8 UAE-Based Specialty Coffee Brands Crafting Authentic Flavours

From rich and bold espresso shots to creamy and sweet cappuccinos, a coffee variety suits every taste preference. 

by Priyanka Fernandes
8 UAE-Based Specialty Coffee Brands Crafting Authentic Flavours

If you’re an avid coffee drinker, the United Arab Emirates has diverse coffee options that will tantalise your taste buds. Whether you’re looking for a quick pick-me-up to start your day, an energizing boost to power through your afternoon, or a relaxing moment to share with your loved ones, coffee is a ubiquitous and essential beverage in the UAE. We’ve curated some of Dubai’s best coffee shops and roasters in this list, each with unique charm and character.

1. RAW Coffee Company

Dubai’s RAW Coffee Company roasts 100% organic Arabica beans from Africa and the Americas, supplying local establishments. Customers can purchase packets at the roastery or sample blends at the espresso bar. RAW operates from a 13,500-sqft roastery café with an SCA premier training campus. The WORKING blend, favoured for its smooth medium body, is best enjoyed as a flat white. Managing Director Kim Thompson prioritizes freshness, with beans roasted just in time for optimal flavour between days seven and 21.

Where: Al Quoz, Dubai
When: Sun to Sat from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm
Cost: Starts at AED60

2. Maison Maatouk

Maison Samira Maatouk is a coffee house and bistro that offers customized coffee blends. In the 1950s, Mahmoud established a roastery in Beirut to cater to changing coffee preferences. He registered it as Maison du Café Maatouk in 1960. After 20 years of operating in the UAE, the company annually produces 3,000 tons of coffee beans, with a 30% growth rate and a turnover of $250 million. The Samira Maatouk Group owns multiple coffee brands across the Middle East and other regions.

Where: Maison Maatouk Cafe, Ground Level, Beside Rivoli, Bawabat Al Sharq Mall, Baniyas, Abu Dhabi
When: Sat to Wed from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm and Thurs to Fri from 8:00 am to 12:00 am
: AED125 for two people (approx)

3. The Sum Of Us


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At The Sum of Us, coffee lovers indulge in signature blends brewed to perfection. With an on-site roastery, baristas experiment with Colombian, Guatemalan, and Ethiopian beans for their Tsounami blend, alongside the vibrant Kenyan Kii. Customers can take home freshly roasted beans and purchase brewing equipment, with classes available for mastering the art of coffee preparation.

Where: Ground Floor, Burj Al Salam, 6th Street, Trade Centre – Dubai
When: Sun to Sat from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm
Cost: AED130 for two people (approx)

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4. Mokha 1450


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Mokha 1450, inspired by a Yemeni port and coffee’s historical roots, prioritises ethical sourcing. They roast five coffee origins, four traded directly from female farmers in regions with limited opportunities for women. Their Geisha blend, sourced from the Talook Women’s Coffee Association in Ethiopia, highlights their commitment to empowering female farmers. At the café, customers can select their preferred blend for brewing or purchase bags to enjoy at home or work, with customized roast levels available for standing orders.

Where: Al Wasl Road and Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
What: Mon to Wed from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm and Thurs to Sun from 7:00 am to 11:00 am
Cost: AED65 for two people (approx) at Jumeirah

5. Speciality Batch

Speciality Batch is a haven for Arabica enthusiasts, offering Specialty Coffee sourced from the top 17% of global production. Their beans, sourced seasonally from South America and Africa, are roasted in Dubai to reveal distinct flavours. Co-founder Ryan Godinho explains their range from nutty, chocolatey notes to delicate fruity and floral nuances. With small-batch roasting to order, they guarantee delivery of some of the freshest coffee in the Emirates within one to five days.

Where: 1514, Grosvenor Business Tower, Tecom, Dubai
When: Mon to Fri from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Cost: Starts At AED50

6. Coffee Planet


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Coffee Planet is a rapidly growing coffee roaster in the UAE that is quickly becoming one of the top choices for coffee lovers. They offer an impressive range of coffee options that include Single Origin varieties sourced from various countries worldwide and 100% Arabica blends, including decaf and organic options. You can enjoy their coffee in both bag and capsule form, and they also offer coffee-brewing starter kits for those who prefer traditional brewing methods. With Coffee Planet, you can experience the world of coffee in a whole new way.

Where: Al Quoz, Dubai
What: Sun to Sat from 8:00 am to 12:00 am
Cost: Coffee Beans Starts At AED20

7. Boon Coffee


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Boon Coffee, founded by Orit Mohammed, imports beans from Ethiopia and is renowned for its various coffee productions. They focus on high-quality Ethiopian coffees like Yirgacheffe, Sidamo, and Harrar, each offering distinct flavours. Roasting about one tonne monthly, they supply their café in Jumeirah Lakes Towers and other venues like La Serre, Baker and Spice, Gallery Lafayette, and Urban Bistro.

Where: 1 Lake Plaza, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai
What: Sun to Sat from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Cost: Coffee Beans Starts At AED40

Also Read: 5 Best Places To Enjoy Filter Coffee In Dubai

8. Emirati Coffee Co


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Emirati Coffee Roastery is Dubai’s top destination for gourmet coffee lovers. Renowned as the city’s best coffee wholesaler and roastery, it specializes in artisanal coffee roasts and custom blends. It also offers fresh coffee beans and organic coffee retailer services. Whether you crave Specialty Coffee in Dubai, Premium Coffee Takeout, or a cosy, relaxing spot, Emirati Coffee Roastery has you covered.

Where: 14 9b St – Al Quoz – Al Quoz Industrial Area 3 – Dubai
What: Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sat 9:00 to 5:00 pm
Cost: Coffee Beans Starts At AED49

UAE offers coffee enthusiasts various options to enjoy this beloved beverage. Coffee is essential in many people’s lives, whether they need a morning boost, an energy kick, or a cosy moment with their loved ones. So, take a sip and savour this beloved drink’s flavour in the UAE.

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