The Specialty Coffee Scene in Dubai and the UAE has expanded dramatically over the first few years. So much so that it’s hard to keep track of what has opened where, and who is serving what. At my last quick count, there are over 200 places where you can drink Specialty Coffee in the UAE. This ranges from Specialty Coffee Roasters and attached Brew bars, through to cafe’s and pop up’s who don’t roast their own coffee but make a point of only serving Specialty Coffee.
This is my curated listing showing all the places you can drink Specialty Coffee in the UAE. Please bear with me if I’ve missed something, the listing is changing often as more and more places are opening.
My Curated listing Categories
A – The Ultimate Specialty Coffee Place !
The ultimate place to hang out if you love chatting to the barista and/or coffee roaster about specialty coffee. These guys are involved in the whole process from selecting green beans, through to roasting, grinding and brewing.
B –Specialty Coffee is at the heart of what they do.
They serve specialty coffee which is from locally roasted beans or imported beans from a single supplier. Alternatively they may have a rotating supply of beans sourced from specialty coffee roasters worldwide.
C – Places that serve Specialty and/or Great Coffee,
But, it’s not necessarily the only reason you would go to that location. These are the places where perhaps food is at the heart of your experience and Speciality is the added bonus. Also in this category are a few stellar places serving great coffee which is not necessarily Specialty.
The + sign indicates that the coffee is roasted locally in the UAE.
Refers to single origin coffee, country, estate, or micro lots . The coffee must score 80 points or above on a 100-point scale (SCAA).
Could perhaps be a custom house blend of coffee which could be multi origin and would score below 80 points on the 100-point scale (SCAA). The listings here, tend to include the smaller independents and homegrown concepts. Some of those listed have a variety of specialist brewing gadgets eg syphon, aero press etc.
Of course my ratings are somewhat arbitrary and based on my opinion and in research, and in all honestly I haven’t visited all of them (yet).
Do read my Tried & Tasted Articles featuring some of my favorite places link below.