XO Coffee Boutique Dubai: Epic speciality coffee (and sweet treats) in Al Khawaneej

The first “open bar” speciality coffee shop concept in the UAE, XO Coffee Boutique Dubai is a must-visit for anyone who takes their caffeine seriously…

Open Sunday through Wednesday from 6am until 11pm, Thursday 6am until 1am and Friday and Saturday 9am until 1am, XO Coffee offers a wide range of speciality coffee drinks. The beans are sourced from Italy, Spain and Hong Kong. The Emirati owners were the first to bring the world roasting champion – Gardeli’s (Italy) – beans to the UAE plus the Cupping Room’s, which hails from Hong Kong. They also have Nomad’s beans from Barcelona.

The founder Mohammed Al Zaabi first opened XO’s doors in February 2018 in Al Khawaneej – an area that is divided into two distinct parts: Farms and a residential area. It’s one of the only neighbourhoods in Dubai that is almost exclusively inhabited by Emiratis. Growing up, XO was one of Mohammed’s favourite games – it brought the competitive side out of him, and so he decided to name his first speciality coffee shop after this nostalgic past time.

Alongside the plethora of coffee-based hot and cold drinks, there are also freshly-baked cookies, brownies, croissants and the signature XO Loaf Bread. If you’re in a rush you can toot your horn outside to get car service, and XO is also on the Drivu app.

Insider tip: Soya milk is available for cold drinks only. There are no non-dairy milks available for hot coffee at present.

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