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DEC 2017-JAN 2018

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by former U.K. Barista Champion Maxwell Colonna–Dashwood and his wife, Lesley—while studying in the United Kingdom. Hence, it's no surprise that Yaathi, as his friends call him, also carries Max- well's famous specialty-coffee capsules among a good range of coffee accessories. From time to time, Civil Coffee Society would also offer guest cof- fees from around the world as pourovers. Papa Palheta, Intelligen- tsia, Stumptown, Drip Gallery, and Colonna's have all been featured on Yaathi's bar. Along with being a professional barista, Yaathi is also an amazing pastry chef. He passionately bakes an assortment of breads and pastries and sells them at the café, making Civil Coffee Society even more perfect for afternoon coffee with friends. SO WHAT'S NEXT for specialty coffee in Maldives? In the next few years, we anticipate more specialty-coffee shops will open, as the popularity of both the product and culture is growing exponentially among locals and visitors alike. Many may succeed and some might fail, given the comparatively small population. We as a coffee-con- suming country are very much just beginning to come of age in coffee. This article, in fact, couldn't come at a better time for us to take stock of our journey thus far as a specialty-coffee community in this small island nation. There has been recent discussion within our ranks about interest in and enthusiasm for holding World Coffee Events (WCE)-sanc- tioned competitions and educational sessions here to further put Maldives on the world map of specialty coffee. A note to leave on: Much discussion in the worldwide specialty-cof- fee community has centered on the male-dominated nature of our global industry. We in Maldives, then, couldn't be more proud that the fi rst coffee champion we have ever crowned—our 2017 Aero- Press champ—is a young woman from the local island of Maamigili, Rahu Mahmood. With the SCA's Certifi cate III in Barista Skills being launched by the Maldives National University, we hope to see more young talents of any gender rise up and help shape the specialty-coffee community of Maldives, ushering us into our next chapter. Nothing like relaxing with a beautifully cra ed specialty-coff ee drink a er dealing with the stress that comes with competition for scooter parking, like you'll fi nd in front of Civil Coff ee Society on Fareedhee Magu, a main street in Malé city. 47 www.baristamagazine.com

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