Nationwide coffee chain Haraz Coffee House is making its Music City debut soon at 901 Woodland St, St. 105 in East Nashville, according to its owner. The new location will be operated by franchisees Abdelrahman Abdelwahed and Jobran Mohamed. An exact opening timeline is forthcoming but may be around May or June, according to Abdelwahed.
Haraz Coffee House is a Yemeni-founded brand by CEO and first-generation immigrant, Hamzah Nasser. The company prides itself in offering organic, sun-dried coffee beans from a town in Yemen, where its namesake originates. The coffee is grown from altitudes over 3,000 feet in a mountainous village called Haraz, states the Haraz Coffee House website. The brand has over 10 locations across Michigan, Texas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Illinois, and California, with more on the way. This will become Tennessee’s first Haraz Coffee House.
What Now Nashville spoke with local franchise owner Abdelwahed to learn more about the upcoming coffee house.
“Being a Nashville native since 2001, my connection to the city runs deep, and my partner being a young Yemeni American, brings a rich cultural heritage into our venture. Our inspiration to bring Haraz Coffee to Nashville is deeply personal and rooted in a shared passion for the rich history and origins of coffee from Yemen. This venture blossomed from my recent marriage to a woman with Yemeni heritage from the Bay area, and a shared vision with a good Yemeni friend to celebrate Yemeni coffee traditions right here in Nashville.
Our partnership is driven by a mutual desire to introduce the authentic coffee culture of Yemen through Haraz Coffee, a brand with strong family ties and one that embodies the true essence of Yemeni coffee culture. We saw a unique opportunity in Nashville’s vibrant and diverse cultural scene to create a space that serves not just exceptional coffee but also educates and connects our community to the historic roots of coffee-making.
Our goal is to offer a meaningful and enriching experience to everyone who walks through our doors, making all our customers feel welcomed and valued. Join us on this journey as we celebrate the wonderful world of Yemeni coffee together, intertwining the spirit and warmth of our beloved city with the traditions and cultural significance of Yemeni coffee,” Abdelwahed said in an email.
“We saw a unique opportunity in Nashville’s vibrant and diverse cultural scene to create a space that serves not just exceptional coffee but also educates and connects our community to the historic roots of coffee-making,” he added.
The Haraz Coffee House brand also has its eyes set on expanding with additional Tennessee locations throughout the state.
“Our vision extends to embedding Haraz Coffee within the fabric of Nashville further by identifying and establishing additional spots across the city. We’re not just stopping there; we’re also casting our gaze towards other vibrant cities in Tennessee, with Chattanooga and Knoxville high on our list for potential expansion. These cities, known for their unique cultures and burgeoning coffee scenes, represent perfect opportunities for Haraz Coffee to introduce its unique blend of Yemeni coffee culture and community-focused spaces. Our goal is to make Haraz Coffee a beloved coffee destination across Tennessee, creating welcoming spaces where every visit is a memorable experience,” Abdelwahed stated.
The menu offered at Haraz includes authentic Yemeni-style drinks including the Haraz Latte and Pistachio Latte, enriched with authentic spices and flavors, as well as fresh-baked pastries like Istanbul Cheesecake in an environment boasting modern and sleek interiors. The brand also offers wholesale beans with international shipping, professional espresso makers and equipment, and offers an in-person coffee school, according to its website.
“Whether you’re a coffee enthusiast eager to explore Yemeni blends or someone seeking a refreshing smoothie or a decadent pastry, Haraz Coffee promises an unforgettable experience that combines the best of Yemeni traditions with the warmth of Nashville hospitality,” Abdelwahed said.