Coffee Chronicles: The museum Brighton and Hove is missing

Don’t get your hopes up, we’re not going to open one, we’re just going to tell you about someone else’s.

There are nine museums in Brighton and Hove, including the Old Police Cells Museum which boasts a rather marvellous little coffee shop opposite. We have a Natural History Museum, a Toy Museum and even a Fishing Museum, but what Brighton and Hove is missing is a museum focused on the locals’ favourite habit.

Not a museum of embarrassing names for children, not a museum of radical diet choices, and not a museum of failed musicians’ memorabilia, but a museum of coffee. Don’t get your hopes up, we’re not going to open one, we’re just going to tell you about someone else’s.

Inspired by The Coffee Museum in Hamburg, Khalid Al Mulla decided to transform a little house in Dubai into the region’s first Coffee Museum. Dubai isn’t all about giant buildings that look like ships - before all that there were little streets with little houses and if you look beyond the glazed eyesores, you’ll find that they’re still there.

Khalid’s museum is in Al Fahidi - the Emirates’ historic neighbourhood - and it celebrates all things coffee. He’s got grinders and roasters dating back to the 1800s, antique tools from all over the world, and a library dedicated to every word ever written about coffee - perhaps he’s even storing back-copies of Coffee Chronicles. Yes, history will remember us, for we intend to write it. Totally ripped that off from Churchill.

Coffee in museum tearooms is notoriously disappointing, but not at Khalid’s gaff. Serving coffee to your guests is an Emirati tradition and a symbol of generosity. Whether consumed in a golden goblet in a swanky hotel, or an earthenware cup on the streets of Al Fahidi, the UAE will welcome you with coffee. Sounds pretty good to us.

As our city ushers in a new year with new projects like the i360 - our very own Burj Al Arab Jumeirah (that’s the big one that looks like a ship) - we remind you that our old traditions and values will always remain for as long as we continue to honour them.