All posts tagged: johannesburg

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: Dan Erasmus

Who is Daniel Erasmus? If you asked me this at seventeen I had the answer waxed, “soon to be rockstar/pro surfer and downhill skater”. Life changes your goals and values very quickly, at least it should. Maybe my defining characteristics are my unrealistic optimism, and belief in myself and my ability to do anything. These traits have put me into roles that I felt highly under qualified for, but are the same traits that have helped me always conquer those challenges, and succeed. I value honesty and integrity very highly, both in myself, and others. I hope and strive to be the type of person that others are proud to know. I am interested in way too many things. I have a millions thoughts and project on the go all the time which isn’t always great for focus and progress, but also leads me into so much opportunity, I don’t think I will change. I like breakfast foods, land cruisers, travel, and power tools. I love to be outdoors; I love animals, growing plants and …

Humans of coffee: Charl Smit

Who is Charl Smit? Charl Smit is a very basic guy with lots of ideas in a very busy mind. I am a very creative person and my mind never ever stops thinking. Before leaving home at 06:30 every morning I have conjured up multiple business ideas, plans to improve humanity, ways to solve corruption and very many other things. I also love being active and outdoors, and if i were any any other industry I would be a rugby player, coach, referee or something else in rugby. But above all I’m spiritual, not in a conventional way but in my way. What is your best childhood memory? Playing cricket with my little brother in our backyard. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? Take more risks. Learn from older people. Travel and work abroad more before starting a family. Listen to the small still voice inside me. Be myself more. What do you feel most proud of? I’m most proud of my son that’s 2 years old as …

Humans of coffee: Heather Mason

Who is Heather Mason? I’m a 40-something writer-photographer-blogger and I live in Johannesburg, South Africa, in a suburb called Melville. I moved from the United States to South Africa in 2010, which is when I started writing my blog, 2Summers. Slowly, over the last six years, blogging has evolved from a hobby into a profession. What is your best childhood memory? I was a serious athlete during my childhood and youth and played on a competitive girls’ softball team. When I was about 15 my team won the Maryland State Championship, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship, and went on to place 9th out of 60 teams at the U.S. National Championship. Being part of a team like that was an amazing experience and taught me a lot. It was definitely the best summer of my childhood. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? Several years ago, I left a marriage. I knew I had to do it and I knew that ultimately my leaving would be the best …

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 …

Jozi Blue

Trust me, I know how difficult it is to get into coffee. I remember the first time I had a proper chat with a barista. He had just served me a flat white. It looked like a cappuccino to me but I wasn’t in the mood for an argument. Instead I did the slow nod of appreciation. He began to explain that they were serving a Guatemalan that day. I had a quick look around but didn’t notice anyone interesting. He carried on to say that he was excited for me to taste it as it was a “complex coffee with hints of cocoa.” I nodded some more. I was still nodding when I realized he had stopped talking and was waiting for me to take my first sip. While I sipped he added that coffee generally is amazing. That while wine has about 750 “taste profiles”, coffee has more than 1500! Then he paused his excitement and asked: “So what do you think?” I assumed he wanted to me to distinguish which of the 1500 …