As a self-professed caffeine fiend and local foodie, I find that there exists no sight more delicious than that of a fresh artisan café materializing on the streets of Jeddah. So it prides me to say that the coffee game in our seaside town has been booming lately. Take it from someone weaned on cappuccino foam and dense Arabic coffee, these new cafés are worth a visit (or two or three or four…)
The artisanal café offers a bevy of choices nestled in a glass-paneled slice of coffee heaven located by the sea. Light bites and decadent desserts are aplenty, much like the wide variety of espresso drinks and milks (like the delicious quinoa milk, much to the delight of both the health and lactose-conscious). Not to mention: all coffee beans used are deliciously fair trade.
While Medd specializes in espresso-based drinks, Brew 92 takes a more vested interest in a wide array of specialty brews of pour-over coffee, varying not only in beans but brewing methods as well. Expect novelty presentation, breakfast fare, and a fresh perspective on the wonders of pour-over coffee. Their cold brew is incredibly popular amongst their crowd.
Warm & Frosty
A cozy environment and a penchant for choices in deliciously roasted beans make the Warm & Frosty experience, popularized by its specialty cold brew. Try the affogato, a dense shot of espresso featuring a scoop of ice cream: an Italian summer staple that stays true to the café’s name.
Cup & Couch
Bridging upon the trend of ampersands & coffee, this tiny family-run café offers a variety of beans and roasts; but they truly take the cake when it comes to creativity. Their menu features a “see my face” option, which allows the barista to customize a drink based on their perception of you. An unprecedented crowd favorite, however, is the coconut latte smoothie!
BREWING SOON: Qatarat
Well, technically, this café isn’t open for business just yet. However, a quick scroll through their Instagram page reveals intense promise. Stay on the lookout for their opening on the @qataratcafe Instagram! I know I am.