In 2022, the world watched as Qatar hosted the World Cup. We got there a little late to see Messi, but a long layover on the way to World of Coffee Dubai gave us a chance to check out the booming coffee scene in Doha. Sadly, we didn’t have enough time to go to every spot on our list, which included Flat White, Frame, and Vulcan. But we did manage to squeeze in these three cafés which did not disappoint.
Our first stop in Doha was Harvest. Offering coffee from Berlin’s Bonanza, Harvest is a gorgeous café with a full kitchen. The interior is smartly designed, with high ceilings and small touches of 90s nostalgia (i.e. Home Alone on VHS). In the wintertime, however, it’s the seaside patio, which offers stunning views of the Persian Gulf, that fills up first.
This café was not on our list, but if you walk by a coffee shop in the GCC with bags of Denmark’s Coffee Collective in the window, you go in, yes you do.
The newly opened Pour Over aims to convince more local consumers to try filter coffee, which is brewed on Kinto Drippers. We couldn’t resist sampling multiple coffees, but it was a Kieni, Kenya that stood out.
Not to be confused with the unaffiliated Barcelona roaster, Nomad offers a rotating array of roasters near Souq Waqif– Doha’s old city. When we visited the coffee was from Port of Mokha. Grown in Yemen. Roasted in San Francisco. Brewed in Qatar. Perhaps not the most sustainable model, but a testament to the global reach of specialty coffee culture.