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Meet Mokhtar Al-Khanshali: The Monk of Mokha

Tony Dreyfuss
This Wednesday, February 7, 2018, from 3pm-5pm, Mokhtar Al-Khanshali, subject of the recently released Dave Eggers book, The Monk of Mokha, will come to Metropolis Café to talk about his life, his adventures in Yemen, and the importance of coffee to his life and culture. This event is free and open to the public. We will have 30 bags of Mokhtar’s coffee on-hand, as well as signed copies of the book for sale. All proceeds will go to The Mokha Foundation.

Great Coffee for Everyone!

Max D.
Coffeehouses are seen differently by everyone. You might feel inclined to define a coffeehouse by what it serves. A latte, an espresso, a frappe, a smoothie, a cup of tea, or a cup of coffee all go a long way to define the values of its shop, be it speciality, commodity, or otherwise. You might go so far as to define a coffeehouse by its aesthetic. A fireside armchair on the second story of a tranquil coffeehouse means something completely different than a stool and counter under the bright florescent lights of a modern coffee boutique.

Variables Involved in Roasting

Chris P.
The roasting process can be very fluid and different approaches may need to be considered on a day to day basis in order to achieve a specific roasting profile. There are many variables to consider before you even drop green “unroasted” coffee into a roaster. The first of course is the coffee itself. Where does this coffee come from? What elevation was it grown at? How was this coffee processed (washed, semi-washed, natural)? What is the bean density and moisture content? What is the coffee varietal? What is the age of the coffee?

Coffee beans vs espresso beans?

Rene H.
What's the difference between coffee beans and espresso beans? I get asked this all the time and the answer you’ve all been waiting for, drumroll please…..