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Humans of coffee: Dylan Botha

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.

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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.

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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?

  1. A pair of my Vans – it’s rare that you’ll find me barefoot. I’m weird that way.
  2. My phone – I’m way too attached to that thing. I think I may have a problem.
  3. My wedding ring – this needs no explanation.

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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.

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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.

Photography by Shannon Botha

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