Back in 2007, Raw Coffee Company Dubai’s founders started as ‘bootleggers’ – bringing beans into Dubai in suitcases from their favourite roasteries around the world. Fast-forward over a decade and now Raw is an iconic name in the UAE, supplying many of the region’s best cafes and restaurants with its organic, ethically-sourced beans. Most recently, the speciality coffee connoisseurs debuted a brand new space in Al Quoz complete with an in-house roastery and cafe. Join your friends as we take a closer look…
The recently relocated Raw Coffee Company is still in Al Quoz, but in a much larger warehouse space, which has been covered with a vibrant urban jungle inspired mural courtesy local artist Karien Mulder. Once you step inside Raw you feel as though you’ve been transported into a buzzing coffee ecosystem. Spread over two floors there are ample seating options for small and large groups, and various rooms and corners to explore and get your speciality coffee geek on.
Founders Kim and Matt know that to make a difference to the coffee scene, training and community building is just as important as their core wholesale business and their brand new upgrade in Al Quoz 1 gives them a space to train baristas, let customers in on the roasting process and conduct workshops. There’s also a separate space dedicated to the water filtration systems, which ensure the very best flavours are brought out from the coffee.
As one might expect, Raw boasts an impressive coffee menu using 100% organic, ethically-sourced coffee beans from Ethiopia, Colombia and Mexico. But don’t let the options overwhelm you – the staff are eager to give you a quick lowdown and help you pick the perfect drink. The food menu is care of homegrown cafe concept Bystro, who man the kitchen here. Breakfast, small bites, sandwiches and bowls are all on offer and there’s something for (almost) everyone. Plus, if you’re vegan, the kitchen team are happy to create something special for you.
The Huntr visited Raw for a weekend brunch. We quenched our thirsts with some locally handcrafted Kombucha by Booch (25AED) before settling in for lunch. For appetizers, we picked the crispy house-made falafels with cucumber, mint and cumin yoghurt (36AED), which were light, simple and straight up delicious. For the main course, we ordered the Korean oven fried chicken tacos (55AED) and the Ranchero breakfast bowl (40AED) – a vegetarian Mexican bowl with beans, avocado, salsa and charred corn. The tacos were particularly good. For the side, we opted for the sweet potato fries with smoked paprika aioli (20AED).
Coffee-wise, we sampled the Ethiopian Origin Classic v60 (21AED) and a Spanish Latte (26AED), which were both faultless.
Insider tips: There is ample parking right outside and its just a few minutes walk from the Noor Bank metro station. Open from 7.30am on weekdays and 8am on weekends. Closes daily at 8pm.
Photography and review by Shama Nair exclusively for The Huntr