How Minneapolis’ Somali community adopted America’s most popular coffee shop

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“THEY’VE RECREATED THE VIBRANT SOCIAL SCENES THEY LEFT BEHIND IN THE TEA HOUSES OF MOGADISHU.”

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“FOR THE SOMALI MEN WHO FREQUENT THE STARBUCKS, IT’S A PLACE WHERE THEY CAN ESCAPE FROM THE STRESSES OF MODERN LIFE.”

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“ARGUMENTS ARE KNOWN TO BREAK OUT AT THE STARBUCKS, SOMETIMES WITH A SIDE OF SPILLED COFFEE.”

“THEY THINK THEY CAN SOLVE SOMALIA’S PROBLEMS FROM FAR AWAY.”

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