Going through the Mocha Trail with Mokhtar Alkhanshali of Mocha Mill

January 12, 2015

Before I discovered that with the right beans, black coffee can taste really good, a mocha was my coffee drink of choice. I never gave much thought to the origins of the word “mocha” since for me, it meant espresso + chocolate + steamed milk. However, I discovered that “Mocha” is actually the name of […]

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Embracing the Chai

October 3, 2014

In the Pakistani culture, chai is a so integrated that you can predict when someone would want a cup. I’ve never really been a fan though and at desi dinner parties and weddings, I sulk inwardly as everyone revels in their cup of chai after dinner, wishing for my own cup of something that completes […]

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Conversing on Coffee with Usama Canon of Ta’leef Collective

September 18, 2014

I’ve been attending classes at Ta’leef Collective in Fremont for a while now. A couple of years ago, I was at one of their events when I found out that they were planning on building out a cafe in their facility. I ceased listening to anything further and was instead fixated on what I just […]

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Drinking My Way Through Sacramento. With Coffee.

September 12, 2014

Last year, I had the awesome opportunity to participate in a Caffeine Crawl in San Francisco in which I wandered to different cafes, drank coffee, and consumed some chocolate. This past weekend, the Caffeine Crawl took place in Sacramento, which is about 1.5-2 hours away from the Bay Area, where I live. I know what […]

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Wandering around Detroit and Drinking Coffee in the Motor City

September 2, 2014

I went to the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) conference over this past Labor Day weekend. The ISNA conference, the largest conference for Muslims in the U.S. of A happens every year and I’ve been a few times. Honestly though, I wasn’t initially planning to go but this year but when I found out […]

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Watching A Film About Coffee. Literally.

June 7, 2014

“You’re standing in line to watch a film about drinking coffee?” the lady asked. She had been walking up and down the line that had formed outside of the Castro Theater in San Francisco asking for money and by the time she got to my friend and me, she realized what we were all standing […]

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Embracing a Non-Dairy Alternative with Coffee

March 22, 2014

Living in the Bay Area is a blessing in the sense that there is a lack of intolerance. So many different types of people live here that you can’t really help but be open-minded. And yet, there is still a form of intolerance that exists. The problem is though, it sometimes can’t be helped. Like […]

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A Night of Oud and Coffee in Fremont

October 21, 2013

I had no idea what “oud” was until I started attending classes at Ta’leef Collective in Fremont. The teacher, one of the founders of Ta’leef, Usama Canon would burn what I thought was incense during the class. Actually, it was oud. As it turns out, he and his business partner Micah Anderson have a company […]

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A Tale Of Redemption – The Obligatory Turkish Coffee Post (With Appearances By Turkish Tea And Greek Coffee)

September 26, 2013

The first time I had Turkish Coffee, I was at a Mediterranean restaurant in the Bay Area. I had never had it before but was intrigued by the listing on the menu. The coffee was specially prepared and I was excited. It was just all right. I honestly didn’t really care for the cardamom in […]

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Moving Along the Caffeine Crawl in San Francisco

June 19, 2013

I’m a bit late in writing about this but I couldn’t just not talk about it… So last week, I participated in the Caffeine Crawl in San Francisco. I happened to have the day off as I was going to go out of town but those plans got canceled. I still kept the days off […]

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