Rough Diamond

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I had my first Rough Diamond coffee last week. And a Cruffin with curd and citrus and pistachios.
It was a treat. Great coffee, fun and fabulous sweet things and an urban, mover and shaker cafe fit out in the legal and financial end of town. Love your work diamonds. xx

More than Coffee

It is always exciting when a new business opens. And especially when it means there is more good coffee in town. In recent weeks our small regional town has seen retail stores close, several large car dealerships shut their doors and another chain store launch their ‘closing down’ sale. So our home town is feeling flat. But the warm welcome of a new cafe offers more than a good coffee to the local resident.  It offers hope. Hope for future growth. More employment. More opportunities for people to connect and build community.

I am sure that when this idea for a new venture was being sketched out on paper napkins over drinks no one would have dreamt that it was going to be about more than just the food or the coffee. It would be about hope. Hope for them. Hope for us and for the whole community.

He is the designer of all Hope. He knew. That gives me Hope.

Say Grace

Beautiful Giant Meringues with chocolate bottoms…cheeky!
Cake display and a well stocked larder

Roast Vegetable tarts….
A few weeks ago a good friend and I strapped our collective little people into her people mover and went on a short road trip. All in aid of finding time to talk and share a coffee. We ended up in a little town 45 minutes from home and a simply gorgeous cafe, Penny Carson’s Say Grace. Lovely food, great coffee and an ambient, inviting space. We loved it and so did the little people. I did wonder about the origins of the cafe’s name – does the owner the love Jesus and say grace  before each meal. Was it simply a play on words, a nice one at that?
I did leave Say Grace thinking that few of us who do say grace probably need to take time to reflect on what we are doing and why. It is a good thing to do, a tradition that speaks volumes to those we share our food with.
In the book “ A Meal with Jesus” Tim Chester writes the following:
“We need to rediscover the rhythm of “saying grace” before meals. Perhaps some of us need to discover this for the first time; others may need to refresh what has become a stale habit. What do we express when we say grace?
  • Our daily dependence of God as creatures and sinners.
  • Our dependence on others as we give thanks for those who grew, processed, bought, and cooked our food.
  • The goodness of food, thereby transforming our food from fuel to a gift to be relished.
  • Our gratitude to God, thereby reorienting ourselves away from self and back to God.
  • Our gratitude for community as we ask God’s blessing on our fellowship over the meal.
How important it is to be reminded of these wonderful truths. What a difference they make to our enjoyment of God and food and each other. If only we had three opportunities each day to remember and enact these truths!” (Page 73)