South Africa’s mother city, Cape Town, is blessed with so many wonderful attractions it keeps even the most energetic visitor busy for days. For the traveller that is also a coffee lover exploring Cape Town’s sites becomes even more pleasurable combined with a cortado or flat white from some of the continents best independent artisan coffee shops.
28 Hudson Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town
Situated close to the V&A waterfront and set in a historic brick warehouse is the Origin Coffee HQ. As well as the working roastery this hub of coffee excellence also houses a barista school, a tea room and the cafe: or as they prefer to call it the Origin Coffee tasting room. As this is an artisan roastery you can be assured of an excellent variety of beans from the world’s best coffee farms all hand roasted to perfection. There are almost as many brewing methods to try as there are coffees including traditional espresso based drinks such as flat white and americano as well as filter pour overs, french press, siphon and even Turkish. The knowledgeable baristas will help you choose the best coffee and brew method combination to suit your palate but be careful, with so much choice it’s easy to go over your daily caffeine quota!
Bootlegger Coffee Company
39 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town
Nestled among the shops and restaurants of vibey and cosmopolitan Sea Point and a short walk from the ocean is the Bootlegger coffee Company. The top quality hand roasted coffee and locally sourced food means the cafe is busy but the laid back, friendly staff are welcoming and the service is excellent. You can feel the passion for good coffee as soon you walk over the threshold not to mention the delicious smell that only grinders and espresso machines using the best coffee beans can produce. WiFi is good here so bring your laptop or tablet or stop off for take aways on the way to Camps Bay. You will pleased to know that Boot Leggers have a number of coffee bars across Cape Town – check the site for details.
Rosetta Roastery & Espresso Lab
Rosetta Roastery, 66 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town
Espresso Lab, 373-375 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
Woodstock, a suburb about 1 km east of the city centre, isn’t usually on the traveller or business person’s list of “must sees” but we think it well worth a visit especially for the more inquisitive among you looking for a destination’s new and hidden treasures. Woodstock could be compared to London’s East End as an area that has seen dramatic urban renewal of late and has attracted some of the country’s most creative and exciting artisans to set up shop there. This includes Rosetta Roastery in the Woodstock Exchange and Espresso Lab in the Old Biscuit Mill. Both roasteries draw from and add to the creative energy that permeates through Woodstock and baristas will serve you hand crafted coffee brewed in a variety of methods in which you can taste the dedication, passion and knowledge of the master roaster in every sip.
Garden Route Best Coffee and Cafes
Those exploring further afield can leave Cape Town safe in the knowledge that the excellent coffee experience continues along the Garden Route.
Plettenburg Bay – Double Shot
The Square Lifestyle Centre, Main Road, Plettenberg Bay
Run by three sisters and situated slightly away from the touristy handicraft stalls and food outlets on Main Road, this fabulous cafe is a real find for any lover of quality hand crafted coffee and it’s served with an imaginative menu of delicious treats. You will know the roast is good if you visited Espresso Lab in Cape Town as they supply the beans and the team there really understand their craft which they deliver with exceptional service.
Port Elizabeth – Urban Espress
Original shop: 25 6th Avenue, Walmer, Port Elizabeth
New shop: 27 Constitution Hill, North End, Port Elizabeth
Coffee “evangelists” do not come much more passionate or knowledgeable than Donovan, the owner of Urban Espress in Port Elizabeth. As a regular and highly placed competitor in the world coffee cupping (tasting) championships and ten years as an artisan barista and cafe owner you can trust him and his team to deliver you the very best cup of coffee. Urban Espress source, hand roast and expertly brew their coffee so quality can be assured from bean to cup. They have two beautifully designed and decorated cafes in PE serving food as well as coffee.
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