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Humans of coffee: Grindstone Runaways

Who is Grindstone Runaways?

We are a traveling couple – Lyndsay Zinn & David Gonçalves, who sold it all back home in South Africa (just over a year ago) to explore the world in search of amazing coffee and incredible cafes. No matter where we are in the world, we aim to find the best, as well as experience all the local coffee in that country. We love nothing more than sitting at a cafe, meeting new people and sipping away on new coffee flavours and unique variations.

We freelance as designers / web developers to keep this dream alive, and are currently working on some photography to start capturing all the the amazing creations and local coffees we experience.


What is your favourite childhood memory?


There are so many – which I guess is a good thing, right? But, if I really have to choose one it would be getting to travel with my family every few years to experience the happiest place on earth – Walt Disney World in Florida, USA. We used to visit during the Christmas season and the memories that were made with them can never be forgotten. Even as child just getting to the airport, walking on to that plane and knowing where we were about to go created so much joy and excitement. Probably the reason why I adore travelling!


Eating. Every great memory I have as a child involves eating something delicious. I have a pretty big family and our Sundays were spent devouring massive roast lunches and sharing crazy (and sometimes inappropriate) stories while stuffing our faces with really tasty food. After a hefty lunch we would all enjoy a cuppa’ coffee or tea with mom’s weekly homemade cake or her new dessert creation. Good times.

If you could have a do-over in life, what would you do differently?

I think for both of us it would have been to get more involved in food and coffee from a younger age. We would both have loved to have gone to culinary school. Instead we both studied graphic design but, even though we still both love design, coffee and food are definitely our passions.


What do you feel most proud of?

The fact that we took the leap and quit our jobs to pursue something that we love is what we are most proud of. It is really difficult to leave something that you are comfortable in and it took us some time to pluck up the courage to sell everything we own, quit our jobs and detach ourselves from the stability and get on a plane to drink coffee in cafes in all the countries we have dreamed about visiting.

If you could keep only 3 possessions, what would they be and why?


  1. My guitar & Ukulele – music is another passion of mine.
  2. My camera – the more I get into it more I love it.
  3. Our portable pour over coffee maker – that ones self explanatory


Since we have sold almost all of our possessions, this is a toughie… but let’s go with:

  1. My watch – The first gift that David ever gave to me.
  2. My hair dryer – Hate wet hair ☺
  3. My passport – Need it to travel


What do you want your tombstone to say?


“Here lies David Goncalves born 1982 died 2082.”


Filtered coffee, not people.

Made love, not war.

Created. Contributed. Inspired.

+ a date that is FAR into the future


What is @Grindstonerunaways

We are a duo who want to travel while focusing on finding the most amazing coffee shops and tasting the best coffee the world has to offer. At the same time, helping cafes get recognition for the good work they do. We also want to teach the average Joe about coffee and how great it is. The more we learn, the more we want to give back.

What is your favourite kind of coffee?

Dave: I love a Cortado, but I’m a sucker for a Double Espresso too.

Lyndz: A Flattie or a caramel & nutty-noted Pour Over (no milk or sugar)


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

Well, that could be anywhere. We are trying to visit as many as we can while we can, so have a look out for us anyway.

What does a perfect day look like to you?

Coffee. Breakfast. Cook. Visit a new place. Coffee. Visit another new place. Wine & Dinner. A caffeinated nightcap. An episode of FRIENDS. Bed.

Follow the duo’s journey on facebook, youtube and instagram

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