Well, the answer for me is YES… and perhaps I should add, only in Dubai.
Just last week, I was meeting a friend at the Galleria Mall in al Barsha, Dubai (the neighbourhood behind the Mall of the Emirates – the one with the ski slope) and upon entering I saw a coffee shop, La Gente.
Always the sceptical coffee snob, I decided to pop my head in, where I saw a Synesso machine to my right, lots of roasted coffee in retail bags, coupled with their black and grey marble interior. On the left they have seating on high tables but they also have seats outside the coffee shop. I then walked further in and spotted this….
A Probat (think, Mercedes of coffee roasters and yes, it’s made in Germany). Impressed I promptly asked “do you actually roast coffee in this machine in this mall?” and they replied “yes sir”. So, I thought “I can’t really come in here, quiz them and not order coffee”. So as soon as my friend joined me, we went for it together with some cakes… blueberry, ummm!.
First up, they have a variety of coffee on order. For espresso, they had a Brazil, which my friend took and then I asked them for their house blend… Brazil, Ethiopia and Costa Rica… aha! now this might not seem exciting to you BUT for me it was, why ?
Lets rewind to 2008-2009 – this was the era of espresso blends – the time before single origin was even thought off for espresso.
so, fast forward to 2022 and the main reasons why I was excited by this blend is because this exact combination was indeed the flavour of the years back then, because you used
Brazil for body, crema and chocolate and nut
Costa Rica for acidity
Ethiopia for fruitiness
so, now guess what I ordered …
A cortado using their house blend of course, with some kind of seahorse on the latte art design.
Yes, it was flavourful as I got to sample a mirage of fruit, medium acidity and hints of almond and dark chocolate.
If I’m ever at that end of Dubai again, I’ll try their filter blend options, for which they were offering three options.. see below
Apparently they have three branches, Galleria Mall, where I went, Eden House and Motorworks.