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Let us introduce you to Dr. Peter Hughes, a creative Professor who has been sharing his passion for coffee with us. Annalisa caught up with him to find out more about his fascinating life and what makes him tick...

Annalisa: Peter, can you give us a potted history of how you got to where you are now?

Peter: I was born in Lytham St. Annes and lived on the Fylde Coast for many years. After leaving school I attended Art College and qualified as an illustrator working for the car industry in Coventry. After many years in the Graphic/Publishing business I returned to further education attending the University of Central Lancashire where I completed a BSc. and a PhD in Material Science.

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A: But the UK wasn't going to be home forever?

P: I undertook a Post-Doctoral Research programme as an Assistant Professor in Japan for 2 years, starting a passion for Japanese culture, having the opportunity to visit regularly. I moved to China in 2016 and took a post as Professor in Engineering and Research.

A: Wow! That must have been fascinating - but then the dreaded Covid appeared...?

P: I came home (UK) on the 14th January 2020 unable to return to China due to Covid restrictions.

A: And lockdown life gave you plenty of time to drink coffee and try a new way of working?

P: It's given me the opportunity to fulfil many ambitions including writing a book, painting and reading. I now have more time to write for journals across the world on material science and fire prevention. I love Asian history, culture, and classical music, too, so there's been a lot of time spent enjoying that this year.

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A: Okay, so let's talk food and drink! Our favourite thing...

P: I love cooking and baking and look forward to sharing recipes from around the world with you and your customers. Coffee grown worldwide can trace its heritage back centuries to the ancient coffee forests on the Ethiopian plateau, I am currently researching this fascinating area for a forthcoming paper, too!

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A: Peter, we have to ask...have you a favourite Coffee Buddy?

P: I love them all. But today I'm definitely a "Hectic Hamster" and I love to bake treats to go with it. I'm really enjoying my homemade coffee kisses; indulgent coffee biscuits sandwiched with a light and fluffy coffee buttercream. They're melt-in-the-mouth and flavoured with coffee (I've used Intrepid Baboon in these)!