The Espresso Lab Dubai: A homegrown speciality coffee gem in D3

The brainchild of Emirati entrepreneur Ibrahim Al Mallouhi, The Espresso Lab Dubai first opened its doors at The Hundred Wellness Centre in Jumeirah. It quickly became the place to be for epic coffee and cosy vibes. Soon, Espresso Lab’s fans grew to such a scale that it was time to have its own stand-alone space – and The Espresso Lab D3 was born on International Coffee Day (Oct 1), 2017.

Located in Building 7, The Espresso Lab D3 still has the same DNA of its earlier, smaller spot within The Hundred Wellness Centre, but with a grown-up vibe. Think minimal interiors, with stark, grey walls, modern light fixtures, and beautiful terrazzo tabletops and bar. Seating-wise, there are expansive wooden tables with high stools and low tables with comfy chairs – making this the perfect spot to grab a quick coffee with friends, have a business meeting, or settle in and get some work done.

The focus here is on speciality coffee, and as such, the food menu is limited: There are a few freshly baked items such as a delicious-looking Nutella croissant (12AED) alongside other sweet treats for a naughty snack or cheat-day breakfast on the go.

Fans of the old Espresso Lab will be happy to learn that the coffee is still as epic as ever. The Huntr tried and loved the 7-ounce cappuccino (24AED).

Insider tip: Why not pick up a bag of beans for home use from the small retail offering available here? There are some great little gifts for coffee-lovers too. The Espresso Lab D3 is closed on Mondays but open all other days from 7am until 9pm.

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