Typica Cafe Dubai: Bringing transparency to speciality coffee

The UAE’s speciality coffee scene continues to flourish with the arrival of another new gem – Typica Cafe Dubai. Join The Huntr as we present a closer look…

Located on Jumeirah Beach Road in Umm Suqeim 2, Typica Cafe Dubai is the brainchild of award-winning barista Michaela Ruazol (and some silent partners). The mission is to bring transparency to the region’s speciality coffee scene. As such, an AREMDE coffee machine proudly sits on the countertop and is currently the only one in the UAE. The striking ‘see-through’ machine was designed in Australia in order to facilitate better engagement between the coffee drinker and the coffee maker. There’s also transparency with the award-winning team’s formulas – the drink that Michaela won the prestigious UAE National Barista Championship with in 2018 is currently available to order if you ask for the signature drink called ‘Challenge’ (and trust us, you should). Usually, such drinks are only ever sampled by the barista and the judge. The Typica team also want you to be able to sample their competition coffee, which is almost unheard of amongst baristas (who usually keep their competition coffee under wraps like a precious secret).

The name Typica comes from the coffee variety of the same name. The rare variety originates from Ecuador and is synonymous with quality because it takes a lot of love and attention and care to successfully grow.

The cafe space is small but thanks to a clever minimal design aesthetic still feels light, bright and airy. The seating options include a couple of individual tables for 2-4, bar stools at the corner counter and a long couch with side tables facing the coffee-making action. The team are friendly, passionate and helpful; they welcome questions and clearly love what they do. There is no speciality coffee snobbery here.

Typica source their own green beans and roast them in-house for filter brews and retail bags. For the espresso-based coffees, the team use a small batch roaster. The usual hot and cold specialities are on the menu, including cold brew, flat white, v60 and co. Oatly milk is also available for a reasonable 3AED extra. There’s a delightfully refreshing hibiscus iced tea on the menu plus a variety of speciality teas that were handpicked by the team in Sri Lanka and are both organic and caffeine-free.

Food-wise there’s a small selection of bakes and sweets from homegrown dessert company Melange. Soon there could be a wider offering, including something savoury – watch this space.

The free wifi and mood-boosting natural light make this a great spot for studying or getting work done and the mornings tend to be quieter than the afternoons and evenings.

Insider tips: Free parking down the side of the building or paid RTA parking out front. Open from 7am Sunday-Wednesday and Thursday-Saturday from 8am.

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