Who is Dylan Botha?
This is probably the hardest question to answer. At 31 years of age I am yet to discover who I am. Each day is an exploration and learning experience of who I currently am. I can, however, tell you that I am a recovering addict with 18 months of sobriety behind me and a lifetime ahead of me. But I do not let this define me in the man I am & strive to be.
I am a Durban boy through & through, although I did live in Cape Town for a year or so. I now live in a one bedroom apartment on Florida Road with my wife & 3 cats. We are not wealthy in money but rich in community – our home is almost always full with family and/or friends. I am very dedicated to my work so when at home I cherish the time I have with my close community of people.
What is your best childhood memory?
I have many fond childhood memories. But if I had to pick one it would be one of time spent with my father while he worked.
When I was a child he owned a wholesale meat supply company, supplying a few of the restaurants in the area and I would accompany him on his deliveries. My first & fondest memories of a restaurant were through the back door of the kitchen. From that time I think it was forever ingrained in me that I would be in the hospitality industry. Although I must admit my path along the way between then & now did see many a different career “hiccups”, if you will.
If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently?
Other than a few bad tattoo choices, I wouldn’t change much. A lot of who I am today is because of the choices I’ve made. Good & bad, it has all been as it was meant to be.
What do you feel most proud of?
The day I married my amazing wife Shannon Botha is hands down one of the proudest days of my life.
If you could only keep three possessions, what would they be and why?
- A pair of my Vans – it’s rare that you’ll find me barefoot. I’m weird that way.
- My phone – I’m way too attached to that thing. I think I may have a problem.
- My wedding ring – this needs no explanation.
What do you want your tombstone to say?
I have a stupid irrational fear of waking up and realizing I’ve been buried alive underground. So I will be cremated. And on my urn it will say:
“Recommended brewing method – Dose, 16g…“
What is Noble Coffee?
Noble is a passion project, one that has evolved many a times & continues to evolve. It was born from the inspiration of an Espresso bar in Australia called Bunker Coffee. The drive behind Noble has always been COFFEE, COMMUNITY & LIFESTYLE. Community has been the back bone of this brand & it has afforded me opportunity to meet the most amazing people.
What’s your favorite kind of coffee, brew method or coffee origin?
I am a sucker for a good Burundi from Long Miles & I enjoy my coffee in just about every method. In the mornings (at home) I’ll brew a French Press for myself & my wife. At work it’s normally a Flat White or Pour Over. When out at a café a Cortado.
In which coffee shops are we likely to bump into you?
2018 has been a manic year & with that I was afforded the opportunity to open a new café (Prodigy Coffee) in Umhlanga (Durban) with my good friends Craig & Kristi Smith from Ground Coffee House in Hilton. You can find me here most days. If I’m out & about we will probably cross paths at Love Coffee (Florida Road) or Skyline (Gordon Road).
What does a perfect day look like?
I am fanatic about our beautiful country. A day traveling, exploring & camping with friends, family and, of course, coffee is just about as good as it gets for me.