One of the great things about being in a coffee enthusiastic city like Dubai is that there’s always something happening from opening new coffee shops with fantastic architectural design coupled with meeting new people in the coffee business that want to share their passion with you.
One such person was Vishnu of Al Saqr trading some I met over instagram in 2020 and in person when I moved to Dubai – credit to him for spotting me in a cafe way back in October 2020.
Fast forward to 2022 and Visnhu has managed to pursue one of his dreams within his company to set up a credible coffee importing specialty division called Harvest Belt. Their focus is to source traceable good quality lots of coffee to entice coffee conscious customers. In short they would love to work with cafes and restaurants who want to offer unusual and high quality coffees to their customers. This could be in parallel with them whereby you channel your desires in terms of getting a great bag of coffee from an unusual place that will make your customers go “wow!” can I have more of that.
So earlier this month Vishnu invited a few coffee experts from the Dubai coffee scene together with myself to visit their space, cup coffee and of course chat coffee.
Located in Dubai Investment Park, Harvest Belt is housed within one of many warehouses there, almost like a hole in the wall. With clean white spaces, it would also play the role of a no frills coffee shop decorated with coffee artefacts.
The room is welcoming with their colours representing the continents that grow coffee. The harvest belt name itself is derived from the belt across the world of the coffee growing regions… clever eh!
So off to the coffees, where we cupped a wide range of newly harvested coffee from 2022 lots ranging from Ethiopia to Brazil , Guatemala and other Central American lots.
We cupped coffees roasted for both filter and espresso using their sample roaster BUT it’s important to highlight that Harvest Belt aren’t coffee roasters.. rather they source and sell coffee green beans.
An apt end to the year, enjoying coffee with friends in a coffee space.