Coffee trees are native to East Africa and were probably first valued for their sweet cherry-like fruits and for their leaves, which could be made into a kind of tea. Even today an infusion of the dried fruit pulp is enjoyed in Yemen, where the seeds or ‘beans’ were first roasted, ground, and infused in the 14th century. Our word coffee comes from the Arabic qahwah, whose own origin is unclear. The coffee tree was taken to south India around 1600, from India to Java around 1700, and from Java (via Amsterdam and Paris) to the French Caribbean shortly after that. Today Brazil, Vietnam, and Colombia are the largest exporters of coffee; African countries contribute about a fifth of world production. With this information and statistics, it is clear that coffee has travelled the World and has reinforced its place in the heart of People. Since it is originated in the Arab World, coffee is an inevitable part of Arab life and has articulated it with places (coffee shops) where every individual’s creativity finds an identity.
In Abu Dhabi, the concept of Coffee Shop is different than other Arab regions; Abu Dhabi residents strive to be unique and different than the rest of the Arab World. From museum themed cafes to an exclusive coffee shop and from the library to indoor games as ancillary provisions, each coffee shop has secured its place in Abu Dhabi. Coffee Architecture is a hub for Coffee lovers; customers visit this place, drink coffee, talk about it, and leave the shop to revisit it soon. Coffee Architecture is the spotlight for the local Artist too; artists can show their art to the visitors by getting their art showcased in the coffee shop, in fact, it creates a theme of the Coffee Architecture.
Situated at the gated community on Al Reem Island, Coffee Architecture is not just Coffee Shop but a place to relax and witness the difference between other cafes and itself. Artistic paintings, wall art, mini library, and spacious coffee brewing station are Coffee Architecture’s specialities with flair. The right dimensions and properly arranged furniture gives you a positive and refreshing vibe of the place. Nooran, the owner of the Coffee Architecture, with expertise in coffee brewing and connoisseur of coffee tasting, got the concept of Coffee Architecture in 2016. At the age of 7, due to her grandma’s fondness for coffee, Nooran started developing an interest in coffee and today, with certified Barista and coffee expert tag, she is running the Coffee Architecture successfully.
Nooran is Architecture by profession and coffee admirer by passion. The logo of Coffee Architecture reflects her job and passion. The fundamentals of each structure start with a plan, a plan developed on specific Grid, Coffee Architecture’s logo includes that Grid and shows the coffee bean at the centre of it. The fundamentals of the coffee business and ethics can be assimilated at Coffee Architecture, and this is what the Logo addresses.
“I think that to be successful, women have to figure out what they’re passionate about first. No matter what you aspire to, you’ve got to love what you do to be successful at it.” – Michelle Obama. It is a fact that to be successful and famous, one must identify her True calling and work for it. The ultimate reflection of passion should be through your work and not merely words, Nooran is expressing her passion through Coffee Architecture perfectly.
The original version of brewed roasted coffee beans is the Arab World, which still thrives in the Middle East, Turkey, and Greece. The finely powdered seeds are combined with water and sugar in an open pot, the mixture boiled until the pot foams, then settled and boiled to foam once or twice more, and finally decanted into small cups. This is the coffee that found its way to Europe around 1600; it’s concentrated, includes some sediment, and has to be drunk right away or the residue will increase the already considerable bitterness. Today, with technology advancement and competitiveness, more brewing techniques have developed and gained popularity. The Chemex Coffeemaker is a manual pour-over style glass coffeemaker which is still prevalent in many parts of the World. Coffee Architecure’s Chemex, which is prioritised drink amongst percolated coffee (other beverages are – V60 and Aeropress) extracts the essence of the speciality coffee beans. One who wants to taste the different flavour profiles of the coffee bean must try Chemex. Affogato, which is an amalgamation of Gelato and Espresso is sharp, high on caffeine, and rejuvenating. Give it a try in Coffee Architecture when they open their shop at 7 AM; kickstarting the day with Affogato is an excellent idea.
Coffee has one of the most complex flavours of all our foods. At its base is a mouth-filling balance of acidity, bitterness, and astringency. To get the proper character of Coffee bean, temperature plays a vital role; the ideal drinking temperature is around 140ºF/ 60ºC, where a sip won’t scald the mouth, and the coffee’s full aroma comes out. Cortado, Cappuccino, and Latte are best enjoyed at their serving temperature: 60ºC with delectable London Cheesecake at the Coffee Architecture.
Nooran encourages her Baristas to create the unique drink every two months, and Coffee Architecture’s Signature drinks are results of Barista’s experiment with ground coffee. The one in the frame below is Cold Brew, the signature coffee by Coffee Architecture resulted by full immersion of coffee and water brewed for 24 hrs.
Apart from coffee, this coffee house sells tea as well. All blends: Hibiscus, Ginger and Lemongrass, Green tea, and Early grey are fetched from Sri Lanka and provides the customers with an organic taste of tea.
The platform for Artists of the town, coffee lovers’ hub, and place to create the memories are conclusive remarks for this beautiful and eclectic place in Abu Dhabi – Coffee Architecture. So when are you planning your visit to this place?
Average Cost: AED 80 for two people (approx.)
Location: Mangrove Palace, Near Shams BOUTIK, Al Reem Island, Abu Dhabi
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