It is an unusual sight for Afghanistan,
iCafe, a coffee shop resembling the American mega chain Starbucks, opened in the capital Kabul only a few weeks ago.
Offering free Internet service, iCafe is attracting a mostly youthful clientele,
just a demographic that owner Nargis Aziz Shahi is looking for.
"There were three key objectives that led me to open the cafe:
1) to introduce coffee to Afghans who mostly do not know coffee and its taste and benefits;
2) to provide a place for our youth to carry out social activities;
and 3) to provide job opportunities for young people."
Nabi Misdaq, an adviser to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, is another early patron.
He likes the idea of trying to create a coffee industry in Afghanistan.
"It's a good beginning.
It's a profitable business, because many young people come here to read books and exchange ideas.
I am sure that this will also lead to opening new shops."
One of the young people attracted by coffee shop culture is Farida Badakhsh.
"The environment is conducive for sitting here.
We sometimes come with friends and sit together to discuss our programs and carry out cultural activities, such as poetry."
It may take a while for that concept to grow.
Most Afghans, like these women at a restaurant catering just to women in the western city of Heart,
or loyal to a rival beverage.
Tea industry statistics from 2012 label Afghanistan as the world's largest tea consumer.
They show Afghans drinking average of 1,500 cups of tea each year.
Back in Kabul,
some people think more women in particular could be tempted to drink coffee instead of tea, and not just because of the taste.
“I am very happy that we have a coffee shop in Kabul, it is a very good place for women to visit.
There are in fact few appropriate places for women in Kabul, and Afghanistan as a whole, to visit,
because our people believe that women cannot go to restaurants.”
icafe customers say they hope to see more coffee shops in the Afghan capital.
Michael Urban, VOA news.