Tried and tested: RAW Coffee Company’s coffee and tonic water

Nicaraguan coffee with Fentiman’s Tonic Water, over ice. Hareth Al Bustani
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It sounds like a strange combination: cold brew coffee with sparkling tonic water.

But the resulting “coffee tonic” - aka the new iced coffee - is light and refreshing.

The trend, which emerged in a big way in the US last summer, has landed in the UAE at the RAW Coffee Company in Al Quoz.

There, Nicaraguan coffee is brewed at room temerature for 18 to 20 hours in a tody, which extracts the bitter acids and oils that often get left behind. The resultant coffee is strong, but not harsh on the palatte.

RAW, which serves only locally roasted, organic and ethically traded Arabica coffee at its roastery in Al Quoz 1, is pairing it with Fentiman’s Tonic Water. And ice, of course.

Raw is open Thursday 8am to 5pm. Friday 9am to 5pm