We Spill the Beans on Where to Find the Best Artisan Coffee shops with Roasteries
Coffee culture has grown rapidly within the South African market, so much so, that consumers will go to great lengths to not only find the place that makes the perfect cup but also where they can buy those same roasted beans to use at home. These are some of our top artisan coffee shops with roasteries– they not only make a great cup of coffee but also roast and sell their brand so that you can take the experience home with you.
Inspired by their love for the Mother City, Flat Mountain coffee roasters, as the name suggests, are based in Cape Town and can be found in the heart of the of Woodstock on Sir Lowry Road. Flat Mountain takes great care in preparing, sourcing and roasting their coffee – coffee for them is more than just a cup, it’s a time when experience, community and culture come together!
101 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock | flatmountainroasters.co.za
Tribe Coffee’s mission is to bring luxury coffee to everyone at an affordable price. You can pick up a cup of Tribe coffee either at their CBD branch or in Woodstock. You are also able to purchase online at Takealot or Cape Coffee Beans, as well as in-store from the following Pick n Pay branches: V&A Waterfront, Claremont, Cavendish, Constantia, Gardens, Somerset Mall or Waterstone Village.
The Foundry 160 Albert Rd, Woodstock & 112 Buitengracht Str CBD | tribecoffee.co.za
Origin’s number one aim was to create a product that would celebrate the mastery of coffee crafting. Their coffee is available at over 80 venues and special events throughout the country. While parking all over Cape Town can be tricky, Origin is conveniently close to the Cape Quarter, so you’ll have no trouble finding a spot in there.
28 Hudson Street, De Waterkant | originroasting.co.za
Rosetta Roastery can be found in the trendy suburb of Woodstock, within the Woodstock Exchange. Their coffee has been inspired by the unique and character-filled clients that have supported them from the very beginning. They micro-roast each coffee bean in order to keep the uniqueness alive. Pick up a bag of their Reserve – you won’t be sorry.
Woodstock Exchange, Albert Rd, Woodstock | rosettaroastery.com
Deluxe Coffeeworks is one company that doesn’t play by the rules. They have a passion for excellent coffee and do what they know best, which is roasting, supplying and serving their customers. Don’t expect food or WiFi or any of that, this is a no frills roastery that focuses on that all important ingredient to make sure that customers get only the best.
Roodehek St, Gardens | 25 Church Street, CBD | deluxecoffeeworks.co.za
Truth Coffee is one of the go-to places for locals, either to have a sit-down breakfast or take away cup, Truth is always busy. The reason their quality and standards are so high is because they believe in continuous learning, meaning they are constantly looking for ways to improve themselves. They can be found in Buitenkant Street, right in heart of the CBD.
36 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town & Prestwich Memorial, CBD | truthcoffee.com
Bootlegger Coffee Company
Bootlegger doesn’t like to bore you with the details, all you need to know about them is that they only serve coffee from the best beans they can find. There are five Bootlegger coffee shops that can be found around Cape Town and they also serve up delicious food to go with their coffee.
The Majestic, 125 Main Road, Kalk Bay | 325 Main Road, Kenilworth | 39 Regent Road, Sea Point | 27 Somerset Road, Greenpoint, Cape Town | 2nd Floor, Point Mall, 76 Regent Road, Sea Point | bootlegger.co.za
Espresso Micro Labs
Espresso Micro Labs is located in Woodstock, which seems to be the area responsible for redefining coffee culture in the city. The Micro Lab is found in the heart of the Old Biscuit Mill and when it comes to the craft of coffee, they have approached it in a way that is scientific. The staff are constantly in pursuit of creating the perfect cup of coffee by researching and experimenting with different beans producing exceptional cups of coffee.
375 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7925, South Africa | espressolabmicroroasters.com
A house for the applied arts like design and art managed to wiggle their way into making coffee, the beverage that provides you with the fuel to keep going. At Haas there is a certain way of doing things and the process of making coffee is perceived as art. From placing an order to delivery, you are in for an experience that is not only aesthetically pleasing but pleasing for the taste buds too.
9 Buitenkant St, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa | haascollective.com
Bean There (CPT & JHB)
Bean There Coffee Company is South Africa’s first roaster of Certified Fairtrade coffee. The company strives to make a difference in the lives of African coffee producers by personally sourcing quality coffee through direct fair trade – this means that producers receive a fair payment for their coffee through equal engagement, regardless of market fluctuations. You can purchase roasted beans, ground coffee or just a cup in both Joburg and Cape Town.
Joburg: 44 Stanley Avenue Milpark | Cape Town: 58 Wale Street | beanthere.co.za
Blue Crane Coffee Company
Established in 2016, Blue Crane Coffee Company (better known as BCCC), is situated in a historic Cape Dutch building on Dorp Street, the oldest street in Stellenbosch. Their coffee, the ‘real stuff’ as they say, is made from 100% Arabica coffee sourced from El Salvador and gives just the right balance and kick, offering a subtle, rich mouth-feel and flavourful taste. The roastery, slash experimental coffee laboratory, has made a lasting impression with a versatile coffee that gives hints of nuttiness and citrus fruit undertones. BCCC is run by a talented, innovative bunch who are simply passionate about crafting exquisite coffee. If you’re in the area, pop by to grab a cuppa and be sure to take a bag home for yourself at the same time.
Dorp Street, Stellenbosch | bluecranecoffee.co
Motherland Coffee is not just another cup of coffee, they are a bold revolution of freedom and inspiration that aim to uplift the areas where their coffee is produced. The beans are 100% Arabica and are only purchased from respected African coffee production co-operatives. Motherland offers a variety of espresso-based coffee drinks, as well as roasted beans and ground coffee that can be purchase at their stores in Joburg or at their Cape Town branch.
JHB: Hyde Lane Office Park Hyde Park | The Zone @ Rosebank] | Dunkeld West Shopping Centre] | CPT: Mandela Rhodes Building | motherlandcoffee.com
The Whippet Coffee
Whippet Coffee’s mission is to re-introduce South Africans to the story of their neighbourhoods through coffee, art, design, architecture and awesome food! Whippet has created a unique store environment that invites guests to pop in with friends, family or colleagues to share stories and create memories.
Cnr of 7th Str and 4th Avenue | thewhippet.com
Known for their signature, heirloom blend, Father Coffee has recently celebrated their 3rd birthday and can be found in Braamfontein in Jozi. Baristas will be happy to serve you or sell you their roasted beans, so you can take the magic home with you. A unique service that Father Coffee offers is that they will create a special blend for your company or a special loved one – a great personalised gift
73 Juta St. Braamfontein | fathercoffee.co.za
4th Avenue Coffee Roasters
This gourmet café and boutique coffee roastery can be found in the lovely area of Parkhurst in Joburg. To add to their great service these guys have also nailed the perfect cup of coffee. The secret to their success is that they hand-roast their premium quality coffee. Their secret house blend, Legendary Pink, is what they are known for and can be bought in either a 250g or 1kg packet.
Cobbles Centre, Parkhurst | 4thavenuecoffee.co.za
Royal Coffee Roasters
Royal Coffee Roasters is obsessed with offering customers perfection in quality, flavour and freshness. Located in Greenstone Park, Jozi locals can enjoy a freshly brewed hand-crafted coffee blend from their own selection, or customers can create their own unique coffee blend that can be ordered repeatedly.
No 1 Stoneridge Drive, Stoneridge Centre, Greenstone Park | royalcoffee.co.za
This coffee spot can be found in Braamfontein where coffee culture has grown immensely over the last few years. Doubleshot specialises in making ethical brews worth waking up for and they also sell limited runs of beans (as they are seasonal). Every season they ensure that they provide you with the best beans, which have been ethically sourced. Head down to Juta Street to sip on a delicious wake up call.
15 Juta St & Melle St, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, 2001| doubleshot.co.za
A spot that resembles a NYC café in style and location. The staff here pride themselves on perfecting each and every cup of coffee that leaves their “production house”. Whether you’re dropping by in the morning or looking to get some work done in the afternoon, make your way down to Cramers Coffee for an amazing cup of coffee.
17 Harrison St, Johannesburg, 2000, South Africa | cramerscoffee.com
Started in 1984, with four trees and a love for coffee, Beaver Creek had no idea how much success was coming their way. Now, 33 years later, they have more than 60 000 trees and distribute their coffee in three major provinces in South Africa. Customers are welcome to visit the coffee estate, situated in Port Edward, either to take a tour or participate in a basic home barista course.
Izingolweni Road, Port Edward | beavercreek.co.za
Terbadore Coffee Roasters (KZN & Franschhoek)
The first batch of Terbadore coffee was roasted back in 2004, in their original home of the KZN Midlands. Now coffee lovers can visit Terbadore in both their KZN and Franschhoek homes. Their coffee can be bought online or enjoyed at multiple restaurants who stock the range of delicious roasts.
KZN: 87 Old Main Road, Curry’s Post, KZN Midlands | CPT: Goederust Farm, La Motte, Franschhoek | terbodorecoffee.co.za
Artisanal coffee is a promise that the team over at Colombo seem to hold near and dear. It is one that the highly skilled baristas take seriously as they create and produce beautiful coffee. If you’re looking for a great setting and an amazing cup of java, check out Colombo Coffee and pick up a bag of their beans that are carefully curated and sourced.
59 Adelaide Tambo Dr, Durban North, 4051, South Africa | colombo.co.za
Pop in at Love Coffee is at either one of their branches located in Windermere Road and Morningside. They care about the environment and coffee equally and you can pick up a great coffee and even a bag of used coffee grinds, which have plenty of environmentally friendly uses. They provide coffee made with love and sumptuous edibles made with that same feeling. If you feel like grabbing a great cup of coffee with a wonderfully prepared cronut or croissant to accompany it, head down to a Love Coffee shop near you.
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