In ‘The Wizard of Oz’, Dorothy arrives in the Emerald city and marvels at its vastness, its audacity and its opulence – as long as she is wearing tinted glasses. I was reminded of this on my recent work trip to Dubai, a city which may not be Emerald, but if the gold plated iPad covers for sale in the shop near the office are anything to go by, may be even more over the top.


Your list of places least likely to need an organic, fair-trade coffee roaster might well have Dubai on it. But a pair of expat Kiwis has found an expanding clientele, including some of the local royals.