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SOCIALS | Early-rising set full of beans to greet new blends for coffee pods

26 May 2019 - 00:00 By craig jacobs


Onto a crop with a kick, which got the glamour set to wake up early after receiving a cryptic invitation.
It was Thursday morning and the setting was the Park on 7 venue in Hyde Park, Joburg, for what turned out to be the Nespresso Reviving Origins launch.
With coffee stations set up and waiters proffering cups of Joe, it might have been every caffeine addict's dream - but not for me or effervescent actress and TV presenter Zakeeya Patel.
"I don't drink coffee either," she chimed when I confided my preference for tea.
As I found solace in an early morning glass of bubbly, I spotted a foursome of women who are the real housewives of SA - not that group of nobodies on a pay-TV channel.
Who are they? Former beauty queen Vanessa Carreira-Coutroulis, TV personality Zuraida Jardine, leggy model/actress Lee-Ann Liebenberg and a face I haven't seen in ages, Kerry McGregor.
Kerry, who is married to cricketer Neil McKenzie, tells me she's kept busy these days looking after two-year-old daughter Milla - "and working hard to get back into a swimsuit, really", said the former swimsuit and Wonderbra model.
Meanwhile Lee-Ann, who has two daughters with husband Nicky van der Walt, is back on her feet after falling on her face and fracturing her sniffer.
"Now I have a bump on my nose. Scarred for life," she joked, pointing to a hardly noticeable bump.
When MCs Peter Ndoro and Lerato Kganyago come up on stage, we learn that the coffee capsule company is on a mission to restore coffee farming in regions under threat.
Having successfully piloted a project in South Sudan, which has seen coffee become that nation's second-biggest export after oil, the Swiss company has turned its attention to other global hot spots.
Welcome Caquetá in Colombia, and our own northern neighbour to the fold. It's something close to Zimbabwe-born Peter's heart.
He schools us in how to greet in his home country - different hand-clapping gestures for men and women and including the word tamuka, which means "we are awake/arisen".
The coffee blend is, fittingly, Tamuka mu Zimbabwe.
Someone who, it turns out, has a close affinity to the name is radio host Penny Lebyane - her daughter is named Tanuka.
And, though I can't tell you much about what it tastes like, I can tell you that George Clooney is already a fan.
French coffee expert Yassir Corpataux, who flew in for the launch, tells me the Hollywood heart-throb expounds on the virtues of the Zimbabwean blend in a newly shot video.

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