If you’re passing through Hamala and craving a coffee, I recommend popping into Roots – a grab-and-go cafe run by husband and wife team Hussain and Dana. I enjoyed chatting to Hussain about the sourcing and roasting of their coffee – at the time of my visit they were using beans from Colombia and a local Bahraini roaster, though this changes depending on the market and time of year.
What makes this cafe stand out (aside from the great coffee) is that they believe in supporting other small businesses, especially those supporting healthy living. Some of the local talent and Bahraini businesses they have featured on their shelves include @cookinwithmarmo, @littlewhitekettle, @perfectlypressedbh and @arawbiangourmet. I opted for their home-made Coconut Tapioca Pudding (coconut, rice milk, coconut milk, tapioca pearls, maple syrup, vanilla and goji berries) and a perfectly smooth cappuccino.