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Published March 20th 2019 by Troubador Publishing Limited
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Kasa Cotugno
Chaelli Cattlin, a life long lover of travel and coffee, is the proprietor of a unique cafe, imaginary that is, which he inhabits with five distinct areas each reflecting a favorite coffee house from disparate parts of the world, each supporting a distinct character attracting a distinct clientele. But there are similarities between them. The food and drink, most notably the coffees, represent his experiences in Budapest, Grenada, Cape Town and the others, and the dialogue is what he overhears a ...more
Julie Parks
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
This felt more like a Wiki-slash-Lonely-Planet with personal stories behind it.
I dropped it like a million times just to Google all the places and cafes mentioned. But hey...visuals...visuals...this book would be so much better with proper beautiful visuals.

It is informative and it reads like a best friend you don't really know beyond his tales of his worldly explorations.

I think it would make a nice gift to those who love but for some reason can't travel at this time because it feels like a min
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Gizem-in-Wonderland
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This cozy little book was just what I was looking for. It has amazing cultural aspects and views, world cuisine and coffee culture, casual yet provocative conversations and last but not least a multi-cultural, know-it-all cafe owner with great insights about food and drinks, who also has a level of nonchalance I wish to have in life.
I guess the reason why I really like this book is that I travel like a gourmet, devouring every local savory I can find, eating and drinking my way around cities. Th
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Katie Rush
Ever heard the saying ‘if the walls could talk’? Well the walls in a busy cafe surely would have heard everything, and this books brings those conversations together.
UK cafe owner Chaelli Cattlin, documents the discussion, debates, ramblings and musings from his lively cafe, each room inspired by a favourite place he has traveled too.
This book is enjoyable and easy to dip in and out out off, read an entry or two in diarised format. I did feel the conversations kept coming back around and I som
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J Earl
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
The Cafe with Five Faces by Chaelli is the type of book I usually love, casual reflections on community, life, and what brings these together. But the voice of the narrator/author just grated on me. I'm sure he is as wonderful as he portrays himself but I would choose almost any other cafe if I were in the area.

Having stated my personal annoyance with authorial voice, I do see how many will enjoy this book. Again, by description, this sounded like one I would love. The little episodes, for lack
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Sharyn
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a creative concept: fictionalized ongoing conversations by an assortment of regulars frequenting The Café with Five Faces-the author Chaelli Cattlin’s actual bricks and mortar Café in Hebden Bridge, UK.
There are five rooms in his café, each named for one of Cattlin’s favorite cities visited in his lengthy stays around the world: Granada, Beirut, Cape Town, Budapest, and Hebden Bridge- each designed to appeal to the patrons’ conversational interests with city specific vibes, decor, coffee,
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CJ
This book was delightful. None of the stories are particularly sensational or groundbreaking - it is more the inane musings of everyday people and the silly conversations you have with friends when you get together and catch up. You talk about family, friends, politics, football, food, travels. At the end of the book you're left with strong feelings of nostalgia, a need to pop down to your local to catch up with all the community characters and a severe case of travel envy and wanderlust. I'm st ...more
January Gray
Aug 01, 2019 rated it liked it
I can understand why many would love this book, however it was just too basic and simple for me. Please don't think I'm bashing it, it was enjoyable and it's more me than the book, as this really wasn't my cup of tea.
Cristie Underwood
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
This was a good read. Nothing spectacularly unique, but I love how the stories focused on the everyday routines of normal people.
Marina
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Debo
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Cafe with Five Faces is perfect for people who enjoy and unobtrusive listen in occasionally to the conversation at the next table. A lighthearted read but bringing in all sort of topics to travel and todays political situation in a very readable way. It's all centred around the rooms in the coffee shop. I loved it, a good read!!
Kiley
Mar 11, 2019 rated it liked it
A sweet, well-written book about a period I’m always interested in. It had flavors of Kate Atkinson, so her fans might enjoy this one
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A traveller, an observer and a coffee fanatic, Chaelli has, to use a turn of phrase, been around a bit!

He has travelled the world in his capacity as a trainer, working primarily in Europe, but also in North and South Africa, Central and South America, Australia and New Zealand, the Middle East, and Central and South-East Asia. During this time, he has developed a particular affection for, and affi
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