Editor’s note: This story is part of the annual Mosaic Journalism Workshop for Bay Area high school students, a two-week intensive course in journalism. Students in the program report and photograph stories under the guidance of professional journalists.

Sarah Leduff, a teacher and master’s degree student, remembers the long lines when the coffee shop Nirvana Soul opened in September 2020. She heard about it on Instagram and had a feeling the cafe would be a big hit.

It also gave her a safe spot to work on her master’s project. When Nirvana soul came into her life she was able to have an environment to give her exactly what she needed.

“It really gave me a place where I was really comfortable to go and sit down to work,” Leduff said. ”It gave me a space of comfort while I was working on something that was so challenging.”

Nirvana Soul in San Jose, California on Thursday, June 16, 2022. New and retuning costumers in line to order as they skim the menu. (Dacia Cobian for Mosaic Journalism)
Nirvana Soul in San Jose, California on Thursday, June 16, 2022. New and retuning costumers in line to order as they skim the menu. (Dacia Cobian…



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