Life’s too short to drink crap coffee

The next best thing after wine is coffee. I am an absolute coffee snob, I can tell you where the nearest roasteries are within a 20km radius of my office. I drink it black, no sugar. I’m hardcore 🙂

So when I was invited to a coffee tasting by word of mouth agency, Have you Heard, of course I said yes. We were treated to an evening of tea, coffee and baked goods tasting. I love tea too, in fact, I’m a chain tea drinker at work and I have a coaster which plugs in like a USB and keeps my tea warm.

The two most important things I learned from this evening is 1) Rooibos we get in tea bags tastes nothing like the honey-deliciousness they brewed for us at O’ways Tea Café Claremont, and 2) Cape Town bloggers are pretentious, I hope to never be one (in that sense).

Then they brought out the most amazing brewing machine! It looks like something you would find in Dexters Laboratory and was a marvel to watch! This is extreme coffee brewing, and I’m so getting one for Christmas!


Is this machine not amazing?

Is this machine not amazing?

The baked goods I was tempted with. Rule 1 in journo: distrust those who feed you

The baked goods I was tempted with. Rule 1 in journo: distrust those who feed you

This man kept talking about the "energy"of the tea
This man kept talking about the “energy”of the tea



A juxtaposition can sometimes set things straight


I think I’ve read just about every C.S Lewis book. Really I have (even the arb one based on Greek mythology- until we have faces) I have read Narnia a bazillion times (I counted) and That Hideous Strength twice.  The first time I read Mere Christianity I was in high school, I found it dense and couldn’t remember much from it, so I thought it was about time to give it a bash again.

The fact is that C.S Lewis is to modern Christians what St Paul was to the early church. There is little you can disagree with in his writings, and in particular this book, in which he logically sets out the argument for Christianity. It’s a particularly compelling argument when you understand that for most of his life, Lewis was an avid atheist, and has thus personally wrestled with the issues he discusses here.

He uses simple and relatable analogies to explain some of the hardest questions about the Christian faith, and makes light of issues which have divided the church for centuries. He is very open minded in his writing, which is incredibly refreshing. And, of course, as one of his most quotable works, it’s hard to not get something from this book, whether you believe in Christ or not.

I read it in the early mornings, and so mostly drank coffee or (on occasion) hot chocolate while working through it.

Apparently you can remix anything

I have a friend called Sean. Sean is one of those really, really smart people who use big words like “exegesis” and “eschatology” and he likes to challenge me. So when I got an SMS from him as I was walking out of the cinema saying “Hey Sonshine [sic] I bought some books for you, you free for coffee?” My answer, of course, was hell yes. I should mention that Sean never, ever reads non-fiction. Ever.

One of the books Sean gave me is written by theology-philosopher couple Brian Walsh and Sylvia Keesmaat, called Colossians Remixed. It’s a postmodern examination of the text of Colossians, and reading it is like eating a granola bar: you have to chew every bit slowly and carefully but its very nutritious.

I’m inclined towards postmodernism. I think it’s a philosophical perspective that really describes the condition of the world: it’s a mildly nihilistic, each-to-their-own, no-central-truth sort of philosophy (yes, I am a philosophy major, it’s my secret indulgence). So this perspective taking on a book of the Bible that claims that Jesus is the One Truth, and that there are certain standards everyone should live by was quite an academic challenge, which I think the duo execute very well.

Turning both postmodernism and Colossians on their heads, the authors show how the two can work together. Parts of the book both challenged and offended me (particularly when they say that reason is an idol), but the call to question the current world-system and ultimately live an alternative lifestyle in this day and age really appeals to me. To stand out, to not conform to the Empire, is the essence of this book.

If you question things, understand postmodernism and are interested in faith-matters or are a practising Christian, I think you’ll really enjoy this book.
Don’t pair this with anything except a strong black cup of coffee.

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