Emirati entrepreneurs open first coffee shop in Dubai

Baristas' Corner opens in Business Bay, with expansion plans across the city in the pipeline
By Sam Bridge
Fri 20 Jul 2018 10:00 AM

The first Baristas’ Corner has opened at Canal Central Hotel in Business Bay, Dubai - the brainchild of Emirati entrepreneurs Abdulla Alabdulla and Mohamed Hassan Alshamsi.

The second outlet will soon open at the Royal Central The Palm followed by future properties under Central Hotels as well as other brands.

Alabdulla, partner and co-founder, said: “People want an experience when having a coffee and we found it hard to find one as we sipped our way around the city.

"Baristas’ Corner was born as the outcome of having to continuously chase a consistently exceptional cup of coffee that remained elusive. It has been developed as much for coffee connoisseurs as it is for coffee lovers.”

Alshamsi, managing partner and co-founder, added: “A coffee house is a social hub and has always been a mark of sophistication. This feeling and experience of being in a coffee house is so special and that is how Baristas’ Corner has been designed.

"Moreover, nowadays coffee shops have taken a new role as a working place for freelance workers and digital nomads, who may not have an office, that is pushing the demand further.”

The menu includes single origin beans and bespoke blends from different corners of the globe’s sustainable farms, estates, and roasters including countries like Brazil, Columbia, Ethiopia, and Guatemala.

Alshamsi added: “Using these our talented and trained baristas follow precise brewing methods to deliver the ideal, fragrant cup.”

Beyond coffee, Baristas’ Corner also serves select artisanal teas and pastries.

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Last Updated: Fri 20 Jul 2018 10:10 AM GST

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