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Here’s where to find the best coffee in Johannesburg: Father Coffee

There’s a Charles Bukowski quote that goes “We don’t even ask (for) happiness. Just a little less pain.” And that’s really all I ever ask for. I mean, if you had to ask me what I look for in a good restaurant, it’s only this: room temperature butter. Everything else will follow if there’s room temperature butter. That’s why I like Father Coffee. The attention to detail. In their roasting. In their coffee. And in their spaces. One of the co-founders, Nicholas, said it best in a Humans of Coffee interview I did with him: First and foremost we’re a coffee roastery and espresso bar. We’re hoping to improve the state of the coffee industry in South Africa by helping grow an informed and excited consumer. We put a huge amount of effort and consideration into everything we do, from sourcing, to roasting, to brewing and to our communications with our customers. Father Coffee is also an incredible place to hang out, whether you’re in Braamfontein or Rosebank. If I had to choose between the two shops, …

Humans of coffee: Nicholas Christowitz

Who is Nicholas Christowitz? A 27 year old graphic designer residing in Johannesburg. Co-owner of Father Coffee and co-owner of The Bread, a creative brand consultancy. I’m currently juggling a freelance design career, growing the Father Coffee brand, running The Bread, and travelling to Berlin a lot to see my girlfriend. Also… I just started an instagram account for my cat (BohTheCat). Not sure how I feel about that yet. What is your best childhood memory? Fishing during the December holidays. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? Not much. I don’t think I’d like anything to be different. I guess maybe I wish I’d never picked up smoking. I’ve quit for a year now but I could start again tomorrow haha! What do you feel most proud of? Father Coffee. I love what we’ve done with this place. We’ve just opened our second store now and to be able to call ourselves one of the best coffee brands in the country is such a good feeling. The brand …

Humans of coffee: Brent Spilkin

Who is Brent Spilkin? I have affectionately been called Spillly (with 3Ls) for the last decade, a decade in which I have changed careers three times, discovered my endless supply of hope for a South African resurrection and through much pain and heartache found true love both at home and in my work life. What is your best childhood memory? I distinctly remember the joy of digging a fairly substantial hole in my mothers back garden where I was determined to have a swimming pool. I never succeeded in completing the excavation but did enjoy ramping my 50cc scooter over it like Evel Knievel for many years after. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? I have had a very varied past that has lead me to where I am today, which is a very happy place, so I wouldn’t change much at all. The only thing I know I would do differently having the beauty of hindsight is applied more sunscreen to my ginger skin in …

Humans of coffee: Karabo Mashishi

Who is Karabo Mashishi? I am a young creative person born and raised in Soweto. My environment has highly influenced the kind of person I am. I’m very passionate about style, motoring and design in that order. Apparently I’m a hipster but it’s just who I am. I’m a denimhead, that loves the artisanal movement that is growing in South Africa. What is your best childhood memory? It has be the inquisitive child I was, I remember asking my dad about cars and luckily for me he always knew the answers to the never ending questions. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? I would probably put all my focus into design, clothing design to be specific. But I am a believer in things happening for a reason so my journey has taken this turn for a specific reason, i’ll find out in the end I guess. What do you feel most proud of? I’m proud of the Self-Discovery journey I’ve been on, I feel like I’ve …