Best coffee in Dubai
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What’s different about Arabic coffee?
Meeting for a coffee is something that the Bedouins have been doing for centuries – the drink would be the first thing they’d offer to their guests. Unlike the coffee commonly drunk in the West, however, traditional Arabic coffee is not filtered. Instead, the coffee grounds are boiled in a kezveh (copper pan) and served from an elaborate teapot known as a dallah into a cup or a glass. The coffee isn’t filtered, so it can only be drunk and enjoyed once the grounds have fallen to the bottom. Arabic coffee is about as strong as an espresso. The taste, however, is completely different, thanks to the use of spices such as cardamine.
Time Out asked the good people of Dubai to vote for their favourite mainstream coffee house.
• 23% Starbucks
• 22% Caribou Coffee
• 22% Costa Coffee
• 12% Caffè Nero
• 10% Other
• 5% Gloria Jeans
• 5% Second Cup
• 2% Dunkin’ Donuts
Coffee: good or evil?
It’s difficult to know what to think about coffee. One minute we’re told that it’s bad for us, the next we’re being told to drink more. So is coffee our friend or foe? Time Out corners local nutrition expert Belinda Rennie and demands answers.
‘Coffee contains antioxidants and can be considered a healthy drink [if limited] to one or two cups a day,’ says Belinda. ‘It stimulates the cortex of the brain, improves attention, concentration and coordination as well as dilating blood vessels and helping muscles to contract – the reason why most people like to drink it first thing in the morning.’
While this is all well and good, Belinda says the benefits of coffee decrease the more you drink. ‘Coffee has caffeine in it, which is an addictive stimulant, and this is where the problem lies. If you’re using coffee as
a substitute for food and a wake-up call, it may mean you aren’t getting sustained energy from eating a balanced diet and getting enough rest. Add the diuretic factor [coffee dehydrates you] and you could be losing more water from your body than you take in from a cup of coffee.’
Belinda says this is when coffee drinkers begin to feel jittery and irritable, though these effects vary from person to person depending on how quickly the liver can break down and metabolise the chemical components of coffee. ‘If you get a headache and feel lousy after just two to three days without caffeine (the classic weekend headache), then maybe you’re ready for a gentle liver detox.’
Belinda Rennie is a nutritionist working from Cooper Health Clinic. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org (04 348 6344).
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