Coffee & The City - 5 of Dubai's Best Gourmet Coffee Houses

Written by Bethan Hurst-Haynes

Creating the focal point of entertaining and ambience, coffee (known as “gahwa”) is a big thing in the UAE and one of the most important aspects of hospitality. A symbol of generosity, it is said that welcoming a guest to your home is incomplete without coffee, which should be prepared and served in front of them in an intricate, ancient set of rituals.

Coffee culture is a huge part of Dubai’s social scene with shops strewn across the city, catering to all palates and budgets. In this blog, we’ll take a look beyond the usual chain-names to explore some of the more boutique, home-grown gourmet coffee houses.

1. Raw Coffee Company

Raw Coffee Company

RAW was founded in 2007 and we quickly realized coffee is not just about the beans and how much care we put into roasting them. It’s also about managing many other variables, including your water quality, training, and finding the right equipment manufacturers to align ourselves with. We are happy to share our 13 years of local knowledge with you too so that you can enjoy an exceptional coffee experience with us.

They also have a cafe onsite which serves up breakfasts, pies and desserts alongside their handcrafted coffees. Founded in 2007, Raw has cemented itself as one of Dubai’s premier gourmet coffee producers. For more information, or just to chat, you can contact them on 04 339 5474.

2. Nightjar


Nightjar was formed in 2017 by a group of eclectic coffee lovers who are all about giving a damn and making it good. We took our passion for coffee and the communities that grow it and bought that to our Flagship Warehouse in Alserkal Avenue. Now, were leading the market in artisanal coffee roasting, cold brew production and all round good times.

Of course, they also have a cafe on site, open 7 days a week from 10:00 - 21:00, serving up a delicious range of hearty food, alongside mocktails and (of course) their own coffees. If you can’t make it there in person, you can shop online and as well as coffee, equipment and accessories you can also purchase from their line of Nightjar merchandise. If you want to talk to them, you can call 050 365 1120.

3. Boon Coffee

Boon Coffee

Boon near Jumeirah Lake Towers was founded by Orit Mohammed, who hails from Harar - the birthplace of coffee trading. She started the company with a “passion for great coffee and a desire to share unique experiences with others”. Her company works closely with all their farming partners and in addition to ensuring fair compensation they also reinvest in communities, funding educational projects.

Life is more than just about ourselves. It is about loving others, helping out in the community, experiencing the world, and learning from others. It's about doing good and creating good from all situations. It's about being called to serve a purpose greater than ourselves. We aim to roast and provide excellent coffee to be the "best part of your day" but more importantly, YOU choosing us as your coffee roaster means that you are choosing to help improve the quality of life for many impoverished coffee farming communities around the world.


4. Coffee Planet

Coffee Planet

Coffee Planet embarked on its journey in 2005, when the local coffee landscape in the UAE was very different from what you see now. With the goal to bring the finest Arabica coffee from across the globe to the masses, we set out to find who was growing the best quality beans, how they were harvesting them and how we could develop our own signature blends. 

The brand started in fuel stations, when the company focus was improving “on the go” coffee options but now they have a far broader reach. Their roastery produces around 300 tonnes of coffee per month, alongside their capsules. All of their products are available online or in supermarkets - their online store also offers a selection of non-dairy milks, alkaline water, equipment and accessories.

5. Surge Coffee

Surge Coffee

Surge Coffee Roasters is a proud Emirati brand established in 2016 aiming to raise the coffee standards in the region, our main goal is to roast and serve the highest quality whilst preserving the great taste of coffee on a large scale for our customers.

They also have a schedule of classes and courses from introduction to coffee knowledge, to latte art and coffee roasting. Their website doesn’t have too much information but their social media is as slick as you would expect, giving a tantalizing glance at what awaits you when you visit. Call them on 058 953 5337.


We hope that this list has inspired you to try a new coffee spot in the city. Of course, if you’re looking for a new home where you can welcome guests (with or without coffee) please contact our Private Client Advisors today, for the very best sale and rental options in Dubai.