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Coffee Shops in Riyadh: Java Time

Java Time (Java Time, used to be Coffee Time and Y Cafe) started as a small coffee shop by the owners of Softland computer hardware store. This is supposed to be their homepage but there’s nothing.

It used to be a decent coffee shop but lately they opened a branch in every street, the coffee quality changed dramatically and bad seating.

Black drip coffee taste old, espresso feels burnt, their “popular” drinks are just covered in sugar and sweeteners so nothing to taste. Apparently you need to get used to it to like their coffee, no thanks.

The seating in every branch is extremely congested, there is no open space and if the branch is full then prepare for the bad smells. Most coffee shops keep an open breathing space between seating areas to make it a comfortable place. Don’t bother conversations with your friends because everyone is talking, it’s louder than a noisy classroom. Did I mention the smell? At least they don’t allow smoking.

Internet: their Internet policies changed so much: pay 10SR for 1 hour or 50MB bandwidth, free for 20 minutes using a card that you ask for each time and apparently they made a deal with STC to provide free Internet. Please note that it’s an open access point so take caution.

Gowalla locations in Riyadh: King Abdulaziz rd, not sure, heh, Tahliah rd, Mecca rd, Takhassusi st and King Abdullah rd.

In the end, it’s definitely not a recommended place by me. Unless you want to order a french latte (loaded with sweeteners) and other similar drinks. If you want real black coffee or espresso that’s good then you are at the wrong place. It’s a shame really since it’s one of the 2 local coffee shop brands (the other is Dr Cafe) and both offer horrible coffee.

 
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  • T

    “and both offer horrible coffee”. I agree .

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  • Waleed Alzuhair

    Oh, I meeting a friend tomorrow afternoon at one of their branches.. I hope we don’t experience the smell.. Blaaa..

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    Khaled A. Reply:

    If it’s a full branch then run away :)

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  • FaisalAjam

    It’s pretty bad. I like Starbucks, but the service is pretty bad. Caribou coffee is excellent as well.

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    ekhaled Reply:

    Yes, I prefer Caribou as well, too bad they only have one branch in Riyadh

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    FaisalAjam Reply:

    And It’s right next to the freeway.

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  • ekhaled

    Yes, I prefer Caribou as well, too bad they only have one branch in Riyadh

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  • Mohammed Faisal

    I am a confirmed coffee Lover and agree with the point that Java Time dont have the exact coffee taste, but against the point that dr.CAFE has the burnt taste…

    The black and Espresso coffee is fantastic in dr.CAFE

    I Salutes to dr.CAFE!!

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  • http://www.emaat.com محمد الصويّغ

    I go there daily – in the morning – it’s not bad to sit , the tables are suitable for reading & writing . in the morning .. no noise , no bad smell :) recently , they made the internet access free .

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    Khaled A. Reply:

    in the morning it’s probably better ;)

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  • JRL

    are you all guys paid to hurt a reputation of someone? Your comments were biased….I totally experience the other way around. Get real! be fair!

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    Khaled A. Reply:

    yes, each one of us own a competing coffee shop. that’s why we are biased ….

    seriously?!

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    Khuloud Reply:

    @Khaled A., jealousy jealousy jealousy.

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    Khaled A. Reply:

    @Khuloud, oh

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  • Khuloud

    Java Time is the best. Not only based on my opinion but also by every single friend of mine as well as my family members. Make sure you brush your teeth before drinking coffee. That will do it hopefully & it will solve your personal problems as well. Yeah and about the smell, make sure to use a deodorant “if you cant afford showering” I really feel sorry for you guys. What can I say, maybe its not made for people with poor taste. + Dr.cafe is great. Look at Yousif S AlRajhi “mashallah” he’s getting richer by the minute.

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    Khaled A. Reply:

    @Khuloud, I don;t know about the family section, but the mens’ section is indeed congested and have no free space, it’s like a class room

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  • Halim

    Java Time is the best cafe in Saudi Arabia, they have a perfect recipe and they have a special service,

    Performance of the staff are very good and professional,

    Really i like so much the preparation of the cafe, ” Illy “

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  • http://www.khaled.us Khaled A.

    try hagen daz coffee, also illy

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    Amir Habib Reply:

    @Khaled A., Dear Khaled

    I would love to KNow Where is Your Favorite Place To have your coffee..? So i can taste it and let you know if you are right Or not ( i think its fair enough )

    have a good day..

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  • Halim

    but! the preparation of espresso and double are very bad, i was in Jeddah, red sea mall, i find illy in hagen daz, but inside the can: it was very bad cafe not illy, i try it also in riad but very bad quality, Java is the best……

    Regards

    halim

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  • Amir Habib

    I have Tried java time yesterday, And i really like it.. i like the coffee.. i like the environment.. i like the staff they were very nice.. and they have branches every were in riyadh.. and the good thing about java time is that they are open after fajr’s prayer till 12 AM i dont think that anyone else is open at that time..!

    keep up the good work JAVA time..

    i love the Name Also ^_^

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    halim Reply:

    @Amir Habib,

    yes…. u r right Amir, you now its not easy to do this kind of job, and also a management, u need many years to get the level what Java time are today,

    i m very happy when i now people like you appreciate a cup of excellent cafe,

    have a nice day

    halim

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  • http://twitter.com/IlhamElhattan إلهام الحتان

    Having your coffee short and/or extra shot is a must at Java Time for it to be actually coffee.  ‘Been a loyal costumer way back when it was still called Coffee Time. Haven’t tasted better in Riyadh and don’t know if that’s a compliment to them or just bad coffee in Riyadh.

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