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Mr. Al Naboos and the secret recipe

A pinch of Almonds, a little dash of cinnamon, fresh cascara, and a spoon of ginger – the precious ingredients observed by a curious young boy. He memorized and perfected the recipe that he had spied on, before leaving his modest village of Amran – a small city in western central Yemen. Coffee has long…

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Love in a cup

While we were searching for a charming coffee love story for valentine’s day, we thought we would be seeking two people that had stumbled upon love at first sight, while starting their first barista course together. Or discover a story of two individuals that had separately ventured across continents to experience different cultures and languages,…

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The Fallen Bean

“Life is a game, where either you lose, or you learn”. My Father recently shared some stories of his childhood days on my grandma’s farm. I realized it had been a long while since I had sat listening to his stories. I saw his mind drift back to the high mountains of Yemen, recalling how…

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The Beginning of Coffee

If you ask anyone in the know about where coffee plants originated from, they are likely to say that these plants were native to the western regions of Ethiopia. Coffee was recorded as a beverage over 1,000 years ago, dating back to the 6th century, when it was used within the Ottoman Empire. But it…

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