Month: September 2016

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 …

Humans of coffee: Bilbo Steyn

Who is Bilbo Steyn? This is a very tricky question, it feels a bit like an online dating bio! I’m just your average 31 year old chick who can make a party out of almost any occasion and always have the essential ingredients on hand for a slap up meal. My life is busy with work but I ironically work very hard to balance it out and retain some sense of spontanatiety. I have a really good career and life in Cape Town, I am blessed with a ridiculously awesome family and my friends are loving, generous and heaps of fun, so I try to spend as much time with them as possible, yet I’m very independent and can happily do my own thing. What is your best childhood memory? The truth is I had a very happy upbringing, we toured Southern Africa extensively during school holidays (my parents were both teachers) and always spent Christmas holidays surrounded by grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins. There are vivid memories that stand out, my mom would always …

Humans of coffee: Dan Carter

Who is Dan Carter? That really famous All Blacks fly-half? Afraid not (I get that a lot). I guess first and foremost I’m a brother and a believer. I have so much faith that our strength, determination and will is enough to get us to where we want to be. I also happen to be a blogger and photographer which has opened my eyes to the endless possibilities and adventures that life has to offer. What is your best childhood memory? It was a few days before Christmas and I was standing in the middle of field somewhere in Belgium. My feet were as numb as a rock from the bitter, icy wind and I hadn’t felt my hands in a few hours. My sister was competing for England in a Cross-Country race when the snow began to pour down. I remember screaming and chasing her down to the finish line, my eyes welling up with pride as she took gold. We spent the afternoon eating waffles and drinking endless amounts of hot chocolate which …

Humans of coffee: Shaun Aupiais

Who is Shaun Aupiais? A Family Man and Passionate Coffee Geek. I have dedicated my life to educating, empowering and uplifting people to be the best individual and barista they can be. I’m a trainer for Famous Brands Coffee company in the Eastern Cape. I’ve been so privileged for the last 10 years on this journey to have been exposed to all aspects of this amazing industry, the full bean to cup process! For the last 6 years I have thoroughly enjoyed judging in the regional and national Barista Championships and latte art Compititions. Im a latte artist at heart but i beieve that ‘ Beauty is in the eye and the taste of the beholder’. I will continue to add value and promote coffee. This is more than a job to me, this is my career, passion and livelihood. Do you have a motto by which you live your life? ‘Consistency is key’ What is your best childhood memory? I grew up surfing on the beaches in Durban. After a long surf I would …

Humans of coffee: Donovan Goliath

Who is Donovan Goliath? Are you sure you guys have enough space for this? Most people now know me as a stand up comedian but I’m an all round holistic creative. I draw, I do large scale religious oil paintings for rural churches, I was in a rap group in Mthatha called Outbreak and my alias was Acid Rain, I’m an ex ad guy who worked as an art director at Network BBDO and I’m a supermodel (Ok I’m not but you’re probably thinking I could be right?) I’m a storyteller. I love people, I love exploring and taking ideas and what I’ve learnt and turning that into stories in what ever medium I think works best. What is your best childhood memory? Winning a backpack full of Colleen pencil crayons and Status Ivory Tusk deodorant at a Sales House talent competition where I rapped. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? I wish I would’ve travelled more, made more mistakes and been more spontaneous in my …