humans of coffee

Humans of coffee: Danilo Acquisto

Who is Danilo Acquisto?

Danilo is a dynamic, you-can’t-put-me-in-a-box, energetic, humorous, faithful and kind entrepreneur and jack of all trades who happens to at this present moment find himself on TV and Radio. Well that’s what I am known for, at least.

What is your best childhood memory?

I will never forget being woken up on my birthday every year by my mother, father and brother with a specialised and designed kiddies cake a presents and I would sit on my bed with all this love being showered over me and just feeling bewildered. I missed that moment when I moved out of home. Just the sheer joy of waking up before they got to the room and pretending to sleep like you weren’t expecting it and being so excited to know what gifts I got. It was always a highlight of a year.

 

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If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently?

I think if I look way back with current knowledge I would have been less stubborn as a child and opened up to allowing others to teach me. Learning to be vulnerable has been the greatest asset I have learned in my adult years and I wish I had learned it earlier in life. Honestly speaking, I don’t believe in that, though. Life is hard and we are faced constantly with decisions. The idea of living in regret is debilitating. Yes, I think it’s possible to make an objectively ‘wrong’ decision but if I consistently looked back at what I did wrong, I would not be looking at what I am currently learning in the current reality and decisions I have made.

What do you feel most proud of?

I think I am most proud of the fact that I have achieved as much as I have by 26.There have been many barriers to entry and I was never pegged as someone who would make a huge success of their lives and in that I have proved myself and others wrong at each turn. To have been on more than two TV shows, having two radio shows and being scouted to start a local office for an international creative agency is huge for me. And to manage to maintain a prayer life, do ministry and sit on the board of an organisation is something I even marvel at sometimes. I am not one to brag but if I look back, I have applied myself to a lot and I never get beaten down – I can take a lot before I get broken. I am also think I am proud of myself for is keeping up with my faith in such a cold and unwelcoming industry where spirituality and kindness isn’t celebrated and egotism reigns.

 

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If you could only keep three possessions, what would they be and why?

One would have to be my phone because it is my entire business and personal life – you also can’t buy your data and pics back. I would also keep my family ring that I wear on my pinky – i was the first generation to receive the ring and it will be passed from generation to generation and that can never be replaced. If I were to be honest, I would also take my hard drive because it has all my documents, shows I’ve written, business proposals, financials, invoices and all my backups. The rest, I honestly believe is replaceable.

What do you want your tombstone to say?

It should read “He left no (Tomb) stone unturned. A life well lived in Christ”.

What is the thecuriouscatholic.com?

I am a busy body. I’m starting a business building an industry for YouTubers in South Africa. I also put together the team that has been producing the website www.thecuriouscatholic.com. It has been such a fascinating project bringing my faith, my entrepreneurial skills and my love for digital media together. But as a small passion (literally only 5 lessons) I am also going to singing lessons.

 

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What’s your favorite kind of coffee?

Generally speaking I am a flat white kind of a guy. If It is my second coffee I will generally order a cortado because that way I get to experience the intense flavours of the bean without too much of the milk distraction. Then something only my father used to make for us was a vetrino cafe – a dash of condensed milk, a shot of espresso and foam on top. Three colours, rich flavour and basically love in an espresso cup.

In which coffee shops are we likely to bump into you?

I am a loyalist. You serve me good coffee and I come back again and again. To be honest, Bootleggers has never disappointed me – I love the toast on their beans and the strength of their flat whites. If you’re in Cape Town, another good coffee shop is Gardener’s Cottage in Newlands or even Jarryd’s in Sea Point but if you are looking for people who love the art of coffee as much as you do, the gents from Flat Mountain are doing amazing work. Realistically speaking, you can never justify a crap cup of coffee in Cape Town – you will shut down faster than I can make an espresso.

What does a perfect day look like?

My perfect day starts off with prayer and a cup of coffee. It then involves a shower, a breakfast with a view with a friend/girl friend. Thereafter a little walk by the sea or in a forest is due. Once that tires me out, a nap will always be welcome. A good espresso and a book to read after my nap must follow before I get tackled into emails and work. Ending the day with cooking a delicious meal for friends or family and having a few laughs is the best therapy. That for me sounds like the most satisfying day.

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