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1aday2014, Coffee, Coffee Shops

Searching for Portland's soul

by Rian van der Merwe

Portland — This is my first visit to Portland, and the stakes are high. Our family made the decision to try to leave South Africa and move back to the US. Portland is our current city of choice, and I’ve been sent ahead on this reconnaissance mission to see what it would be like to live here. Right now I’m sitting in Coava Coffee Roasters, nervous as all hell ahead of some job interviews, and watching Portl...

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An African breakfast

by Rian van der Merwe

Cape town — I’ve been thinking a lot of about place, and where we choose to live, and how important that is despite how connected we’ve all become. As a family with roots in South Africa as well as America, this ...

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Father-daughter time

by Rian van der Merwe

Cape town — Small human beings learn by mimicking and so they learn patience by mimicking patience. Perhaps this means that a larger human being somewhere many thousands of generations back took a long and pat...

1aday2014, Coffee, Coffee Shops

The culture of coffee

by Rian van der Merwe

Cape town — There’s a motorcycle in this coffee shop. I saw it when I walked in, of course. But I didn’t give it much thought until much later that day. There’s a motorcycle in this coffee shop. That’s pretty ...

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