For those of you who know us, would also know that me and my husband worship coffee (and tea!). Coffee for us is not just a beverage. It is like that comfort zone where you want to curl up after a crappy day or perhaps like a tight hug by a loved one when you need it most, a feeling of familiarity that brings a smile on your face when you are homesick in a foreign land. Thus while we were settling down in a new land with occasional pangs of homesickness, the first thing on our weekend itinerary was visiting the Coffee Museum in Dubai.
Tucked away cosily in a quite lane of Al Fahidi, the heritage district of Dubai, Villa 44 is sure a coffee lovers pilgrimage. The Coffee Museum is part cafe, part shop, and part cultural experience.
Spread over two floors, this curated private museum includes rooms dedicated to coffee origins, international antiques, a majlis, Middle Eastern antiques, a shop, library, cafe, and special history section.
Visitors can watch films about coffee, watch demonstrations about roasting and brewing, and learn about the drink’s history. (Yes we are all infinitely indebted to the berry eating Ethiopian goat)!
And while you do this, sip on the freshly brewed Ethiopian coffee and other aromatic brews.
Our favourite corner has to be the Emirati-style majlis, where local Bedouin coffee traditions are observed.
There is also a kids’ corner ( thumbs up for that), offices, restrooms and a bespoke brew-bar.
Visual, auditory, olfactory and gustatory it is a complete sensory experience that you are surely going to savour.
What, where and when
The museum is open Saturday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm, and entry is free.
Villa 44, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood.
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