Year: 2017

Here’s the best advice if you’re thinking about getting into speciality coffee

I had a serious bout of cabin fever a few nights back. I needed to get out. So I grabbed my camera and laptop and headed to a coffee shop. The plan was to blog. When I ordered a cappuccino the barista asked me if I’d like to try their festive season blend. And after describing it to me I asked him if a cappuccino was the best way to appreciate the work that went into it. His eyes lit up and he asked if he could prepare it in a chemex. He was super excited about the idea. I listened carefully as he described each step in the brewing process. Why he was wetting the filter paper. Why he chose the grind size he did. Why he let the coffee bloom. Why the pour was a slow, circular exercise. Why he was watching the timer. And why he really appreciated me giving him the chance to brew me a chemex. We tasted the coffee together. He complimented my slurp. We talked about the tasting …

This is my favourite coffee shop in Paris

I’ve been to Paris a few times now. Enough to not need to climb the Eiffel Tower. Enough to not need to see the Mona Lisa. Enough to not need to eat a Nutella crepe. Enough to have favourite coffee shop. When I first popped into Fragments I had to wait for a seat to open up. I grabbed a take away coffee and waited outside. The notes of caramel and nuts in my flat white were as delicious as the notes of music coming from the big box speakers on the floor. I finished that cup at a table next to the bar. And before I ordered another, I had fallen in love. As one does in Paris. It’s not that the coffee was excellent. Which it was. It’s not that the service was thoughtful. Which it was. I fell in love with Fragments for the very same reason I fell in love with my wife. She’s a young lady with an old soul. Trying to capture everything that Fragments is with a photograph …

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How do I get featured on your instagram page? Either tag me in your shot, or use the hashtag #manmakecoffee. See my feed for the kind of shots I repost. But whatever you do, don’t take credit for someone else’s work. Where are you from? I’m South African. I was born in Cape Town and now live in Johannesburg. Do you have followers only in South Africa? I have followers from 177 of the 196 countries in the world. The top 5 countries are the United States, Indonesia, India, Malaysia & Australia. Contact me for more detail. I’d like to send you something. Where should I send it? Thank you! I’m based in South Africa so please courier the item(s). South Africa’s postal system is notoriously slow. Think 3 months. Contact me for the address. What are your advertising rates? You may advertise on my blog and my instagram page. Contact me for details.  

Humans of coffee: Nora Šmahelová

Who is Nora Šmahelová? I was born in Prague in Czech Republic and moved to Germany with my mum when I was a teenager. How I would describe myself best? I am a daydreamer and I try to design my daily routine as a harmony of coffee, art and design. Actually I am a blend of two parts, Coffee and Creativity. I am co-owner of two Berlin based specialty coffee shops, Chapter One and Coffee Profilers, where I also work as barista. I am brand ambassador and social media representative for La Marzocco Deutschland and I recently started to work for Ally Coffee. I am one of their company members for Europe. Beside this I am a WCE representative and AST trainer. And well I am a former competitor, I won the german barista competiton back in 2002.  My daily routine is incredibly colourful and diverse, a balance of just things, which I really like and I have on top the luxury to work and be surrounded by amazing people. What is your favorite childhood …

Humans of coffee: Mus Musgrave

Who is Mus Musgrave? I have been so many different people over the last 10 years that I find this question difficult to answer. I’ve been a farm labourer, bar manager, army cadet, university student, prison transition worker and probation and parole officer in that order. The thing is though, I’ve done all of these things with a camera in hand. I am now a professional photographer and social media advisor. I define myself through the lens and curate my view of the world via the images I create and share. Perhaps, more importantly however, I am a husband to my gorgeous wife and dog dad to a beautiful rescue wolfhound cross. All in all, I’m a 25 year old aussie kid living in Canberra, AU taking things day by day and enjoying as much of what life has to offer as I can. What is your favorite childhood memory? I think, subconsciously I assumed the role of a photographer from an early age because I’ve always had a pretty poor memory. Photography has always …

Humans of coffee: Gabriela Kavanaugh

Who is Gabriela Kavanaugh? I am a weird person, and I will proudly say that God made me this way, ha. I have a very unique sense of humor that often leaves people wondering “where in the world that came from.” I am a high feeler, so I tend to empathize with others very easily. I think it’s important to remember what really matters about this life, everything is fleeting except our souls. I want my life to impact others hearts and hence relationships are of utmost importance to me. That being said, my faith in Jesus Christ gives me the ability to love others because Jesus chose to die for me when I was at my worst state. Everyone is in need of love and having experienced this I want to share it with others. What is your favorite childhood memory? Many of my childhood memories are coffee related, because my grandfather was a Venezuelan coffee roaster. My fondest memory that involved coffee has a lot to do with why I am a coffee …

Humans of coffee: Jordan Rosenacker

Who is Jordan Rosenacker? I like to think I’m a work in progress. The older I get, soon to turn 30, the more attention I give to the power of my actions and daily habits. Actively working to have a positive impact on those around me and actively working to be a better version of myself for others. I’ve always tried to live with this much intention but I feel like it’s very easy to “sleep walk” through life and get lost. It wasn’t until I really started journaling each morning that I’ve started to live more purposefully and less reactionary. Living more awake and less autopilot. I often start each journal off with a reminder  like “be wide awake” or “time is a gift, love is the meaning,” etc. to activate mindful and intentional living. I’ve always been a dreamer with a big heart and an old soul and have really only wanted to make the world a better and happier place.  How I do that is the interesting part, the part that I think answers …

Humans of coffee: Morgan de Klerk

Who is Morgan de Klerk? A girl still trying to figure it all out but going for it anyway. I studied Accounting and International Business, whilst learning Mandarin, heading on a fast track to rule the corporate world. My husband and I have learned that there’s more to life than working 60 hour weeks and following the direction everyone else is going in. This year, I quit my job and started my own business so that I’m able to spend more time with my loved ones and travel with my husband for work. It hasn’t been easy, but I know that it’s worth it. We have lived all over the world and are currently based in Cape Town, South Africa. I’m an avid long-distance runner and love spending time outdoors. What is your favorite childhood memory? A hot summers day with my family out by our pool—music playing, snacks on the table, everyone together laughing and playing with no care in the world. Those of the childhood memories I cherish. If you could have a …

If you’re in Durban, here’s where you should be drinking your coffee this weekend

I woke up this morning to a tag on Instagram by Counter Culture. They’re celebrating the fact that their Simnikiwe Mkhize (@iamsimplicity) has just been voted the best barista in KZN. The news came as no surprise. I’ve met Simnikiwe. And within minutes she became one of my favorite people. If you’ve met her, I’m sure she’s one of yours. She served me a perfectly crafted chemex and, without a doubt, one of the best smiles in coffee. She’s one of the reasons I’m so keen to check out Counter Culture’s new space on Florida Road. One of many reasons. Like their Tanzania and Brazil blend roasted by Bishop’s Coffee. Or their rotating single origin pourovers. Or their ramen and beer nights. Or just shooting the breeze with Luke about the state of speciality coffee in South Africa. Until you and I are able to pop in, here’s a peek at the new shop:  

Humans of coffee: Matt Kenny

Who is Matt Kenny? Part-time barista, full-time over thinker, wannabe photographer, currently living and working in Cambridge. Slightly awkward and introverted coffee lover who can regularly be found in the city’s many cafes (my Instagram @_mattpk is testament to this). What is your best childhood memory? Spending time with my grandmother as a small child, eating toast in her front room and holding her hand as we walked through the vast parks in Harrogate. She has since passed, but my interest in toast and long walks has not. I do miss her and her sense of humour dearly. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? I’d love the chance to go back to university again. I often feel there’s a lot of pressure to go into higher education at a certain point in your life, rather than when you are actually prepared. I certainly wasn’t ready or in the right place, and while I got the grade I wanted, I don’t feel I made the most out of …