All posts tagged: specialty coffee

The rise of coffee in Dubai and the Gulf

‘Coffee continues to provide everlasting fascination. As a subject of exploration, it has more plots, twists and turns than an ‘HBO box set’. As a coffee roaster and Q-grader who learnt the trade in Wellington and London, I (rather foolishly) suspected that I would be stepping into the  ‘café scene from the dark ages’ when deciding to move to the United Arab Emirates… I was wrong… Naively wrong. The Gulf countries have taught me alot about coffee and about the things you can do with coffee that I for one had never heard of: did you know in some parts of Syria they like to put a tiny drop of a sperm whale’s stomach mucus into their brewed coffee? Or that in Saudi they stir in sap from the Mastic tree? The Gulf’s fascination with coffee stretches well back into the bowels of history and it is thought that an Arabic philosopher wrote about coffee in 800 to 900 AD. Whilst some authorities claim that coffee originated from the Arabian Peninsula rather than Ethiopia, stating that …

The Bruer – Cold drip that’s worth the wait

Let me introduce you to the Bruer – a cold brew coffee maker. The Cold Bruer is a simple and transparent way to make slow drip cold brewed coffee in the comfort of your own home. Made from all high quality materials like Borosilicate Glass, Stainless Steel, and Food­grade Silicone, the Cold Bruer makes up to 20 ounces (591 ml) of naturally sweet cold brew in as little as 4­6 hours. Unlike the full immersion method, the Cold Bruer’s slow­drip process creates a clean, smooth cold brew that highlights the natural sweetness and differentiated flavour characteristics of the coffee beans without the possibility of over extraction. The elegantly simple product is easy to use, easy to clean, and adds transparency to the process of brewing. Using the slow drip cold brewing process, Cold Bruer produces a less acidic and less bitter cup, highlighting the smooth natural sweetness of the coffee.Once set-up, no additional attention is needed. Start brewing before bed or while at work. Cold brew coffee stays fresh for weeks. The adjustable valve allows …