Where to find the best specialty coffees in Dubai
Luckily for coffee connoisseurs, Dubai is now home to a whole host of homegrown cafes specialising in “third-wave” coffees. Here’s where you can go for your gourmet javas, from single-origin espressos, to cold-brew perfection.
The Sum of Us
The second venture from the duo behind cult café Tom & Serg (which has excellent coffee, too), this artisanal venue roasts its own coffee in hand-crafted equipment. Catch all the action through the show kitchen-style glass walls of the custom roastery, and chat with the passionate roast-masters, as you take your pick from their wide selection of coffees – from single-origin espressos to cold-brews (the menu is helpfully coded). They also have a creatively crafted food menu, making it the perfect lunch pit-stop.
Burj Al Salam, Trade Centre area
+971 56 445 7526
For a true taste of Dubai, look no further than The Brass, a community hub anchored around third-wave coffee and the Arabian coffee culture. Their brewed-to-perfection blends are inspired by the city – try The Deira, made with Ethiopian beans; The Creek, an Arabesque homage of Yemeni beans; and the signature Brass blend, with Malabar beans from India celebrating Dubai’s modern multiculturalism. They also have a mobile outpost at The Last Exit food truck park.
City Walk 2
+971 4 385 6971
The Espresso Lab
A labour of love by Emirati entrepreneur Ibrahim Al Mallouhi, this coffee lab and roastery is tucked away inside a wellness centre (The Hundred Wellness Centre) on a leafy Jumeirah side street. Sipping on carefully prepared micro-lot coffee (coffee of the highest possible grading) sourced from the finest coffee-producing nations in the world, in the contemporary sunlight-drenched space, is sure to be relaxing. The friendly team-members are happy to share their know-how, and plans are afoot to open a barista training academy, too.
The Hundred Wellness Centre
+971 50 421 1188
This indie café in Jumeirah is achingly hip with its coffee crate seats, exposed ceilings and industrial lights. Bringing the bean-to-brew ethos to life, here you can custom make your coffee, choosing everything from the estate your coffee comes from, to the way you’d like it made. A gourmet breakfast menu (plus all-day nibbles too) completes the mix. And to make sure no one feels left out, they do some funky brewed teas too!
+971 4 344 4451
This is a place for serious coffee aficionados. Here you’ll find prized single-origin, fair-trade coffees such as Ethiopian Geisha and Grade-one Jamaica Blue Mountain, sourced directly from the farmers. They have a strong community backstory, with the owners working to empower female-run farms in the Middle East and Africa. But if that isn’t enough to lure you in – the skillful preparations of the baristas and alluring Arabesque setting, paying tribute to the origins of coffee culture in Arabia, certainly will. A coffee boutique where you can stock up on these rare beans is also in the pipeline.
Aswaaq Community Mall, Al Bada’a, Al Wasl Road
+971 4 321 6455
Named after the year that the Bani Yas tribe first settled in Dubai, Hub 1833 is a homegrown brand, designed and run by Emiratis. The café specialises in speciality brews, which you can enjoy alongside traditional desserts such as kunafah or signature French toast. Try out Hub 1833’s specials, including Dubai Karak or an 1833 Arabic Coffee, while sitting outside and enjoying the views of the nearby Burj Khalifa. Inside, the café’s Mostawha Corner showcases local art and hosts regular workshops in everything from coffee tasting to crafting with concrete.
Bay Avenue, Business Bay
+971 4 437 6013
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