Pakistani’s love their tea “chai”, we have chai shops at every corner, with people from all walks of life visiting them. However coffee is quickly catching up ‘Coffee is the common man’s gold and, like gold, it brings to every person the feeling of luxury and nobility’ this beautiful description of coffee by a great Muslim scholar Shaikh Abd-al-Kadir is as apt today as it was on the day coffee was discovered, now many believe that coffee is a product of the America’s or Europe, little do they know the Muslim origins of coffee,which was first discovered in the highlands of Yemen and Ethiopia. During the 15th century Muslim empire, coffee houses began to appear in major Muslim cities of Makkah, Cairo, Istanbul, Baghdad and Damascus, from where the beverage found its way into Europe.
Coffee culture in Pakistan is spreading like wild fire, the Pakistani people have opened their doors to coffee, now that this culture is growing tea might have some competition. Many have started to consider the dark and delicious coffee over tea and once again these are people from all walks of life, from CEO’s of banks and business tycoon to the young teenagers flocking to coffee shops to look cool. In the market there are many varieties of instant coffee available but some cafe’s like say Arbor brew their own blend, not only that the coffee beans they use are Italian roasters, grown in Ethiopia and South America, Arbor has also managed to capture the ambiance that comes with a coffee shop. Unlike other cafe’s or coffee shops in Karachi where the bustling of people distracts you from the coffee and the work you have chosen to do, there is a feel of calmness and serenity when you walk in to Arbor, it feels as though you can actually get your work done, not only that but coffee is affordable.
As a writer i think caffeine is to a writer what a beautiful woman is to a painter; it literally jump-starts one’s creativity.