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Lets Coffee: Empowering entrepreneurs to realise coffee business dreams



So, you’ve decided to open your very own café. Opening a successful coffee shop can be a rewarding experience. Because of you, hundreds of friends will have great conversations and enjoy quality time together.

All you have to do is get your coffee shop up and running, and do it right… but that’s easier said than done!

You need a quality coffee brand, as well as the right machinery and skills to make your coffee venture a success. Lets Coffee Maldives’ end-to-end solution — supply of premium coffee and machines, as well as barista training — is the answer to your worries.

Lets Coffee Maldives is offering the perfect opportunity for young Maldivian entrepreneurs with a passion for great coffee to get a head-start in realising their business dreams or get trained as a professional barista.

“Quality, passion and craft outline our core values in our endeavour to distribute specialised coffee and tea in Maldives,” says Mohamed Riyaz, the company’s founder who is among the most accomplished travel trade professionals in the country.

“Our mission is centred on producing an experience unique to each customer who steps in, with the promise that regardless of any differences, we share a bond created by our love of coffee and community.”

Catunambú coffee – premium quality

Lets Coffee, with its main outlet located in the Maafannu ward of capital Male, distributes Catunambú coffee — a quality Andalusian product that boasts over 120 years of development and success in the industry.

As one of the oldest and best known coffee brands in Spain, the Catunambú brand emphasises a unique combination of the body, acidity, fragrance and flavour of coffee to create an unparalleled taste.

With a wide bank of knowledge about every step of the coffee-production service, from the understanding that greater acidity is achieved by selecting beans from trees grown in higher altitudes, to mastering the combination between the right aroma and flavour, Catunambú coffee is synonymous with quality and great taste.

The Catunambú line of products available through Lets Coffee feature a high range of specific taste profiles, from acidic and rough drinks to penetrating and soft combinations of textures and aromas.

Easy access to professional machines

A major component behind great tasting coffee is the quality machinery. Catunambú coffee is ground to perfection and prepared using La Rocca and Nivona products that guarantee the signature Catunambú taste and condition over a large range of drink types and sizes.

The machines offered by Lets Coffee combine a professional look with incredible ease of use that enable anyone, from experienced baristas to beginner coffee lovers, to create delicious coffee with minimal instruction.

These models are highly advanced and include automatic boiling features and self-cleaning procedures that minimise the need for constant maintenance, thereby allowing users to focus solely on creating a quality drink.

Lets Coffee will help interested entrepreneurs get a professional machine through easy financing schemes.

Become an international barista

Lets Coffee welcomes local artists with a passion for creating beautiful designs on top of a delicious cup of coffee. Its training programme provides an opportunity for individual expression, and focuses on fine-tuning skills through practice and dedication.

The barista training programme offered by Lets Coffee does not require prior experience or skill; simply a love for making coffee and a willingness to learn. The training modules are designed in a way that breaks down complicated procedures into easily understandable steps regardless of previous skill level.

Under the tutelage of Lets Coffee’s experienced baristas, any determined learner can acquire international qualifications and start a rewarding journey as a barista.

“With a complementary mix of passionate and qualified members, our team is dedicated to creating and providing premium coffee within a warm environment,” adds Riyaz, who is also the founder of popular local travel agency Lets Go Maldives.

“We aim to create a community of local artists who carry a love for the art of coffee making, dedicated to create concoctions that satisfy the taste buds of coffee connoisseurs and novices alike.”

For more information and queries, please visit, email, or call +960 7905672.


Maldives celebrates arrival of 2024’s 1 millionth tourist



Maldives on Thursday welcomed the one millionth tourist to visit this year.

The one millionth tourist is a Thai named Sutapa Amonwivat, who arrived from Singapore with her husband and two children. This is her second visit to Maldives.

Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) and the Ministry of Tourism gave a warm welcome to Sutapa at the Velana International Airport (VIA) Thursday afternoon. She was welcomed at the VIA by tourism minister Ibrahim Faisal, MMPRC Managing Director Ibrahim Shiury and senior officials of various relevant agencies.

After welcoming her with traditional offerings, she was presented with various gifts by the ministry, MMPRC, customs, immigration, Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO) and Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA).

Maldives reached one million tourists in June, three weeks earlier than last year. The number of tourists reached one million on July 16, 2023.

Maldives expects to reach 2 million tourists this year.

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New air route connects Chongqing to Maldives



Chongqing Airlines on Monday began its inaugural flights to Maldives.

The Chongqing-Male route, scheduled three times a week, is expected to strengthen the bonds between China and the Maldives, opening up exciting new opportunities for tourism and cultural exchange.

The inaugural flight was welcomed upon its arrival at Velana International Airport (VIA) in Maldives, where local officials and tourism representatives expressed their enthusiasm for this new development.

“We warmly welcome our friends from China to our beautiful islands. This new connection strengthens our bonds and opens up new opportunities for tourism,” the tourism ministry said on X.

Maldives currently welcomes four airlines from China, including China Eastern, Beijing Capital Airlines, Xiamen Airlines.

In January, Maldives government urged tourism stakeholders in both Maldives and China to ramp up efforts to restore China’s position as the primary source market for Maldives tourism, a status held before the onset of Covid-19.

China, being the largest source market for Maldives tourism before the pandemic, saw a resumption of tourist arrivals from January 2023 after a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic. In 2023, the Maldives welcomed 187,118 Chinese tourists, marking a significant recovery in numbers. This year, the Maldives has welcomed the most number of tourists from China, with over 107,940 or 11.5 percent of total arrivals by June 12. 

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CROSSROADS Maldives Introduces Weixin Pay at resorts for seamless guest experience



CROSSROADS Maldives has introduced WeChat Pay, widely known as Weixin Pay in China, across its world-class resorts, SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton, and Hard Rock Hotel Maldives. This payment option is made available to enhance the convenience and overall experience for guests from China, making their stay in the Maldives more enjoyable and hassle-free.

Understanding the needs of the diverse guests, CROSSROADS Maldives has integrated WeChat Pay into operations, allowing guests from China to easily and securely conduct transactions using a payment method familiar to them. The introduction of WeChat Pay is a testament to CROSSROADS Maldives’ dedication to enhancing guest satisfaction by offering exceptional experiences at every turn. What is also expected through this initiative is that the guests could benefit from better foreign exchange rates, translating to better savings on their expenditures during their stay.

The option is available for guests in-house conveniently at both resorts as well as across the Marina at CROSSROADS Maldives where a wider variety of unparalleled dining and retail experiences are available for all guests. The day visitors from China will also therefore equally benefit from this new introduction at the Maldives’ premier multi-island integrated leisure destination.

SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton, is a vibrant tropical escape that offers unique and locally inspired experiences. The resort features spacious rooms and villas, a variety of dining options, and an array of recreational activities designed to cater to the desires of modern travellers. Guests can escape to the island’s SAiisational natural beauty, enjoy water sports, and indulge in spa treatments, all while relishing the personalised service that defines Hilton’s Curio Collection.

Hard Rock Hotel Maldives brings the iconic Hard Rock spirit to the tranquil shores of the Maldives. This family-friendly resort offers a perfect blend of relaxation and entertainment, featuring music-inspired experiences, live performances, and the brand’s signature amenities. With luxurious accommodations, diverse dining options, and a plethora of activities for all ages, Hard Rock Hotel Maldives ensures an unforgettable holiday experience for every guest.

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