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DEC 2017-JAN 2018

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45 www.baristamagazine.com for me," he continues. "I had decided I wanted to bring specialty coffee to Maldives, and start a formal education. We like to think of ourselves here as a small family of coffee professionals. We want to be happy and enjoy life—that's really it. So hopefully con- tinuing to grow in a way that allows us to be creative and soulful would be the dream." Meraki Coffee Roaster is also an avid supporter of the local music scene, welcoming local musicians to its space on a regular basis. If you visit Malé for a few days, be sure to check out Mer- aki's music calendar. The music showcased here makes for a true locals-only experience. C I V I L C O F F E E S O C I E T Y Opened shortly after Meraki in 2015, Civil Coffee Society is situat- ed on Fareedhee Magu (Magu means street), a main thoroughfare in Malé city. It's a short walk from the primary tourist-shopping belt on Chandhanee Magu, and the space won't disappoint. Civil Coffee Society boasts clean, warm-tone interiors that provide immediate respite from the harried passersby outside, and the sophistication of the coffee on offer gives one the feeling of being transported to a café in London, Melbourne, or Seattle. Civil Coffee Society's founder Yaseen Hameed fi rst fell in love with coffee at Colonna & Smalls in Bath, England—which is owned The Maldives may be remote, but the café culture is on trend, with some of the most sought-a er espresso machines—such as this Synesso MVP Hydra—in the many high-quality shops.

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