Usually around Thursday, my phone beeps and Sh wants to know if we want to meet up for coffee over the weekend. That coffee plan could materialize into a game night, a dinner a one dish, a movie night or just a hang out but it must always start as a coffee plan- the most controllable of all meet ups. Short enough to be fun. Long enough if you want to let it be.
In Karachi, “meeting for coffee” has become synonymous with “let’s do something that involves sitting on deep couches, talking, listening and people watching”. It is hard to pinpoint when exactly this cafe-coffee revolution took place. Was it the pioneering Deja Vu with its amazing-for-then iced cinnamon roll and baskets of nachos which lured the groups of college goers to come and “just chill”? Or was it the hip and happening karaoke hothouse Cafe Blue that gave rise to the idea that people need to meet in surroundings more relaxed than actual restaurants? Then along came Cafe Mtv nee Kaldi with its in house concerts and private lounge upstairs, adding to the concept of renting a space to hang out- right before the tidal wave of coffee houses starting with the ever popular Espresso, followed by the Ciao’s, Lattetudes, Costas and Coffee Days.
It really depends on what you mean when you want to “meet for coffee”- whether it’s sinful desserts, actual coffee, smokeful (or smoke-free) environment, music that transports you, or maybe, simply the good company of close friends.