Five spots to try some unique brews in the emirate
Comptoir 102 Café Orbis is one of the oldest coffee- roasting companies in the emirate, launched in 2006. It now supplies coffee to a huge list of eateries (from Hakkasan to The Noodle House), including this cute, quirky and healthy-eating café inside style boutique Comptoir 102. The café also serves a range of Orbis teas. 102 Jumeirah Beach Road, opposite Beach Centre, Jumeirah (04 385 4555).
La Serre One of the first eateries to begin using locally roasted coffee from Boon Coffee, the elegant bistro and downstairs boulangerie both use a bespoke espresso blend, created especially for them by Orit Mohammed. You can also try Boon Coffee at Urban Bistro in Dubai Media City. Urban Bistro, Dubai Media City (04 362 4330); La Serre, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 428 6969).
Tom & Serg Hot new kids on the block Tom & Serg bring to Dubai the spirit of a gourmet Melbourne café (which is where chef patron Tom Arnel hails from). In keeping with the Melbourne-worthy credentials, due emphasis is also placed on the coffee, which is provided by Al Quoz neighbours Raw Coffee. Al Joud Center, near Ace Hardware, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Quoz (04 338 8934).
More Café In a unique move, More Café not only uses locally produced coffee, but does the roasting and blending to produce its own brand. The roasting takes place at More Café’s branch in the Al Murooj Rotana, but is used across their outlets. More’s beans (or ground coffee) can also be purchased to take away. Al Murooj Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 343 3779).
Rose Leaf Café This retro spot tucked inside the Dubai Garden Centre is currently the only independent venue to use the fruits of Coffee Planet’s labours. The café uses a selection of the Jebel Ali-based roaster’s more premium blends and single-origin varieties. Dubai Garden Centre, Al Quoz 3, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 625 7668).