Dubai and Its Coffee Shops
Coffee and café culture begun from the Middle East arguably though today Dubai’s coffee shops display a mix of Greek, French to Arabic café cultures with the liveliness of the Emirates.
Coffee scene has considerably improved in Dubai. All the leading coffee chains from the US and UK is operating in Dubai but to find good coffee you still have to look harder (fromcoffeewithlove, timeoutdubai).
RAW Coffee Company
Raw Coffee Company is the specialty coffee chain that focuses on the fair trade, 100% organic coffee and roasts on the site locally in Dubai. It was founded by Kiwis Matt and Kim Thompson in 2007 (thecoffeevine). The roastery is located in Al Qouz, Warehouse 10, al Manara in Shaikh Zayed Road industrial complex and can be a good place to hang out and have great coffee. With friendly and skilled Baristas they have La Marzocco Strada, a brew bar that has an Uber boiler for pour-over coffee. Other than that, three coffee roasters; one Probot, one 18kg Coffee Tool Roaster and a smaller Dietrich sample roaster (fromcoffeewithlove).
Their other outlet is in Um Sequiem in the Emirates Hospitality Academy opposite to Wild Wadi Park (whatson.ae, coffeecakesandrunning).
They have online customers as well as supply to restaurants. They also offer Barista training courses and equipment and espresso-based menu, using Siphons, V60’s, Cemex, and Aeropress to let you taste the flavor of every brew (visitdubai).
Located at Sheikh Zayed Road near ACE Hardware, Al-Joud Centre, Al Qouz, Tom and Serg is a place for prepared food and coffee. They get their beans from the RAW Coffee Company but they get their blend made under the keen guidance of their Chief Barista Jamie, who is from Melbourne and has worked with the finest cafes there (fromcoffeewithlove). Established in Dubai in 2013 by Tom Arnel (from Australia) and Sergio Lopez (from Spain), the duo met for the first time in Abu Dhabi in 2011 and proved their idea that they’ll make a great team as Tom&Serg scored a good reputation in less than a year (whatson.ae).
They have an open plan kitchen, an upstairs sitting area and amusing black board wall that features fun bits of information. The Australian style café produces artisan coffee and they have a second Barista and it is too from Australia, Brisbane.
The Sum of Us is their project as well which is located near Trade Centre roundabout on Sheikh Zayed Road and can be accessed via the World Trade Centre metro station. Nearby hotels include The H Dubai, Fairmont and Conrad (whatson.ae).
Dean & Deluca Café
Prior to their opening in Souk-al-Bahar, Old Town Commercial Island, Burj Dubai in 2008, Dean & Deluca’s only international outlets were found in Japan, who are New York’s famous café/Deli (fromcoffeewithlove). Their new extension is in the Mall of Emirates level 2 (zomato) and their timings are from 9am till midnight every day.
Stomping Grounds Specialty Coffee Hub
Situated in Jumeirah, near zoo, they are the Dubai’s original Specialty Roaster. They own a large outdoor seating space as well as the indoor seating. They roast on the site and offer multiple brews. The Baristas are skilled and the menu includes food as well (coffeecakesandrunning).
The Espresso Lab
Situated close to the Stomping Grounds are the Espresso Lab which is established by the first ever UAE Barista Champion. One Hundred Wellness Studio is where they are located. They have further plans to expand the business in terms of the shops as well as the roaster (coffeecakesandrunning).
Spill the Bean
Located on the beach road, around the corner of the Sunset Mall, spill the Bean get their coffee from Raw and offer a wide range of coffee options for the coffee lovers. Besides latte or cappuccino, cold pressed coffee is on their list as an uncommon offer (coffeecakesandrunning).
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Nida has been writing professionally for CoffeeBI since March 2016.