Sihle Magubane has come a long way since he tragically lost his mom when he was just 16-years old. His story is about being given an opportunity and making the most of it.
Magubane had to leave school when he was just 16-years old due to his mom tragically passing away. He had no choice but to grow up overnight and became his family’s only source of income.
He shares the tale of how he had to look after his siblings and could not afford to give his mom the burial he felt she deserved. Magubane started working as a gardener and a pizza baker and learned to take life as it came.
Magubane says he was exposed to coffee by pure chance when he was offered a four-day work assignment at an arts festival at the Hilton Hotel in Durban. He says he knew little to nothing about artisan coffee and it was during this period that he had his first taste of non-instant coffee.
YEN.com.gh learned from beautifulnews.com that He said the experience changed his life because he was completely sold on the taste of real coffee. Magubane decided to chase his dream and started training as a barista.
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Once he received his International Barista Certificate and working at various acclaimed coffee shops he decided the time was right to not only open his own coffee shop but also start his own range of coffee beans called Sihle’s Brew.
Magubane wants to become an internationally recognised coffee supplier and says sustainability is one of the core values of Sihle’s Brew.
Magubane’s story is one of hard work, perseverance and taking any opportunity given to you with both hands.
Sihle’s Brew is South Africa’s only black-owned coffee brand