Detroit Evening Report: Café brings Yemeni coffee and culture to Garden City

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This week on the Detroit Evening Report, we’re sharing stories we’ve covered in 2022 that show how special the people and places in our community truly are.

Today we hear the story of Fares Abdulmalek, who was able to bring his love of the coffee traditions from his native Yemen to Metro Detroit during the pandemic.

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In this story taken from the Communities of Hope series produced by WDET’s Nargis Rahman, Abdulmalek talks about leaving his job in healthcare to open the Finjan Café in Garden City.

“I was inspired to mix the two cultures and also help Yemeni farmers,” Abdulmalek said. “We’re importing coffee from Yemen, and we’re having other cultures try the Yemeni coffee.”

Read the original story here.

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  • Sascha Raiyn
    Sascha Raiyn is Education Reporter at 101.9 WDET. She is a native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.