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An elderly gentlemen came into our shop the other day desperately needing a coffee and a donut. He’d spent the last hour donating blood at the local clinic and felt completely wiped out. Despite this, he goes often and explained to me how his wife was once very ill and required numerous blood transfusions to […]

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The Grind Size Chronicles: Unveiling the Secret Behind Perfect Coffee

The journey from coffee bean to a perfect cup is a balanced process, and one of the often-overlooked factors that can significantly impact your brew is the grind size. Each grind size unlocks distinct flavours, aromas, and characteristics from the coffee beans. In this article, we delve into the fascinating world of grind sizes and

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Exploring the Rich Tapestry of Coffee Beans: A Journey into Varieties and Flavours

Coffee, the beloved elixir that kickstarts our mornings and fuels our afternoons, is a beverage that has captivated the hearts of millions around the globe. What makes each cup unique and flavourful, though? The answer lies in the diverse world of coffee beans. In this blog, we will delve into the different types of coffee

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The Sound of Freedom

Since the recent release of The Sound of Freedom in UK cinemas, a number of friends and customers have reached out for my thoughts on the film and its depiction of child trafficking. The story retells aspects of a true narrative regarding Tim Ballard, a former US investigator from the Department of Homeland Security, who

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Guest blog written by Charlotte Pascall. Photo credit Michael Weatherall. It’s the end of the summer holidays. Teachers, like me, around the country are commiserating with each other as we face another long autumn term ahead. Parents are desperately trying to affix name labels to every item of their children’s clothing as possible, and celebrating

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Nothing categorises your social standing like international air travel.

A couple of weeks ago my wife and I were married (wahey). The following day we travelled down to Gatwick to jet off on our honeymoon. No points for guessing where. Still glowing with newlywed excitement, we entered our British Airways 747 ready for a nine-hour flight shoehorned into an economy seat at the back of the plane.

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Stop the Boats

Volunteering for Blue Bear is my joy, but it’s not my job. I earn my living working as a security consultant which occasionally requires me to travel up and down the country, often staying in mid-level, business-type hotels. I quite enjoy it. It’s nice to have a pyramid of folded white towels waiting in your

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Christmas. An underdog story

For some, Christmas is an unwelcome fuss of awkward work parties and uncomfortable family get-togethers, for others, it’s the mince pie-eating, mistletoe-smooching highlight of the year. I think Christmas should give us all something to look forward to, a glow of colour and sparkle of glitter in the deep darkness of mid-winter. A halftime break

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Amazing wasn’t it!? Wembley stadium housed a capacity crowd last night to watch England’s Lionesses defeat Germany in the Women’s European Championship Final. It was spectacular! The whole event was more than a sporting competition but a celebration of freedom, equality, and progress. Rather than larger louts swinging punches at each other, both sets of

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Disney Revisited

In an attempt to survive Lockdown boredom, I decided to re-watch all of Disney’s feature-length films, from first to last, (yes, with 57 and counting, this could last a lifetime). I began with every intention of rolling my eyes at the endless display of helpless princesses that needed the aid of a prince and so

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