All posts tagged: durban

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. What is your best childhood memory? I have many fond childhood memories. But if I had to …

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: Pippa Rowney

Who is Pippa Rowney? Pippa Rowney is just a girl, standing at a coffee bar, asking for a good cuppa. I am also a part time freelancer/part time blogger/part time volunteer. I love people although I am introverted at times. Whenever I can be creative I jump on the opportunity. I have a deep faith in Christ and a holy discontent towards leadership in this world. Did I mention I love coffee! What is your best childhood memory? Best childhood memory is getting home from school, throwing my bag and shoes off and jumping on the back of my dad’s bakkie to go onto the farm with him. Yes I was a farm child #supportlocalfarmers. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? I’m actually not sure. I often say I wish I’d studied OT, but to be honest I’ve learnt from life and all the mistakes and I believe that I am who I am because of what I’ve been through in life. What do you feel …

My tasting notes on Lineage Coffee’s Uganda Sipi Falls

I’m just back from Durban. And, as per usual, I trek out to Hillcrest with for one reason and one reason only: Lineage Coffee. Don’t get me wrong, Hillcrest is a beautiful part of KZN. I’d love to live there. With my lovely wife. 2 kids. A dog. And a white picket fence. But with limited time I needed to make careful decisions about how to spend it. And Lineage Coffee is the only thing that makes sense to me in that part of the world. I picked up 3 bags. I’ll tell you about one today (I want to keep you in suspense). The Uganda Sipi Falls. According to the pack, it was roasted on the 22nd December. It’s from Uganda, the Mt. Elgin Region in Eastern Uganda. From the Sipi Falls farm. It was hand picked, fully washed & sun dried on African raised beds at an altitude of 1,500 – 2,500 MASL. And was harvested from August – December 2014. I could say it has a lemony acidity, creamy mouthfeel and caramel …