You might call The Coffeehouse Resistance: Brewing Hope in Desperate Times an immigrant story, a coffee shop story, a mother’s story, or a political story. This is Sarina’s story, and she wears each identity with fierce pride. Following in the tradition of coffee houses throughout history, our coffee shops have become a hub for local organizing. Join Sarina as she moves from despair to action-fueled hope in a story that is ultimately about nurturing community, claiming one’s home, and fighting for our dreams.
Sarina has lived the life of a global nomad. She was born in the Netherlands, raised in India, China, and Nepal, and spent formative years in the United States and in Ethiopia. Sarina is a seasoned leader in international development — working on global health, education, water, and sanitation for over 25 years. In 2011, she moved with her husband, Elias, from Addis Ababa to New York City, where they started Buunni Coffee together. Today, Buunni is a thriving business and a hub for community conversations and organizing. Sarina is the proud mama of two daughters, who keep her learning and laughing every day.
“What a joy it has been to spend this time in the Green Mountains of Vermont, at the When Words Count Retreat. I wrote the first pages of my book here and found it a perfect setting to be both creative and productive. The walks, the gorgeous views in any season, the company of other talented writers, readings and feedback, attentive coaches, Steve and Charita, and the delicious meals prepared by the incomparable Chef Amber, all helped me in making my book come to life.”