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Posted Thu Mar 22, 2007, 12:00am
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Exploring Coffee in Dubai: A Traveler's Diary from Cup to Cup
The Cafe Stage article by Tim Wendelboe

Tim Wendelboe, the 2004 World Barista Champion, reports from Dubai City in the United Arab Emirates on his search for coffee culture and a decent espresso.
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Posted Thu Mar 22, 2007, 9:37pm
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So when are we all going to get to see the CG tamper?!

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Posted Thu Mar 22, 2007, 11:11pm
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It's coming. I got a lot of good (and constructive criticism) feedback from 10 espresso guys and gals from around the planet on the last prototype, but I'm struggling with some final cosmetic changes. I have to get a local CAD guy to do up one more prototype to send over to be cut, before it goes final.

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PS - Tim's gotta be the biggest fan of the tamper so far, which just rocks.

 
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Posted Sat Mar 24, 2007, 2:34am
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Quite interesting to see how the noveau riche emirates have pretty much decided to skip the second wave altogether.

There's a CG tamper in the works? Awesome :D
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Posted Sat Mar 24, 2007, 1:19pm
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Loved it! You seemed to enjoy your scented tobacco pipe, lol.  I would love to see more reports on the coffee in different parts of the world.

I heard about the booming construction in Dubai and the huge mall so it was nice to read about coffee traditions there. Thanks Tim!
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Posted Sun Mar 25, 2007, 3:48am
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Great Story and interesting location to try to understand...

Traditional waterpipes and Turkish coffee...and then very little care taken with the Espresso...

When you were pouring shots they came for straight espresso..(they meaning locals and i guess many business visitors)...But in the Mall..what were they drinking..straight "espresso" or US of A milk drinks?

In Israel where Turkish coffee (and a wierd variation call Kafe Botz-mud coffee) is quite prevelant..good espresso is not hard to come by (and Starbucks didn't last)..Interesting that Dubai seems to be going in another direction.
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Posted Sun Mar 25, 2007, 6:53am
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Thank you everyone for kind words.
To answer your question, it was a bit hard to find out on the places I visited. sincs the espresso came in big 6 oz cups, the same cups as cappuccino. But by judging from the time they were sitting down I guessed that the espresso consumption was higher than in Norway and USA, but not as high as in the exhibition. A good estimate would be maby 70 % milk based drinks and 30 % coffee based drinks.

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Posted Mon Mar 26, 2007, 11:57pm
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Hi Tim,

It is very interresting to read what a professional barista like you has to say about the coffee culture in dubai.
I live in Dubai, and Work in the coffee business for the past 3 years.
even for me it is very difficult to sell coffee to shops that simply serve horrible coffee because 1 they have a lousy barista, 2 they have OLD machine 3 they dont know about grinders, 4 they have bad coffee.
most people don't understand the art of making coffee. you should hold a coffee convention here, and sell personal training, you could become a millionaire with more then 2000 coffee shops serving just black liquid!

thanks
Daphne
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Posted Tue Mar 27, 2007, 1:34am
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Hello Daphne.
If you arrange for the training, I will certainly be glad to do so.
I think the guys at La Marquise were a little bit interested in some training, but you never know if they will actually ask for it.

Enjoy Dubai.
Tim
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Posted Wed Mar 28, 2007, 11:15am
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Any of you tried sand boiled Turkish coffee?

During the Ottoman empire the traveling armies would carry these large metal crates that they filled with sand and put over a fire. The ibrik then was buried into the sand for a uniform heating.

I tried this at a Black Sea resort, not bad at all.

Sadly most people refuse to want to improve on coffee, oh yeah its just coffee, and keep lauding the overroasted watery brews served at Harbucks and other places.

Good for you, i know you made an impression by trying to present espresso for what it really is.
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