Coffee Life is a small, street level coffee shop on the first floor of the Jinjiang Library has a staircase up the back that leads to a large library/café, with plenty of tables and comfortable chairs spread over two main rooms. All the wood veneer makes us feel like we are in a ‘70s era small town school library, which actually makes it a great, comfortable spot for coffee and a chat. Their coffee is billed as 7+7, which means fresh ground within seven days of roasting and with milk kept no longer than seven days. The food menu offers a selection of Chinese dishes, coffee, tea, and snacks.
There are a couple of curries, and something called “African spicy chicken.”The set meals, which run around 28-35RMB, are a very decent value when one is looking for quiet sit-down lunch in a comfortable setting downtown. There are about half a dozen shelves of English and other language books in the foreign section, with a rather random mix of novels, classics, and how-to’s, and a smattering of recipe books.
The WiFi is out of range near the foreign books section, but we came here to read anyway.