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UAE is waking up to speciality coffee

The size of large Mexican Maragogype beans makes no difference to flavour, "but it makes it more exciting for a Dubai person who wants everything to be the biggest and best"

23-Feb-2015 - UAE consumers are finally becoming wise to the attractions of high-quality coffee, thanks to an influx of knowledgeable roasters and baristas, according to Coffee Planet’s roastmaster.

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Dubai-made Signature Snacks have plenty of expansion potential in Europe thanks to favorable labor costs and a central global location, says distributor United Products.

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