Coffee, the beverage that comes from a mighty bean, stopped being a drink a long time ago. It was in 14th century Turkey that coffeehouses became the centre for social, intellectual and artistic get-togethers. A ‘coffee culture’ emerged.
This culture of having a few cuppas and conversing continues and it makes for great first dates, reunions and neutral get-togethers.
On October 1 every year, we celebrate the tonic that makes mornings bearable and croissants more delicious: International Coffee Day. This year, celebrate the age-old ritual with a friend by having coffee in UAE:
Buy a meal in the restaurant from 12pm to 5pm and enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee. Discounts will also be available on illy coffee beans from the Eataly market.
Where: The Dubai Mall, Dubai Festival City
When: 12pm to 5pm, October 1 2016
2. Dusit Thani
In partnership with Coffee Planet, they’ll be serving hot Arabica coffee from 8am until supplies lat on October 1.
Where: Mezzanine area, Dusit Thani Hotel, SZR
When: 8am, October 1 2016
3. Columbus Cafe
Enjoy a twist on a traditional cup of coffee with our seasonal special – Toffee Nut Latte and Frappe.
Where: Mall of the Emirates
When: Available until November 2 2016
How much: AED 18 small, AED 20 medium, AED 22 large
Fun Fact: In ancient Arab and Turkish culture, there was only one way a woman could legally divorce: If her husband didn’t provide her with enough coffee.
4. Paul Bakery
Enjoy freshly brewed Italian Lavazza coffee with 3 mini macaroons.
Where: Dubai Mall, Burjuman, Deira City Centre, Mirdif City Centre, Mall of the Emirates, The Walk, City Walk, Mercato Mall
How much: AED 25
You can always grab a cup from the mammoth franchise in the UAE that prides itself on serving roasted high-quality whole bean coffee consistently. What it’s come to be known for, however, is its variety in flavour. Take this Starbucks quiz to find your perfect cup of coffee.
Where: There’s a Starbucks on every corner – Find one near you here.
6. Icons Coffee Couture
The coffee chain launched in Dubai by German model Elena Weber has recently opened a branch in the Trade Centre area. What better way to celebrate International Coffee Day than to treat yourself to the world’s most expensive coffee – a cup of Kopi Luwak.
Where: World Trade Centre area [map here]
Where do you have your daily coffee in UAE? Tell us in the comments!