Coffee breaks have become an important part of our routine in the office and we (colleagues and friends) usually do it before settling to our workstations in the morning and a few minutes after lunchtime. The picture of the blathers that come from this break make it more fun; it adds social value to the group’s bond.
After quite some time, one of us suggested the idea of having a boys’ night out at a café. Since that was a payday, every one simply gave in. The truth is sipping a cup of coffee at a café is a fancy thing for us—commoners. However it may be, there was a huge excitement radiating from all of us before we left the office later that day. The thing that made it extra special is the pack was in full force.
We first took part in doing our monetary obligation for our families back home. Java Time is the only decent café near Enjaz (a money remittance arm of Bank Abilad) in Exit 5 so we unanimously picked it.
Upon stepping on Java Time’s door, the aromas of the dark, shiny, minuscule coffee beans drifting around made us feel that much needed time to unwind and escape the busy corporate world. The smell of that crushed black beans is just heavenly. It was so calming. And welcoming the sweet smell of pastries for our sweet sooth will just yield more magic. The unique lighting at the second floor is a bonus.
It is true, we will always be fascinated by beer and college days can sure attest to that. But here in Saudi Arabia, the yeast-fermented malt drink cannot be the option for the kind of night out we wish to feast on in pursuit of bromance. We are generally content with our respective relationships of course. Nonetheless, it is primal for us to find some time to crack open a beer with the pack. Make that drink a cup of cappuccino, latte, or macchiato in the current setting.
You see, a boys’ night out is not just about prowling the streets, beer indulgence, or disastrous debauchery. It is about camaraderie to a considerable degree.
One thing I learned is that we can still dutifully ridicule each others’ social blunders if not marital bliss and have frank, unedited discussions on matters large or small just by a cup of coffee or any beverage with the black bean’s touch.
The beer and peanut–which primarily drives a boys’ night out back home–have now evolved into coffee and pastries. As for the boys’ night out, I guess we should now change it into “coffee with the boys” to mean a laid-back time to gather the pack to bask in our new favorite beverage and make for a good conversation.
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