All posts tagged: south africa

Humans of coffee: Charlie Wade

Who is Charlie Wade? A guy pretty much obsessed with all things coffee. It started at a young age, copying my father’s morning routine of a strong black coffee with one sugar. Little did I know that many years later, while studying music, my part time barista job would pull my life in a different direction as coffee took over my world. Born Wade Ruiters in Kokstad South Africa, my family moved to Auckland, New Zealand at the age of 11 and towards the end of 2017 I decided to move to Melbourne, Australia, planting my roots in Brunswick, a suburb in Melbourne’s North. Charlie become a workplace nickname at my first barista job and has stuck for the subsequent five years. Charlie, Charlie Wade or Wade: take your pick! What is your favourite childhood memory? Family trips to East London’s Orient Beach swimming pools feel crystal clear in my mind. We would spend hours there on hot summer days, and then head up the road to the Windmill Roadhouse for hotdogs and a strawberry …

Humans of coffee: Dan Carter

Who is Dan Carter? That really famous All Blacks fly-half? Afraid not (I get that a lot). I guess first and foremost I’m a brother and a believer. I have so much faith that our strength, determination and will is enough to get us to where we want to be. I also happen to be a blogger and photographer which has opened my eyes to the endless possibilities and adventures that life has to offer. What is your best childhood memory? It was a few days before Christmas and I was standing in the middle of field somewhere in Belgium. My feet were as numb as a rock from the bitter, icy wind and I hadn’t felt my hands in a few hours. My sister was competing for England in a Cross-Country race when the snow began to pour down. I remember screaming and chasing her down to the finish line, my eyes welling up with pride as she took gold. We spent the afternoon eating waffles and drinking endless amounts of hot chocolate which …

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 …

Humans of coffee: Brett Rogers

Who is Brett Rogers? Thats a strong philosophical start to this interview! I’m not sure we have enough time for me to self analyse. 🙂 That said, I’m a good guy who was raised right. I have strong opinions with the strength of character to stand behind them, as well as being humble enough to listen to differing views. I have great friends, great family, and a killer music collection. I swear a lot, I cant resist sparkling wine, I adore art and anything aesthetically pleasing. I’m a person who wants to do things, so generally I say yes to things and give a solid account of myself. My chameleonic talents allow for me to learn quickly. I’m terrible at maths, remembering faces. I cant make rice, but make a mean spaghetti Aglio e Olio. I love fashion, the colour black, conversations and debates. I prefer consciousness over blind happiness. What is your best childhood memory? My family holidays in Knysna are some of my happiest. I have an incredibly large family and we all used to congregate over December at my …

Matt Preston does a delicious tour of Cape Town food & coffee spots

  Without a doubt, my favorite of the Masterchef franchise is Masterchef Australia. It’s where I was introduced to Matt Preston – who has done as much for the Australia food scene as he has done for the humble cravat. I came across this piece he did for Delicious.com.au about the food & coffee scene in Cape Town. It was written in November but still very relevant. It’s making my mouth water for another trip to Cape Town. While we’re on the topic, here’s my idea of how to spend the perfect weekend in Cape Town.

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 …

Here are the ingredients for a perfect long weekend in Cape Town

I was lucky enough to visit Cape Town again last week. For business. And at the end of a very productive week, I had a long weekend to do with as I please. Here are my ingredients for a perfect long weekend in the Mother City. Airbnb I love Airbnb. If I could marry Airbnb I would. We’d move into a loft. Have 2 kids. And drive a Prius. The process is simple. The hosts are great. And the prices are amazing. I got this view for $55 a night. Lunch at Maison Chris Weylandt has expanded his taste empire to include a wine farm, Maison. Lunch at the bistro-style restaurant, The Kitchen, is a must. Every dish will impress your palate. And any lady accompanying you. Which on this visit was my mom. Coffee For me, no trip to any city is complete without a sampling of it’s speciality coffee. And Cape Town has some of the best in the world. It was a short but perfect weekend. And it was good to home …