Month: November 2015

Here are the ingredients for a perfect long weekend in Cape Town

I was lucky enough to visit Cape Town again last week. For business. And at the end of a very productive week, I had a long weekend to do with as I please. Here are my ingredients for a perfect long weekend in the Mother City. Airbnb I love Airbnb. If I could marry Airbnb I would. We’d move into a loft. Have 2 kids. And drive a Prius. The process is simple. The hosts are great. And the prices are amazing. I got this view for $55 a night. Lunch at Maison Chris Weylandt has expanded his taste empire to include a wine farm, Maison. Lunch at the bistro-style restaurant, The Kitchen, is a must. Every dish will impress your palate. And any lady accompanying you. Which on this visit was my mom. Coffee For me, no trip to any city is complete without a sampling of it’s speciality coffee. And Cape Town has some of the best in the world. It was a short but perfect weekend. And it was good to home …

What to get your coffee snob for Christmas

Last year you bought your coffee snob a voucher. But I know you. You’re better than that. You aspire to better things. So this year you want to get your coffee snob exactly the right gift. Something that shows you’ve been listening to the endless monologues about beans, grind, water and the tyranny of Starbucks. I’ve got you covered. I’m about to make you a hero. Here are some of the best gifts you can get for the coffee snob in your life: An online coffee course There are a few online courses available. My favorite one, and probably the most comprehensive, is this one on Skillshare, presented by Michael Phillips, Director of Training at Blue Bottle Coffee. Here’s a preview: Barista training One of the best things I’ve ever done for myself is take a week’s leave, fly to Cape Town and do the Origin Coffee Roasting barista training course. 3 days behind an espresso machine. Learning to pull the perfect shot. Burning my hands trying to froth milk like a champ. And the …

The Village Grind

To paraphrase the great Winston Churchill: Never in the field of caffeine provision has a coffee shop done so much with so little. Alright, it’s not a particularly great paraphrase, but it still applies to The Village Grind in Greenville, SC.  Situated in the middle of the up and coming arts district known as The Village of West Greenville, this diminutive cafe delivers a coffee experience that feels much bigger than the shop’s square footage should allow. The shop’s interior is perfectly arranged to provide several seating areas to enjoy coffee and conversation. The rustic wood, exposed brick, and natural lighting combine for an ideal atmosphere. During our visit, we saw individuals, couples, and groups all able to comfortably relax without feeling the least bit cramped. But even with cozy, welcoming surroundings, the folks at The Village Grind are clearly there to do one thing. To paraphrase the venerable sage Roddy Piper: They came to chew bubblegum and serve great coffee, and they’re all out of bubblegum. Anyone who’s ever stared at a coffee menu and been too …