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OLA & HANNAD // SPILL THE BEAN

September 09, 2015
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Beachroad Magazine meet up with Ola & Hannad the founders of super cool independent speciality coffee shop Spill the Bean and chat about the community while sampling their awesome coffee and pastries.

What does the Beach Road mean to you? Beach Road for us is a home away from home in Dubai. There’s something about Dubai that’s very Sheikh Zayed Road and sky scrapers and speed and commotion and hustle and bustle. To us, Beach Road is where it all slows down to a pace that allows you to smell the roses, enjoy the beach and lounge around the parks. It has actually become home.

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Why did you choose the location for ‘Spill the Bean’?
When we first dreamt up ‘Spill the Bean’, we planned for it to be a café trottoir / sidewalk coffee shop. Being in Dubai, that would have meant being operational for just a few months of the year because of the heat. We therefore chose a location on Beach Road that has the semblance of outdoor seating, a community feel and ample parking space. Naturally, that lead us to Sunset Mall.

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Where do you like to eat/shop along the Beach Road area?
We love to grab some sandwiches, salads, desserts and coffees from our shop and to picnic on the beach or in the park. That’s our all-time favourite eating routine. It’s that or the garden while the weather is in our favour. Summer time is a whole different story. We’ll try not to think of that for now - but we see a lot of trips to Yogurtland in Box Park to cool us off.

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Any upcoming news/events you are involved in?
We are super excited to open our new shop in DIFC very, very soon. We’re planning on taking things up a notch with the food and Beverages - we’re keeping our signature dishes and drinks and venturing into hot meals which are healthy and homey. Lots of good and new things to come from that outlet. We can’t wait! We’re also planning on making the most of what’s left of the good weather by popping up in as many festivals and events as we can. We’re regulars at the Ripe Night Market in Al Barsha Park. We’re also
venturing into Abu Dhabi. Exciting times!

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Ola answers the Beachroad Magazine Q&A //

NAME? // Ola.

YOUR FIRST JOB? // Art director.

YOUR CURRENT OCCUPATION? // Creative director and serial coffee drinker.

YOUR GREATEST LOVE? // My family.

YOUR GREATEST FEAR? // Never acknowledge the things I am scared of and they just don’t happen. Smart, eh?

WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY? // Don’t remember.

WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL AND WHY? // My mother.

WHAT WAS THE LAST GIFT YOU GAVE SOMEONE? // A massage for a friend a couple of hours ago. I’m a good friend.

IF YOU WERE 80 YEARS OLD, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUR CHILDREN?// Don’t always listen to your parents. Sometimes you need to learn by making your own mistakes.

YOUR WORST TRAIT? // Temper.

THE WORST TRAIT IN OTHERS THAT GETS YOU MAD? // Lying.

WHO WOULD PLAY YOUR ROLE IN A MOVIE? // Probably a cat.

FAVOURITE MUSIC? // Jazz.

LAST RECORD YOU BOUGHT? // Rolling Stones for my son.

FAVOURITE BOOK? // So many.

LAST BOOK YOU BOUGHT? // Haruki Murakami- Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU? // Travel.

THE CLOSEST YOU HAVE COME TO DEATH? // I feel my heart give out a bit every time one of my kids gets into mischief.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION? // Lebanon.

LEAST FAVOURITE DESTINATION? // Lebanon (love/hate relationship going on here).

HOW DO YOU RELAX? // I don’t.

WHY DUBAI? // Why not.

ARE YOU SPORTY? // Yes.

BEACH OR DESERT? // Beach. Always.

URBAN OR RURAL? // Urban all the way.

CATS OR DOGS? // Dogs.

COFFEE OR TEA? // Coffee coffee coffee.

WHAT YOU MAKES YOU LAUGH? // Hannad.

WHAT MAKES YOU CRY? // Hannad.

YOUR MESSAGE? // Drink more coffee.

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Hannad answers the Beachroad Magazine Q&A //

NAME? // Hannad.

YOUR FIRST JOB? // Engineer.

YOUR CURRENT OCCUPATION? // General Manager and serial cake eater.

YOUR GREATEST LOVE? // My family.

YOUR GREATEST FEAR? // Drowning in a submarine.

WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY? // Being attacked by a crocodile but escaping and saving my twin in the process.

WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL AND WHY? // Myself. Because I’m awesome.

WHAT WAS THE LAST GIFT YOU GAVE SOMEONE? // LPs to a friend.

IF YOU WERE 80 YEARS OLD, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUR CHILDREN? // I’ll let you know when I’m 80.

YOUR WORST TRAIT? // I don’t have any.

THE WORST TRAIT IN OTHERS THAT GETS YOU MAD? // Lazy brain.

WHO WOULD PLAY YOUR ROLE IN A MOVIE? // Zeus.

FAVOURITE MUSIC? // Jazz & classical.

LAST RECORD YOU BOUGHT? // Etta James.

FAVOURITE BOOK? // So many.

LAST BOOK YOU BOUGHT? // The Piano Cemetery.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU? // My wife. Because she’s so awesome.

THE CLOSEST YOU HAVE COME TO DEATH? // Very close and cannot be disclosed for the general safety of humanity.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION? // Alps.

LEAST FAVOURITE DESTINATION? // Saudi.

HOW DO YOU RELAX? // Music.

WHY DUBAI? // Because Ola said so.

ARE YOU SPORTY? // I would like to be.

BEACH OR DESERT? // Beach.

URBAN OR RURAL? // Urban.

CATS OR DOGS? // Cats.

COFFEE OR TEA? // Coffee and tea and chocolate and cake.

WHAT YOU MAKES YOU LAUGH? // My son.

WHAT MAKES YOU CRY? // I’m a man’s man and I don’t cry because I’m so rough and tough (except when my kids won’t let me sleep- I cry like a baby from lack of sleep).

YOUR MESSAGE? // Listen to me. I know what I’m talking about.

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