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What have we been reading with our coffee in June?

I love this feature, although I have to let you into a secret - I read more than one book a month, so I pick my favourite and share it with you! This month, I've had the pleasure of reading Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. Brene Brown is a lecturer at the University of Houston, Texas and rose to prominence after her Ted Talk on The Power of Vulnerability went viral in 2010. Her ideas are absolutely revolutionary and she challenges us to re-think the relationship we have with shame and vulnerability. In Daring Greatly she encourages us to see vulnerability as a necessary strength, and anything but a weakness. Although it would be placed in the 'Self-Help' category of...

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Coffeeland: A History

Now I'm not a Daily M*il reader, I must start by saying this! But my uncle sent me over this article the other day and it's worth sharing. Disregarding the sensationalised headline, the book that the article is advertising Coffeeland: A History By Augustine Sedgewick  sounds by all accounts to be an exciting and interesting read by anyone interested in coffee and its' origins. Although we work predominantly with coffees from the African continent, Sedgewick's book focuses on coffee from El Salvador and Central and Southern America. If 350 dense pages of the history of coffee isn't for you, then you can wait until I've read it and i'll let you know the highlights in a blog post next month!...

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What have we been reading with our coffee in May?

From Belsen to Buckingham Palace, By Paul Oppenheimer As a Silhillian myself, reading this book was extra special. Paul Oppenheimer, MBE, was born in Berlin, but lived the majority of his adult life in Birmingham, specifically in Solihull and Dorridge. Paul actually came to speak to us at Arden Academy when I was a student there, and I bought a signed copy of his book that he personalised with my name. I'm ashamed to say that it's taken me 15 years to get round to reading it, but I'm so pleased that I finally did. As the name of the book suggests, Paul's story is one that takes him from the depths of despair at the hands of the Nazis...

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