Year: 2016

Humans of coffee: Zoë Brown

Who is Zoë Brown? I’m just an ordinary girl with an extra ordinary job. I am a presenter and the unofficial DIY’er on the Expresso morning show on SABC 3. I’m also a radio presenter on the Cape’s number one hit music station, KFM. Apart from having a career in the media industry, I’ve completed my honors in a BA International Relations degree. What’s your best childhood memory? One of my favourite childhood memories was created in the kitchen. I really wanted to impress my aunt and bake her a coffee cake. The recipe called for a cup of coffee to be added to the mixture and that was what I did. I added 250g of instant coffee powder to the mixture instead of making a cup (one teaspoon of coffee with hot water)! My cake came out rock-hard and completely inedible. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? They say that hindsight is perfect vision, although I don’t regret any decisions that I’ve made, I would …

Humans of coffee: Neill Anthony

Who is Neill Anthony? Neill Anthony is first and foremost a cook with a massive passion for ingredients and the people that produce them, without amazing ingredients our job as cooks/chefs is made impossible and not fun at all. I get really excited about stuff like white asparagus, wild mushrooms, local rare breed meat – it gets me out of bed in the morning. I can’t wait to cook ingredients like this whether it be in a lavish multi course dinner for a client or just grilling some asparagus and eating it with garlic mayo. So I am a cook. I will never stop cooking and will never get bored of it. It makes me happiest and also makes others happy which is what its all about. As chefs and cooks we do sometimes forget that thats what we are here to do. What’s your best childhood memory? My best childhood memory does revolve around food. I come from a big family and we were always in the kitchen. My mom is a massive inspiration …

Humans of coffee: Michael Phillips

Who is Michael Phillips? A midwesterner at heart no matter how much he travels.  I like hard work, fairness and people that are more considerate than self-interested. What’s your best childhood memory? My childhood home was two stories and my room was on the second floor.  I had a hot wheels track that on the weekends I would set up to go down the stairs to the first floor.  Working with all the different parts and finding news ways to set it up was one of my favorite things. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? Hard to say anything on this one.  I have made a ton of mistakes but I learned lessons from every single one and it is whats made me the person I am today which is a person I am pretty happy with all things said and done. What do you feel most proud of? I am most proud of keeping pace with the group of friends that I have.  There are …

Humans of coffee: Kristy Carlson

  Who is Kristy Carlson? Wife, mother, temperamental creative, resilient human. What is your best childhood memory? Hmm… it’s hard for me to pick. I had a fairly rich childhood, with just the right amount of awkward and painful moments peppered throughout. In the end, all of life seems to be about the people we experience it with- doesn’t it? With that in mind I would have to say that spending time with my grandmother, who was a quirky and fantastically unpredictable artist, produced some rich memories that have strongly shaped who I am. My grandmother taught me so much about appreciating and SEEING the beauty in everything. My dad, on the other hand, taught me the value of taking time for people. He drove me to a farm most afternoons after school for several years so that I could take care of and ride horses, which was my dream come true. I was in my 20’s before I realized that that it was pretty unusual for a working dad to make himself available in …

Humans of coffee: Gareth Cliff

Who is Gareth Cliff? I’m a rebel, talker, straight-shooter and wannabe renaissance-man. What’s your best childhood memory? I remember birthday parties, playing in the garden sprinklers, dogs and lots of old people who thought I was the best thing ever. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? I’m completely content with who and where I am in life. I wouldn’t want to be anyone else and I wouldn’t want to be alive at any other time in the past. The whole point of this exercise is to figure yourself out before you die. I’m getting closer to figuring it out every day.   What do you feel most proud of? I’m proud of the pioneering and disruption we’ve caused in media, advertising and other spheres of influence. I’ve got more to do, but I’m proud of the opportunities we’ve created for talented young South Africans. If you could keep only 3 possessions, what would they be and why? My phone, my credit card and my dog, Carl. …

Humans of coffee: Adriaan Louw

Who is Adriaan Louw? An architect, a photographer, a DIY enthusiast, an avid traveler, a Land Rover owner, a proud Pretorian, a husband, an opportunist, an extrovert, an urban explorer and now a Human of Coffee. Jokes aside I am all those things, a dabbler of sorts. I am also not ashamed to admit that I am still figuring out who exactly Adriaan Louw is or at least who he wants to be. What’s your best childhood memory? I hope this isn’t being psychoanalyzed but I fondly recall two things from my early childhood. Taking everything apart, especially with some brute force and exploring the roof space of my Dad’s garage. He is somewhat of a hoarder and this mysterious wonderland always produced interesting finds. The Garage is still the place where we bond and fix our Land Rovers. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? I don’t really believe in do-overs, I think I have come up to this point for a reason. I have always …

A guide to coffee brewing techniques

A Guide to Coffee Brewing Techniques People have been drinking coffee for hundreds of years. The earliest evidence of coffee being roasted and brewed goes back to the 15th-Century in Yemen (Weinberg et al., 2001).   They simply roast and ground the coffee before throwing it into a pot with hot water. Over the years, the methods used to brew coffee have evolved considerably. While some cultures still use very simple brewing techniques, others have developed elaborate machines that are carefully designed to create the perfect cup coffee! In this article Arik Weiss, CEO and Founder of London based Doppio Coffee will examine the most common brewing techniques that can make a delicious cup of coffee. Coffee Brewing Techniques There are several methods for brewing coffee, but they can all be classified in one of four ways: Decoction (Boiling): This is the technical name for extraction via boiling. Coffee grounds are placed in boiling water to extract their flavour. Gravitational feed (Filtering): Coffee is usually placed in a filter of some kind and hot water is …

Humans of coffee: Simone Hawlisch

Who is Simone Hawlisch? In Ayurveda I am a so called “tri dosha” (vata-pitta-kapha type), which is very rare. It gives me a very sturdy constitution and well balanced personality. People say that my presence makes them feel relaxed. I can also feel those different components inside of me and sometimes the fight between letting the mind or letting the heart decide. The last ten years I have been living in Berlin/Germany, however feeling home at many places in the world. I try to live a slow life, which does not necessarily mean going slower but making more intentional decisions about my life and what I want to do with it. What is your best childhood memory? As my aunt and uncle lived in the country side, I think I spent most of my childhood there. Strolling through the woods & fields, swimming and hanging out with the local kids and of course ice skating in the winter. We also had some horses, dogs, geese and a sheep called Robert. I am still so grateful that …

Humans of coffee: Ben Morrow

Who is Ben William Essex Morrow? Flexible, adaptable, reactive. That would be my mantra, if I had one. I play every situation as it is, and work with what I have. Coffee is my passion and is very much a part of me, my entire adult life I’ve spent researching, brewing and understanding the stuff. That said I do have other passions, food is in my top two priorities. What is your best childhood memory? Spending a weekend away in Sorento. A good friend of mine’s grand parents had a really lovely holiday house down there. It’s a beautiful place, and has an abundance of native foliage along the eastern coast line near Melbourne. It’s a memory I’ve become extremely fond of because I feel like I only recently have come to appreciate those situations. I remember running to the beach under a pine canopy, where the ground would transition from dry pine needles to sand and the air was briny, vibrant and fresh.  I really loved that place. If you had a chance for …

Humans of coffee: Melissa Delport

Who is Melissa Delport? I have always considered myself a bit of a black sheep. I am someone who dares to be different and pushes boundaries. I am not one for a normal mould. I am a friendly straight up kind of girl who means what I say. I am crazy about food and travel and photography gets the fire in my belly going. I am happiest when I can combine both. What is your best childhood memory? Visiting my aunts farm in Natal. She would always keep a cow aside because I insisted on milking one and even when ALL the cows had been milked and I only had like 2cm of milk in my bucket I was the happiest human. From The Truffle Journal on Instagram If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? I wouldn’t of waited so long to push as hard as I do now in my career. When I was younger I never took a career and freelance as seriously as I do now and looking back I …