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Seattle is mosaic of cultures and diverse communities, with an endless supply of inspiring tales to share. Community Stories presents this rich tapestry -- the people, the neighborhoods, the communities, relevant issues, cultural traditions and rich histories that make each of us unique. Learn more about your neighbors on Community Stories.

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Community Stories: Café Avole
Community Stories: Café Avole

Drawing on his heritage, Solomon Dubie converted the Rainier Valley convenience store he ran into an Ethiopian coffee shop steeped in community. Inspired by his mother's traditional brewing methods, the young entrepreneur realized his dream of opening an inviting café to preserve connections in the diverse and growing Rainier Beach neighborhood. In the complex Ethiopian coffee culture, "Avole," pronounced "ah-bohl," translates to that first strong cup of coffee.