Ryan Godinho, the UAE’s only certified trainer accredited by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) and the founder/ roastmaster of Stomping Grounds in Dubai’s Jumeirah, explains that his brand new venue is not just a café, but a hub for coffee education
What’s the concept of Stomping Grounds?
Aside from serving Dubai’s own Specialty Batch Coffee, Stomping Grounds is also home to Specialty Batch Micro Roastery and Coffee Lab, as well as the UAE’s only Specialty Coffee Training Centre, which is accredited by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA). It is a hub for coffee education, and serves as an accessible, comfortable and homely neighbourhood-style café.
Who is the head chef?
Zeliko Ilic is the Head Chef at Stomping Grounds. He leads a team of seven extremely talented kitchen staff who come from around the world. Our Chefs are steadfast in their commitment towards providing a simple yet innovative and tantalising dining experience with a lot of healthy options and superfoods.
Who designed stomping ground?
Stomping Grounds was entirely designed by Specialty Batch, which is a collective dedicated towards advancing the local coffee industry by promoting quality and education. Each item of furniture, such as the aesthetic metal fixtures and light fittings, were sourced piece by piece from around the globe over a three-year period. The venue aims to showcase authenticity and character in an eclectic way.
How will Stomping Grounds compete in Dubai’s coffee house market?
We don’t see ourselves in competition with anyone. We know what we excel in; we offer patrons a great experience, space to relax, unwind, have meetings and stir creativity. We are here to provide exceptional service and top quality in-house roasted single origin coffees along with fresh food.