Seven of the UAE’s finest coffees, from Panamanian to Nicaraguan

Here are some tasty blends to seek out in Abu Dhabi and Dubai

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In March, a study from the UK Biobank — thought to be the largest of its kind — declared that drinking two or three cups of coffee a day may reduce heart disease and death from other causes.

It’s uplifting news for connoisseurs of the drink, who are well served in the UAE and can now seek their caffeine fix guilt-free.

Here, we look at some of the fanciest cups of Joe in town, based on myriad factors — from beans and brewing to taste and presentation.

Gahwa latte

Where: O Cafe, The Dubai Mall

What: A signature cup at the stylish O Cafe, this decadent Arabic coffee comes with a home-made milk base, and is topped with whipped cream, pistachio powder and saffron.

How much: Dh48

Cold Brew Spritz

Where: Drop Coffee, Yas Bay, Abu Dhabi

What: This spritz blends layered cranberry and lemon juice, sparkling water and an in-house 21-hour-immersed cold-drip coffee, and comes with a touch of fresh mint.

How much: Dh35

Kenya Swara AA

Where: Black Coffee by Cafe Younes, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

What: An 18th-century Belgian invention, the royal siphon works by gravitational energy, vacuum and vapour pressure. With this speciality-grade Kenya Swara AA, it delivers a flavourful, clean and aromatic coffee with notes of apple, lime, milk chocolate, pear and nuts.

How much: Dh64

Magic Mylk Latte

Where: Tania’s Teahouse, Umm Suqeim 2, Dubai

What: This shot of fair trade, female-harvested Rwandan coffee comes with chaga, Nut Mylk, dates and coconut oil, which is known to improve brain function and energy. Powdered chaga mushrooms help with memory, concentration, cellular regeneration and serotonin levels, and fight inflammation.

How much: Dh30

Lavender latte

Where: Harvest & Co, Dubai Garden Centre

What: A drink that smells as delicious as it tastes, this luscious latte contains frothy milk, a syrup made from dried lavender buds and a shot of Encounter Roastery’s signature coffee. It also comes garnished with lavender, which has calming and stress-relieving properties.

How much: Dh24

Authentic Italian espresso

Where: Caffe Vergnano, The Dubai Mall

What: This drink is made from Nicaragua’s famed Maragogype beans, also known as elephant beans, which stand out for their large and long shape. The red cherries are picked one by one, then dried under the sun and packed into jute bags directly at the plantation. The result is a delicate and aromatic blend with subtle acidity.

How much: from Dh16

Panama Geisha

Where: Intellect Coffee, Al Quoz, Dubai

What: This smooth and fruity coffee concentrate is made from hand-picked cherries harvested from Volcan Baru, the tallest mountain in Panama. It's brewed using the finest Arabica beans and has a very distinctive flavour profile: tasting notes include pineapple, lemon peel, grapefruit and cacao nibs.

How much: Dh155

Home brew recipe to try at home

If you’re a fan of Panamanian beans and an at-home brewer, consider picking up the 90+ Panama – Pache (Dh120) from Coffee Planet, so named because the beans are roasted to a quality that scores 90+ on the SCA speciality coffee grading scale. Pache variety hails from the highlands of Panama, and is full-bodied yet well-balanced thanks to notes of dates, raisins, plums, cocoa, tea rose, hazel nuts, strawberry, orange and honey.

Updated: June 02, 2023, 10:49 AM