A perfect cup of coffee is really about balancing its ingredients impeccably. And at Ratio’s coffee, that’s exactly what they strive for. A new café recently opened in the heart of Sharjah, their specialty coffees are brewed and prepared just right. Started by Khalid Faisal Al Qassemi, a National from Sharjah and an expert in coffee profiling and brewing, Ratios Coffee is a popular place to catch up with friends or enjoy some alone time with great coffee!
The café is located in the newly restored Souk Al Shanasiya, that connects to both Souk Al Arsah and Souk Saqr. These areas have traditionally always been the location for busy market places. The Souk is easily accessible and is located by the waterfront on the Corniche Road. The rich urban layers of this area contributed by its historical significance, adds to the charm of the café.
The Entrance to Ratios Coffee
So why are we interested in Ratios Coffee? (apart from the amazing coffee of course). It’s their innovative use of materials in the interior that caught our attention. Almost all the furniture inside is made from wood reclaimed from a retired Dhow about 60 years old. The wood which would have otherwise been sent to the landfill, has been appropriately treated and used to make all the furniture elements. The main counter, shelves above it, benches inside and outside and table tops are made using this reclaimed wood. Wood used for counter has barely been tampered with, adding to the rustic and comforting character of the space.
A close up of the wooden panels
The Main Counter
Often there is a misconception that industrial materials have only a single use. Materials that can no longer fulfill their initial purpose in the industrial field can be reclaimed to be used for exterior and interior buildings after appropriate treatment. There is a need to raise awareness about these principles and strive for a change in the way spaces are conceived.
Not only does using reclaimed material reduce wastage, it can also add a unique character to a space as no two pieces are identical. This is our takeaway from interiors at Ratios Coffee. So where do you source wood from if you don’t have access to a dhow being rebuilt? As we learnt before, Bee’ah, a waste management company based in Sharjah has provided recycled wood to a project by AUS students. Contacting them is a viable option for access to reclaimed materials.
There could also be a possibility of extending this principle to other materials in the future. With more branches of Ratios Coffee coming up in different parts of Sharjah, we are looking forward to seeing how the new interiors will be conceived!