All posts tagged: manmakecoffee

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, …

Here’s the best advice if you’re thinking about getting into speciality coffee

I had a serious bout of cabin fever a few nights back. I needed to get out. So I grabbed my camera and laptop and headed to a coffee shop. The plan was to blog. When I ordered a cappuccino the barista asked me if I’d like to try their festive season blend. And after describing it to me I asked him if a cappuccino was the best way to appreciate the work that went into it. His eyes lit up and he asked if he could prepare it in a chemex. He was super excited about the idea. I listened carefully as he described each step in the brewing process. Why he was wetting the filter paper. Why he chose the grind size he did. Why he let the coffee bloom. Why the pour was a slow, circular exercise. Why he was watching the timer. And why he really appreciated me giving him the chance to brew me a chemex. We tasted the coffee together. He complimented my slurp. We talked about the tasting …

Humans of coffee: Nora Šmahelová

Who is Nora Šmahelová? I was born in Prague in Czech Republic and moved to Germany with my mum when I was a teenager. How I would describe myself best? I am a daydreamer and I try to design my daily routine as a harmony of coffee, art and design. Actually I am a blend of two parts, Coffee and Creativity. I am co-owner of two Berlin based specialty coffee shops, Chapter One and Coffee Profilers, where I also work as barista. I am brand ambassador and social media representative for La Marzocco Deutschland and I recently started to work for Ally Coffee. I am one of their company members for Europe. Beside this I am a WCE representative and AST trainer. And well I am a former competitor, I won the german barista competiton back in 2002.  My daily routine is incredibly colourful and diverse, a balance of just things, which I really like and I have on top the luxury to work and be surrounded by amazing people. What is your favorite childhood …

Humans of coffee: Mus Musgrave

Who is Mus Musgrave? I have been so many different people over the last 10 years that I find this question difficult to answer. I’ve been a farm labourer, bar manager, army cadet, university student, prison transition worker and probation and parole officer in that order. The thing is though, I’ve done all of these things with a camera in hand. I am now a professional photographer and social media advisor. I define myself through the lens and curate my view of the world via the images I create and share. Perhaps, more importantly however, I am a husband to my gorgeous wife and dog dad to a beautiful rescue wolfhound cross. All in all, I’m a 25 year old aussie kid living in Canberra, AU taking things day by day and enjoying as much of what life has to offer as I can. What is your favorite childhood memory? I think, subconsciously I assumed the role of a photographer from an early age because I’ve always had a pretty poor memory. Photography has always …

Humans of coffee: Gabriela Kavanaugh

Who is Gabriela Kavanaugh? I am a weird person, and I will proudly say that God made me this way, ha. I have a very unique sense of humor that often leaves people wondering “where in the world that came from.” I am a high feeler, so I tend to empathize with others very easily. I think it’s important to remember what really matters about this life, everything is fleeting except our souls. I want my life to impact others hearts and hence relationships are of utmost importance to me. That being said, my faith in Jesus Christ gives me the ability to love others because Jesus chose to die for me when I was at my worst state. Everyone is in need of love and having experienced this I want to share it with others. What is your favorite childhood memory? Many of my childhood memories are coffee related, because my grandfather was a Venezuelan coffee roaster. My fondest memory that involved coffee has a lot to do with why I am a coffee …

Humans of coffee: Morgan de Klerk

Who is Morgan de Klerk? A girl still trying to figure it all out but going for it anyway. I studied Accounting and International Business, whilst learning Mandarin, heading on a fast track to rule the corporate world. My husband and I have learned that there’s more to life than working 60 hour weeks and following the direction everyone else is going in. This year, I quit my job and started my own business so that I’m able to spend more time with my loved ones and travel with my husband for work. It hasn’t been easy, but I know that it’s worth it. We have lived all over the world and are currently based in Cape Town, South Africa. I’m an avid long-distance runner and love spending time outdoors. What is your favorite childhood memory? A hot summers day with my family out by our pool—music playing, snacks on the table, everyone together laughing and playing with no care in the world. Those of the childhood memories I cherish. If you could have a …

Humans of coffee: Matt Kenny

Who is Matt Kenny? Part-time barista, full-time over thinker, wannabe photographer, currently living and working in Cambridge. Slightly awkward and introverted coffee lover who can regularly be found in the city’s many cafes (my Instagram @_mattpk is testament to this). What is your best childhood memory? Spending time with my grandmother as a small child, eating toast in her front room and holding her hand as we walked through the vast parks in Harrogate. She has since passed, but my interest in toast and long walks has not. I do miss her and her sense of humour dearly. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? I’d love the chance to go back to university again. I often feel there’s a lot of pressure to go into higher education at a certain point in your life, rather than when you are actually prepared. I certainly wasn’t ready or in the right place, and while I got the grade I wanted, I don’t feel I made the most out of …

Humans of coffee: Christiann Koepke

Who is Christiann Koepke? I am a person who believes in living with intention; being in the moment, finding beauty in everything around you, and savoring every sip of a good cup  of coffee (multiple times a day is totally acceptable – :)).   I am a professional who is passionate about bringing beauty to others through photography, flavors, and design.  Which always feels like catching a butterfly… then letting it go.  It never gets old. What is your favorite childhood memory? There are so many.  Growing up in Montana was kind of a magical place for a kid.  Just thinking of the landscape and big open sky stirs my heart and reminds me to breathe and savor every moment.  Waking up to the smell of coffee coming from the kitchen all those mornings… well, that is probably the origin of my coffee love actually…  But let me see…if I had to choose a memory that is my absolute favorite? I think it would be how we would spend every meal around the table together as …

Humans of coffee: Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen

Who is Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen? Someone with a generous flow of ambition and drive, who was brave enough to follow his dream of owning a small restaurant. A perfectionist at heart with an eye for aesthetics and someone who sticks to what he knows, and does not believe in shortcuts  but in hard work and long hours. Someone who preserves and embraces tradition, while daily trying to bring people together through good food and hospitality. What is your best childhood memory? Spending time with my mother and grandmothers in the kitchen, chasing the chickens on the farm, “klei lat” and fishing, and my mothers peppermint crisp tart.   If you had a chance for a “do over” in life, what would you do differently? I’d rather regret the things I have done than the things I haven’t done. What do you feel most proud of? Restaurant JAN, MARIA and receiving a Michelin star.  If you could keep only 3 possessions, what would they be and why? My grandmothers recipes as we use them …

Humans of coffee: Joanne Lee

Who is Joanne Lee?  Joanne Lee is the daughter of two Korean immigrants, Jae and Sun. Jae and Sun were both born in what is now known as “North Korea.” Both of their families fled North Korea during the war and found refuge in the villages of South Korea. Jae and Sun immigrated (separately) to the United States in their 20s and ultimately started a family in Chicago.  More specifically, though, Joanne is a product of her mother’s choice to come to the United States with almost no money, no job, no family, and no English and begin a career as a nurse in Chicago.  Joanne is also the product of her father’s choice to give up a college degree from one of the most prestigious universities in Korea to pursue the American Dream.  The choices of her parents continue to influence her own choices, every day, and those choices – whether to go to law school, to start a blog, to get a divorce, to go vegan, to take a photo, to run a …