Coffee has been an important part of Arabian life for centuries and cafe culture has long been one of the most popular pastimes in Dubai. The past couple of years have seen new trends emerge. From latte art and cold brews to in-house roasts and specialit
Roasts from all over world are served at this independent coffee house on Jumeirah Beach Road. Expect excellent brews from as far and wide as San Francisco and Kenya. The baristas really know what they’re doing and can help those who aren’t clued up on their caffeine.
USP: It really feels like you’re among friends here, and coupled with the quality of drinks on offer, visiting Brew Café is a no-brainer.
Try the… Iced latte. You’re right next to the beach, so come here to cool down.
At this motorcycle shop-come-café, not everyone will be able to afford a custom-made bike, but an excellent brew is within everyone’s price range, and just sitting in the studio space is enough to bring out your inner Easy Rider.
USP: The setting is like no other in Dubai. See the custom bikes being made while sipping on a coffee and chomping on hearty American fare.
Try the… McQueen’s – a mix of cold coffee, apple juice and cinnamon.
This third outpost from Tom & Serg is perfect for when you’re tired of a day’s wandering the shops at Mall of the Emirates. The industrial interiors have a similar feel to its sister cafés Tom&Serg and The Sum of Us, but the pastry cabinet really shines here.
USP: All the baked goods go half price after 8.30pm every day. You need something sweet to wash down that macchiato, don’t you?
Try the… We like to keep it simple here. The long black has just the right ratio of water to espresso.
This unassuming little café has plenty to offer. Firstly, the setting is stunning, overlooking Jumeirah Fishing Harbour. Secondly, the sweet treats they serve up are fantastic, especially the gelato (flavours include Twix, saffron and “energy”). And last, but certainly not least, the coffee is superb, with beans from local roastery Gold Box.
USP: Sea, sunset views and a spot of latte art.
Try the… Hot café latte for an Instagram-worthy experience.
Everything about this venue is innovative, from the hook-up with car giant Lexus to the way they brew their coffee. It has a ready-made audience In DIFC, in those looking for a morning boost on the way to work. Using Raw Coffee, it serves hot drinks with milk at 65°C, which is the ideal temperature for it to keep its structure and sweetness. Who knew?
USP: Baristas use a syphon – a filter coffee maker that dates back to 1860s Berlin.
Try the… It has to be that syphon. Watching it brew is worth the Dhs22 alone.
Classic cappuccinos, lattes, long blacks and flat whites are all served up at this cool, beachside spot, but the “advanced brewing methods” of its coffee lab, which includes such offerings as the syphon – a spectacle prepared at your table – a clean and smooth chemex and an iced Kyoto – filtered for eight hours – makes this café stand out from the JBR crowd. Those who like to experiment with flavours are catered for, too, with a list of speciality coffees featuring ingredients as diverse as chocolate flakes, chilli and biscotti.
USP: Its Aztec mocha, made up of espresso, dark chocolate and a firey mix of cinnamon and chilli.
Try the… Terrapin, if you have more of a sweet tooth. It’s a dream of a cup featuring a lush blend of espresso, steamed milk, chocolate, hazelnut, caramel and whipped cream. From Dhs18.
Always a popular spot, serving great grub as well as top-notch coffee, jones takes its brewing pretty seriously. It has six of its own single origin coffees (including beans from Mexico, Burundi and Ethiopia) and serves them in a number of ways (including cold drip, the rather industrial sounding – but actually very good – chemex, and, well, hot). There are also regular workshops on brewing and latte art (next up on Friday May 13 and 27 respectively). These guys really know their beans.
USP: This is serious coffee but in a very relaxed, family-oriented setting. No need to feel intimidated here.
Try the… Short black. Keep it simple with a top-quality espresso.
They call their café “the heart of coffee” and pride themselves on using methods and beans that were available in the early days of coffee drinking. It’s a cute little place on Al Wasl Road that is dedicated to the brews they serve, more than anything else. Baristas recommend drinking the single origin coffees without milk or sugar. You can then choose how it’s brewed and served. Cold and milky coffees are available.
USP: You can find out exactly where beans came from – this place looks after the coffee “from crop to cup”.
Try the… World’s most expensive coffee – Jamaica Blue Mountain. Pure, smooth and not bitter at all.
Hidden within the industrial estates of Al Quoz, Raw Coffee opened with the intention of establishing a market in Dubai for freshly roasted, premium speciality beans, sourced from all over the world and roasted on site. The experienced and friendly staff will help you find the perfect coffee for your palette, from the strong darker roasts to those with unusual fruity notes. Connoisseurs can also buy equipment and beans in bulk for home brewing.
USP: The unpretentious atmosphere is the perfect place for beginner coffee enthusiasts to sample a wide variety.
Try the… Cold drip coffee with ginger ale. It’s refreshing, zesty and unusual.
An independent, Italian-run café in the shadow of JLT’s Almas Tower, head down on a Friday or Saturday morning to join the masses over a strong Lavazzo espresso and freshly made pastry.
USP: Great deals, including a coffee and house-made croissants for Dhs25. They also make their own gelato.
Try the… Marocchino, espresso with dark chocolate and foam milk. The perfect afternoon pick-me-up.