• By Lisa Brody

Coffee roaster and cafe

Feeling unfulfilled with a medical career, Maryam Razak took her biochemistry knowledge and began to apply it the field of coffee. “I got into coffee seriously, joining the Global Coffee Association, and now we’re bringing specialty coffee to Birmingham,” she said, opening Seven Daughters Coffee to 163 W. Maple Road in downtown Birmingham. Razak said Seven Daughters, which she hopes to open in June, will be a roasting company, selling wholesale and retail coffee along with a cafe. “We will have a small coffee shop with seating, coffee and sandwiches, salads, pastries – typical cafe fare.” The main focus of the store will be on the coffee roasting, and the two sections will be separated by a glass wall. “People will be able to see us roasting while they enjoy their coffee,” Razak said. To clarify – she’s not one of seven daughters, but was inspired by the Barbara Cohen book, “Seven Daughters and Seven Sons,” a retelling of an Iraqi folktale she read as a child of two brothers, one who had seven sons and one who had seven daughters. “It talks about female bravery and resourcefulness. It was one of the first stories I read, and it really resonated with me,” she said.

Business Matters for the Birmingham - Bloomfield area are reported by Lisa Brody. Send items for consideration to LisaBrody@downtownpublications.com. Items should be received three weeks prior to publication.

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