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Java House vs Artcaffe: Which Cafe is Better?

Both Java House and Artcaffe are popular coffeehouse chains in Nairobi and parts of Kenya: The purpose of this post is to compare and contrast their offerings and overall experience to determine the better choice, make sure to visit both outlets to decide for yourself, but here is my version of it all


Winner: Java House

Without even taking a count, Java House is the winner here, it has more locations than Artcaffe in any single area and even overall, so you are more likely to be near a Java House than an Artcaffe outlet, unless at the malls where both are present.

Menu: Variety

Winner: Artcaffe

When it comes to menu variety, Artcaffe takes the prize by a landslide.

I used to think Java House had a pretty hefty menu for a coffee joint, but then I stumbled upon Artcaffe, and boy, was I in for a surprise. Their menu is like a small novel, with a dizzying array of drinks, food options, and even a wine list that puts some cocktail bars to shame.

It’s like they’ve got something for every craving under the sun, and then some. So if you’re all about having choices upon choices, Artcaffe’s the place to be.

Both menus are extensive but Artcaffe is much bigger.

Food & Drink Quality

Winner: Java House

Now, let’s talk food. Look, I’ve said it a hundred times and I’ll say it again: ordering food from cafes can be hit or miss. But hey, I’ve tried Java House’s grub multiple times, and it’s been… alright. Nothing to write home about, just your average cafe fare.

As for Artcaffe, I can’t speak from personal experience, but there have been some rumblings online about food poisoning. Can’t confirm or deny those claims, so I’ll leave it at that.

Now, onto the main event: coffee. And let me tell you, Java House knows how to brew a mean cup of joe. Their coffee game is strong, no doubt about it. Sure, Artcaffe might have some specific drinks like espresso that hit the spot, but overall, Java House takes the cake in the coffee department.

But hold up, we can’t forget about pastries. This is where Artcaffe shines. I mean, they’re all about that bakery life, so if you’re after some top-notch pastries, Artcaffe’s the place to be.

In the end, if you’re looking for a spot with a wide range of coffee drinks and intense flavors, Java House is your go-to. But if you’re craving some mouthwatering pastries to go with your brew, Artcaffe’s got you covered.

Price & Value

Winner: Artcaffe

When it comes to pricing, both Artcaffe and Java House are pretty much on par. But let’s talk about value because that’s where the real magic happens.

At Artcaffe, it’s all about the presentation. They serve up their coffee with a touch of flair, offering you a variety of sweeteners to customize your brew just the way you like it.

From syrups to brown sugar to even artificial sweeteners like Canderel, they’ve got options for days. It’s those little touches that make Artcaffe feel like a true premium experience.

Meanwhile, Java House keeps it simple. Sure, you’ll get your coffee but don’t expect any bells and whistles when it comes to sweetening options. It’s basic, no-frills stuff compared to Artcaffe’s fancy spread.

So yeah, when it comes to getting the most bang for your buck, Artcaffe takes the cake. They know how to make you feel like you’re getting a little taste of luxury with every sip.


Winner: Artcaffe

No contest, we all know Artcaffe is the champ here. It’s got that sleek, modern vibe with top-notch furniture, killer lighting, and an atmosphere that just screams sophistication.

Plus, those minimalist colors? Total class act. Meanwhile, Java House is all about that vibrant, colorful energy, but sometimes it feels a bit over-the-top compared to Artcaffe’s cool vibe.

And let’s talk space. Artcaffe’s got those see-through glass walls, giving you primo people-watching opportunities while you sip your double espresso as a tough guy.

Meanwhile, Java House is packed to the brim, which can be a bit overwhelming at times. But hey, less noise means more focus, right? So if you’re looking for a spot to squat down with your laptop and get some work done, Artcaffe’s the clear winner.

Customer Experience

Winner: Artcaffe

it’s a clear win for Artcaffe. You’re greeted with some seriously decent customer service. They know how to make you feel special, unlike Java House where there is preferential treatment for white customers, maybe because they tip? I don’t know but at Artcaffe I never felt discriminated once.

Java House is trying to step up their game, but let’s be real, they’ve still got a ways to go.

People are straight-up airing their grievances on social media about Java’s service. And let’s not even get started on the wait time – it’s practically a meme at this point.

They say don’t go to Java if you’re hungry, ’cause you might just starve away waiting for your order.

So yeah, while Java’s making strides, Artcaffe’s friendly, prompt, and attentive service still steals the show by light-years ahead

Amenities: WiFi and Charging docks

Winner: Artcaffe

Now, between Artcaffe and Java House, it’s a pretty close call, but Artcaffe edges out just a tad.

They both offer WiFi and charging docks, but Artcaffe seems to have a slight edge in terms of reliability and speed.

Verdict and Personal Preference

Overall Winner: Artcaffe

The overall winner in this coffee showdown is… Artcaffe! Yep, they’ve got the whole package – from killer customer service to top-notch coffee and pastries, and decent ambiance they’ve won me over.

So in conclusion, while both are decent coffee shops, Artcaffe is the better choice by winning in 5 of the 7 categories compared

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