I first saw Raw Coffee Company as a suggested post in my FB account. Ever since, I’ve been curious about it and really wanted to visit and try their coffee offerings. Sadly, because the only info. I got was, it is located in Al Quoz, my not-Al Quoz-friendly GPS mind blocks immediately everytime I am thinking of going to this place.
Good thing, on a sunny Thursday morning, I was assigned to go to our furniture manufacturer and I was excited to see that Raw is directly in front of their warehouse. PERFECT
Without any hesitation, after finishing my tasks, I went inside and found myself in coffee heaven. If there is a headquarters for hipsters or hipster wannabe, THIS IS IT!
Piles and piles of coffee bean sacks were on display and I am guessing for sale also. The way the warehouse were transformed to create this environment looks so awesome. As an architect/designer, people may seemed to think that creating such environment was easy—they are wrong—-but I must say, for sure they had fun.
According to their website (cause I didn’t have time to interview them),
”..we (Raw) started off as boot legers, bringing our beans back into Dubai in our suitcases from favourite roasteries around the world. We love coffee, and we were seriously tired of the sad old offerings available here ~ Raw was born, established in July 2007 to fill the gap in the market for freshly roasted specialty coffee.”
So start it off, I tried their lunch offerings. They offer a good selections of salads and quiches. As I am on ‘healthy’ eating spree, I ordered a chicken avocado salad.
It’s a mix of pumpkin seeds, fresh avocado, smoked chicken, cherry tomato, mixed lettuce, parmesan cheese, cold pressed extra virgin olive oil ceasar dressing.
To be honest, it was a bit expensive (AED 40) but delicious nonetheless. I love the mix and the tangy salad dressing.
To add with the healthy touch, every salad is served with a mini gluten free chia bread roll and a mini gluten free multigrain bread roll.
Now for my coffee, (disclaimer: I really didnt get that much information on what I ordered) I asked the barista on their bestsellers. I said I want dark coffee, strong but smooth. She then told me bout a filtered coffee through a procedure called ‘chemex’.
I think that is why i didnt get that much information because hearing the term ‘chemex’ I blanked out immediately.
According to my research (aka googling):
Chemex Coffeemaker is a manual, pour-over style glass container coffeemaker. The coffee is brewed by first placing the paper filter and the ground coffee in the neck of the flask while heating the water to a boil in a separate vessel. Then moistening the ground coffee by pouring some hot water a top of the dry coffee……and finally, by pouring the desired quantity of water (number of cups) over the ground coffee, and awaiting it to percolate down, through the coffee and the paper filter, into the flask.
The result of this is a strong and smooth coffee blend. I love strong coffee and this one was really strong. For those looking for a lighter blend or a more creamy one, you can ask your barista about it and for sure they will be very much eager to serve you your special artisan coffee.
I was very happy with my first Raw experience, Although finding it is a bit challenging at first but the trip will surely be worth it….better if you will buy a coffee bean to take away.
Cheers to all coffee lovers out there! We indeed found our new favorite place.
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