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Frankly, I'm getting tired of all the overpriced, overly bitter and/or overly milky cappucinos from the likes of Starbucks and Costa and Cafe Nero. Once in a blue moon they do get it right but that's, what, one cup out of every thirty? It's dawning on me that all the 16/AED day being wasted on bad coffee is piling up to a significant amount.

In London there are scores of first rate coffee houses no thanks to the Australian influx. Even in Bali I had quite a few pretty damn good coffee. But what about Dubai? What's your vote for the best coffeehouses in the city? So far I have to say the following are pretty good (but unfortunately not convenient for my daily cup):

Barista at MoE
The coffee cafe at the Dubai Garden Centre

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Among the big chains, I like the most Caribbou Coffee. Of course it is not great, but I think better than Starbucks or Costa.
 

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I find Cafe Nero better than the rest, at least the Espresso
Yeah of the big chains, I prefer Cafe Nero as they give you a double shot as standard.

My favourites are:

RAW Coffee
Caffe Trieste (JLT recently opened)
Marco Polo Espresso (also JLT)
 

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I've heard of RAW but I thought they were a supplier of beans. Do they have a cafe where you can go in and get coffee to go?

JLT seems to have a bunch of new places opening up. Should explore the area more.

Yeah of the big chains, I prefer Cafe Nero as they give you a double shot as standard.

My favourites are:

RAW Coffee
Caffe Trieste (JLT recently opened)
Marco Polo Espresso (also JLT)
 

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I must admit that I find all places equally horrible and no1 can make a proper Brazilian style espresso. I am just waiting to get my espresso/ capuccino machine at home now really. Having said that and having sulked for so many years living abroad when it comes to coffee, I find these places to be somewhat acceptable:

1) Starbucks, Nero & Costa
2) The rest

Other than that I prefer grinding my own beans and experience the sensational flavour !!!
 

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Weirdly enough, I found Starbucks at Dubai Mall to be pretty good every time I've been there. I went there initially under duress but was pleasantly surprised! I've had Costa twice and both times (in 2 different locations), I got a molten cup of burnt coffee. Staff couldn't understand how it tasted burnt 'but we are not using flame sir'.... so this is why I return to Starbucks.. and will continue to do so til they give me a pot of tar.

anyway, I digress! I went to the Lime Tree Cafe the other day and my All Blacks bias aside, the place served up a mean cappuccino. I'm told their machiato was pretty good too.
 

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I'm a fan of Jamaica Blue in Ibn Battuta, and I must add that they do do a rather tasty cheesecake to go with it :)
 

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Gerard Café in Magrudy Shopping Mall, Jumeirah 1 has really nice coffee. And they make great croissants too!

But for me, nothing beats the coffee that I get out of my Nescafe coffee machine (capsules). Expensive, but worth the dime!
 

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Starbucks, Costa, Nero are dreadful. The coffee at Lime Tree is dire, unless they have changed it recently. My vote will go to anywhere serving Illy coffee. Unfortunately, I seem to have developed a bit of an allergic reaction to milk lately :( so I'm steering clear of coffee shops BUT I stumbled on a great outdoor area recently - City Walk (I think that's what it's called), round the corner from Emirates NBD. If you walk behind the parade of shops, there's a lovely area with goodness knows how many cafés and restaurants, a fountain and a kids' play area and now the weather's changing, a perfect place to sit outside without cars driving past. That's aside from the cafe at Safa Park, if you can manage to get a table there, it's always so busy.
 

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I've been doing research on this. From my hunting, RAW Coffee as mentioned above is hands down the best. They supply a lot of places around Dubai now (Lime Tree being one of them) however it still comes down to the barista as well - frankly, I've had good, average and bad coffees at Lime Tree.
RAW really try and make sure that the cafes they supply are trained well, too, so you should get a decent one out of them (otherwise, just head to RAW themselves - they have a bit of a hipster space in Al Quoz). They do a few specialist types of coffee as well, like japanese syphon etc. Just be careful of the cold brew unless you want to be up all night :)

There's also a new place opening in Al Quoz though that I've heard good things about, called Tom & Serg: Tom & Serg | Dubai Cafe, Restaurant Dubai,Cafe, Restaurant, Coffee, New Restaurant Dubai, Organic Food, Deli

They're due to open any time now, so keep an eye on the FB page. Head Barista has been imported from Melbourne. Last I heard they were going to open Sunday, but, well, Dubai time...
 

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Hi. I agree with your choice of the Dubai Garden Centre. The coffee is consistently good which is hard to find with the chains. Lime Tree Cafe is good. Costa has a corto classico which as the name suggests is short (about 6-8 ounces) and is full bodied with only a little milk. But the quality varies and sometimes is no better than instant coffee.
 

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BUT I stumbled on a great outdoor area recently - City Walk (I think that's what it's called), round the corner from Emirates NBD.
What's that you say? The place next to the Emirates NBD? Well, that clears it up - good thing there's only one of those in town. I mean, if there were two branches of that bank in Dubai we'd be unsure where you were talking about. We'd be like "what kind of an idiot is this?" Good thing that's not the case, isn't it?
 

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What's that you say? The place next to the Emirates NBD? Well, that clears it up - good thing there's only one of those in town. I mean, if there were two branches of that bank in Dubai we'd be unsure where you were talking about. We'd be like "what kind of an idiot is this?" Good thing that's not the case, isn't it?
Someone missed their coffee this morning :smash:
 

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Tried RAW coffee yesterday.

Very good coffee. Excellent flavour. Nicely roasted. Definitely Australian style. None of the bitterness of bad Italian style coffee. Will be going back.
 

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What's that you say? The place next to the Emirates NBD? Well, that clears it up - good thing there's only one of those in town. I mean, if there were two branches of that bank in Dubai we'd be unsure where you were talking about. We'd be like "what kind of an idiot is this?" Good thing that's not the case, isn't it?
Would it help if i told you i know where it is?!

I'm sure BedouGirl is keeping it vague on purpose to keep the riff-raff from the Marina out...!
 
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