The gulf coffee takeover
From international brands to homegrown names, and now supported by apps and inﬂuencers, the regional coffee scene is booming. Cup in hand, Nagi Morkos, founder and managing partner at Hodema Consulting Services, tells us about the latest trends currently captivating coffee lovers across the MENA and beyond.
Sipping wine with Raimond Tomson director of Barents Wine Collectors
Named A.S.I. Best Sommelier of the World in 2023, Raimond Tomson wine director of Barents Wine Collectors, is a force to be reckoned with in the wine world. In this exclusive interview, he reveals what it takes to be the best in the game and his upcoming plans.
A drink with W Abu Dhabi‘s mixologist Kevin Lee
In an exclusive interview, Kevin Lee, W Abu Dhabi’s mixologist and bartender, tells us about his career and Abu Dhabi’s burgeoning bar scene.
Wine auction trends of 2022
The fine wine auction market has performed exceptionally well in 2022. Tim Triptree, master of wine and international director of Christie’s wine and spirits department, shares his insights on the wine trends shaping the market and what’s in demand.
The hotel industry’s F&B scene
Food and beverage represents a large sector of services within the hospitality industry, whether in hotel cafes and restaurants or off-premises takeaway, catering and food delivery services. Christian Salloum, founder and managing director of BrandPortunity Hospitality Consultancy, addresses the numerous benefits of having attractive F&B venues within hotels and what to consider when launching on-site concepts.
Spirits on the rise
The popularity of non-alcoholic and low-alcohol drinks continues to grow, as consumers demand a greater number of options. Daniel During, principal and managing director of Thomas Klein International, explores the latest developments in the market and forecasts future trends.
All about arak
Arak is well on its way to becoming the spirit of choice behind countless bars in Lebanon and even farther afield. Salim Heleiwa, general manager of The Malt Gallery, gives us the lowdown on why the milk of lions is gaining popularity and what needs to be done to help nurture this growing market.
Lifting the lid on food and beverage trends
While restaurants were still reeling from the pandemic in 2021, this year has witnessed fresh flavors and renewed energy on the food scene. Nagi Morkos, founder and managing partner at Hodema consulting services, explores several key trends that are shaping the future of food and beverage.
Behind the bar scene
We asked a group of bartenders, bar managers and beverage experts to share their insights on the latest bar trends, which spirits are in demand, which new accessories are making waves and the key ingredients a bartender needs to succeed in the industry.
Many would list low dosage, lesser-known grape varieties, organic culture and sustainability when referencing champagne trends. While these matter, however, they are individual, niche points of interests. Champagne consultant Carl Edmund Sherman walks us through the vineyards and uncovers the secrets of what’s fizzing in the champagne bubble.