Coffee Club Australia’s largest home-grown café group, famous for its good food, great service and excellent coffee.