The barista gets a kick out of brushing up his Arabic with Mohammed, a cafe patron and native of Morocco. (Though the barista must be careful not to overdo the English phrasal verbs.) Between jobs in the spring of 2010, the barista spent ten weeks in the northwest African country where he learned some of the Arabic language. During his stay, he tutored English as a second language to Moroccan adults. The journals he kept and shared caught the attention of his alma mater, La Salle University, who a year later published a profile of our barista in their alumni magazine.
[Editor's note: To read the barista's Urbanite story see the preceding blog post “A Mountaineer & an Urbanite”]