For my daughter Suzanne’s pre-birthday treat we decided to hit some coffee shops – most of which we have never been to before. Armed with the South African’s Coffee-Lover’s Bible we set off for a caffeine trip.
First stop: Munch
I have to say, having a coffee shop as a nursery did not promise great things. How wrong we were! Staff was friendly, the food was generous, tasty and well presented. Best of all, we had close to the best cappuccino’s of the day right there! The WTF shirts (Where’s my food) was great.
Stop two: Motherland Coffee
When we eventually found parking, we found a cosy, packed coffee shop. I tried something new with their Dictator – a large shot glass with condensed milk, double espresso, whipped cream and choc shavings. Suzanne tried an iced coffee while Mariana stuck with the cappuccino. Though the other drinks was fun, the cappuccino was probably rated as nr 5 for the day. Friendly staff.
Stop three: Doubleshot
Off to Braamfontein and a interactive visit at Doubleshot. One of the owners Alain was roasting on their “antique” 1916 Novo Cito roaster and we had a nice chat. He explained that roast profiles are relative and many factors have to be considered. Factors like the temperature where roast would be stopped. This differs from roaster to roaster, but the temperature your first crack happens, can be used as a baseline of sorts. The coffee was great and the Finca El Morito they use in their blend played its role in the smoothness of the cappuccino. There was a nice neighbourhood vibe in the shop.
Fourth stop: Father Coffee
This was probably our favourite. Mariana had another cappuccino and rated it top of the day. I had an espresso and enjoyed the fruity acidity which shone through without overpowering the drink. The crema held together well when tested. We loved the vibe and wooden paneling. We will be sure to return.
Fifth stop: Vintage coffee
This is where we had our alternative brewing course and I had a nice chat with joint owner Kevin. I had the cold brew and as consistent as always, Mariana had her fifth cappuccino. The cold brew is awesome and the cappuccino joint top cuppa with Father coffee.
I can recommend visiting as many different coffee shops as you can. We will do this again soon.