New Dubai coffee hub aims to see $100m annual trade

DMCC, the free zone on commodities trade and enterprise, inaugurated the DMCC Coffee Centre on Monday
New Dubai coffee hub aims to see $100m annual trade
Projected to handle up to 20,000 tonnes of green coffee bean annually, the centre is set to attract new trade flows to Dubai and boost the national economy.
By Sam Bridge
Mon 18 Feb 2019 03:27 PM

DMCC, the world’s flagship free zone on commodities trade and enterprise, inaugurated the DMCC Coffee Centre on Monday during Gulfood 2019.

The 7,500 square metre temperature-controlled facility is the first of its kind in the Middle East.

From crop to cup, the centre offers logistical support and services that connect producers to buyers. Core services include warehousing, logistics, green coffee cleaning, contract roasting and packing, as well as more specialised offerings for re-bagging of green coffee, sample evaluation and training.

The centre houses a coffee quality laboratory, cupping labs and a Specialty Coffee Association training campus, in addition to a range of commercial office space.

Projected to handle up to 20,000 tonnes of green coffee bean annually – with an estimated annual trade value of around AED367 million ($100 million) – the centre is set to attract new trade flows to Dubai and boost the national economy.

A number of senior officials joined a tour of the facility located adjacent to the DMCC Tea Centre in the Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza).

Dubai’s strategic geographic location offers connectivity between the fast growing and high value consumer markets in the Middle East and Europe, to some of the world’s major coffee producing nations such as Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Uganda and Vietnam.

Operational since November, the centre is set to become the preferred hub for specialty coffee buyers, traders, roasters and producers.

Coffee is the one of the world’s most widely consumed hot beverages. The global coffee industry is worth an estimated AED367.3 billion, with the industry in the Middle East expected to climb to AED16.2 billion by 2021, according to Euromonitor.

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