InFood Coffee Society Roastery Launch

Wednesday, 5 December, 2018

"No More Bad Coffee!"  Jayne and Percy of Infood Coffee Society.

By Iain and Mel.

On Thursday 8th November Infood Coffee Society in JBay launched their new Roastery and we, along with most of the town, the Bottomless Coffee Band and select handful of Coffee Professionals turned out to celebrate this momentous occasion on a beautiful summers evening, just a stones throw away from the beach! 

The new Roastery is the brainchild of Percy Chikwira and Jayne Davies. "We wanted to open up and make a bigger space where we could roast on our big roaster, have a retail section and even a showroom for some equipment", says Jayne. 

As usual, anything significant that happens in JBay usually has Cheron Kraak's golden touch to it. Cheron started the surf brand Country Feeling in SA back in the 70's , soon opened a South African branch of Billabong, a handful of other great surfbrands and grew her surf empire into a multimillion rand business. 

"When I bounced the idea of Cheron, she immediately recommended this space and has helped us make it into so much more than we could have imagined"

The space, which was previously the Billabong warehouse, has been transformed into a beautiful little shopping village, with boutique stores, little outlets and, of course, the new Roastery. 

The evening was a huge celebration for the community. As we arrived, we found Grant Harrison (Specialty Coffee Exchange) and Shaun Aupiais (Red Band Barista Academy) holding a cupping session for curious guests in the cupping room, which also doubles up as a showroom for espresso machines and grinders.

Next we found the retail section stacked high with coffee goodies, and all our favourite Infood baristas serving coffee, gin, beer and wine to the guests, who flowed out onto the deck towards the ocean and were enjoying the sounds of the Bottomless Coffee Band as dusk settled over the town and the lights of the chokka boast twinkled on the ocean horizon. 

It wasn't long before the party was in full swing and an impromptu Latte Art Jam broke out around the brand spanking new San Remo espresso machine, with current EC Champ, Nigel Kamhanda schooling all the contenders, including Shaun, myself and the local talent from the village of JBay. 

To all of you venturing on holiday around the Eastern Cape - you really need to do a Coffee Shop Crawl - there is so much to see! From the new Masterton's venue, to the new Infood Roastery - plus if you pick up the latest Coffee Magazine (on sale from next week) - there is a feature on the TOP 5 spots to visit in JBay  - including some new hidden gems.

Good luck Percy and Jayne - we know your new spot will be a huge success! 

The impromptu Latte Art Jam gets underway on the San Remo. 

Yours truly, with my best tulip and Nigel with a beautiful rosetta. Hillary taking notes in the background!

Grant Harrison (Speciality Coffee Exchange), Percy and Shaun Aupiais (Red  Band Barista Academy)

Nigel with another creative latte art design for the guests to fawn over and the other baristas to try and beat!

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Featured Barista Proudly Sponsored by Lizzard Flasks & Red Espresso!

Friday, 30 November, 2018

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Friday, 30 November, 2018

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Healthy Coffee: Work out while you wait for your brew!

Friday, 30 November, 2018

Healthy Summer: Work out while waiting for your coffee

That first cup of coffee in the morning is always worth the wait, but wellness expert, Lisa Raleigh, has some tips for how to make the most of your time spent waiting for your coffee to brew! If you’ve got five minutes to brew, you’ve got five minutes to move!

The Full Body Resistance Band Workout requires just one piece of equipment: a resistance band. Resistance bands are a great training tool, allowing you to add resistance to your workout, wherever you are. The non-gravitational resistance of the band also allows you to protect your joints as you train. And you can do all these exercises in the comfort of your own home while waiting for that caffeine kick – the perfect time to sneak in an upper body workout…

Lunge with Bicep Curl

Stand with your left leg in front of you and right leg behind you. Secure the band under your front foot, holding an edge in each hand. Sink down until both knees bend to 90 degrees, keeping elbows at your sides as you pull hands up to your shoulders. Pause for a moment then rise up to your starting position. Perform the number of advised reps then repeat with the opposite leg. 

Standing Fly

Stand with feet apart. Hold the ends of the band in each hand, loop it behind your back and stretch arms out to form a T-shape. Keeping a slight bend in your arms, draw hands together in front of your chest. Pause for a moment then stretch back out to your starting position.

Single-Arm Shoulder Press

Stand with one end of your band secured under your feet and the other in your hand, held at shoulder height. Push up above your head until your arm is straight, hold for a moment, then return to your starting position. Perform the number of advised reps then repeat with the opposite arm.

Oblique Side Reach

Stand with feet wide apart. Secure a band under your feet, holding an end in each hand. Lean down to the one side, pulling up the edge of the resistance band on the other side as you move. Straighten back up, then lean to the opposite side.

Two sets of 6–10 reps of these exercises should be enough to let your French Press steep. If you’re feeling energetic, download Lisa Raleigh’s Full Body Resistance Band Workout as a PDF. You can also purchase more of Lisa Raleigh’s workout programmes on her website, for around R20 per programme. They’re great to take to the gym if you’re not sure what to do, or for working out at home!

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Healthy Coffee: Tips for keeping focused through the work day!

Friday, 30 November, 2018

Healthy Summer: Fit more movement into your day

Sitting too long is bad for your health and your mental focus, we all know that, but what are you supposed to do when you have a desk job? According to health and wellness expert, Lisa Raleigh, it’s how you sit and for how long that really has an impact on your health and overall wellbeing.

Make some changes

To fit more movement into your day, here is Lisa Raleigh’s advice:

1. Set an alarm on your phone to vibrate every hour and remind you to get up and get moving – even if it’s to walk to the bathroom or make yourself coffee.

2. If you’re mostly office- or desk-bound, then utilise your smaller space to move. March on the spot, do jumping jacks, and focus on a few key stretches to alleviate pressure in your neck, back and shoulders. 

3. Deep breathing is also excellent as it boosts the brain and stimulates blood flow and oxygen throughout the body.

4. Of course, the most ideal thing would be to have a rebounder in your office and bounce for 2 minutes every hour. This would add up to 20 minutes of exercise if you’re at the office for 10 hours. Rebounding is excellent for boosting the metabolism, burning calories, and detoxing the body through accelerated lymph drainage – which happens with every bounce. It also relieves stress and encourages deep breathing. 

5. Consider your set up at work. Is it designed to support your body ergonomically? I recently invested in an innovative sit/stand desk which allows you to sit or stand whenever you need to and change positions frequently at work. It’s great because you can keep moving, support your body and get your work done! See my recent blog post, Sitting is not the new smoking

6. Finally, consider having standing or walking meetings rather than seated meetings. There’s nothing better than walking and chatting with a coffee in-hand!

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The Sexy Ugly Beautifuls

Thursday, 22 November, 2018

At the Coffee Magazine, the ocean and surfing are as much a part of our daily routine as coffee, believe it or not! So when friend and Ocean Child, John McCarthy invited me to be on the editing team for his book, The Sexy Ugly Beautifuls, I jumped at the opportunity. John has lived an unconventional and ocean-centred life and is an incredible story teller. Very proud of him for sticking to his guns and making this long time dream a reality. The official launch was last night in Durban and a wave of support turned out to celebrate this great read. Check the dates above if you'd like to meet the author and sample some rather delicious cannabis lager from Poison City.

An excellent read for any ocean lover (and there's a tiny part about coffee too!) and just in time for Christmas ;)

The film John produced with Like Giants recently won an International award and is a beautiful way to illustrate what you're get into when you read The Sexy Ugly Beautifuls.

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#12daysofcoffeechristmas: The Build Up Begins

Thursday, 22 November, 2018

We have gathered a host of sensational prizes for the Coffee Magazine's annual #12daysofcoffeechristmas! Last year we had 15 lucky prize winners, will you be one of them this year?

It all begins on the 5th December, it happens across Facebook, Instagram and you can enter directly on our website.

How does it work you ask?

Well if you haven't participated before, each day from 5th-16th December we post a new coffee product up for grabs. The mechanism to win each day is slightly different, but you only have 24 hours to get your name in the draw!

Follow us on Instagram or Facebook if you don't already to keep up with the pace :)

*Please note the list below is subject to change and the value and exactly what is available each day will be revealed on the day!


Day One : Sponsored by Tognana & Classic Homeware

Day Two: Sponsored by Moreflavour

Day Three: Sponsored by Handpresso South Africa

Day Four: Sponsored by Mastertons Coffee

Day Five: Sponsored by Bialetti South Africa

Day Six: Sponsored by Bru Coffee Roastery

Day Seven: Sponsored by Sea Dog Cold Brew

Day Eight: Sponsored by Equipment Cafe & Hario

Day Nine: Sponsored by Lizzard Flasks

Day Ten: Sponsored by Bean There Coffee and Stanley

Day Eleven: Sponsored by Nespresso

Day Twelve: Sponsored by @Home 

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Roaster Feature: BlueBird Roastery

Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Where did your love for coffee come from?

I actually hated coffee until I was about 23. I’m not exaggerating. The only time I made coffee was to dunk a rusk. When I was done, I tossed the coffee. Then one fateful night one of my best mates forced a Turkish coffee on me. Of all the ways to introduce someone to coffee, this dark, bitter sludgy drink would not be my first choice. But I loved it! The next step was a Breville Café Roma from a friend, then an AeroPress and Porlex Mini for Christmas and into the rabbit hole I went.

What is BlueBird Coffee Roastery’s origin story’? How did you come up with the name?

BlueBird is a full on passion project turned business… After tasting some delicious coffee roasted by a friend at his home, I had to try roasting for myself! What I have learned is that coffee is part nature, part science, part art. And yet it’s all about people. The name BlueBird, for me, represents happiness, fun and approachability. As a consumer, I found the world of specialty coffee to be very intimidating. I so badly want BlueBird to be inclusive and inviting. Whether you only drink 88 plus coffees through your R100k setup or you just learned that ground filter coffee is not the same as instant, I hope you’ll feel comfortable interacting with us!

What is your vision for the company?

We have made the decision to purchase, roast and sell specialty coffee only. We have about 40kgs of commodity left and then its done. No more. Big, scary, challenging decision but I feel that it’s the right thing to do. There are two simple reasons for this choice. Firstly, specialty coffee is flipping delicious and our customers deserve delicious! Secondly, with commodity coffee prices as low as they were in the 1980’s, it’s logical that not enough money is making it back to the people farming and producing our coffee. We are either fuelling the problem or funding the solution. 

How do you source your coffee beans?

There are a handful of passionate green coffee buyers who focus on specialty coffees in South Africa. I cup samples of everything I buy. The number one criteria is taste… delicious only. We are a growing business but we look forward to buying whole micro lots from the same farmers year after year. These things keep me up at night!

What has been the highlight of your business journey, or your favourite moments?

There have been a few already. Watching our customers growing and learning in coffee is awesome. Seeing someone who only drinks coffee with milk and sugar smile after his or her first sip of one of our coffees served black. Sweet and delicious.

Meeting awesome roasters and café owners in Istanbul, Barcelona and Rome on a recent holiday was eye opening and hugely educational.

But honestly, I got a simple email from someone I respect the most in SA coffee. He liked my Kenyan PB. I was so chuffed. It’s the small things…

What do you like best about your line of work? 

I guess it’s that moment when you cup a new coffee for the first time and it feels like gentle sunshine on your face, angels singing from above and all is right with the world. If you haven’t had that moment, you’re drinking the wrong coffee.

What is your coffee of choice these days?

Generally I’m a sucker for a good funky natural. And peaberries. But my favorite coffee at the moment is neither. It is a fully washed coffee from Rwanda. I love it because it is delicious, but more so because of the way it was produced and bought. Knowing that the wash station is empowering the woman in the community and that a serious premium was paid makes the marmalade sweetness even sweeter!

As far as brew methods go, I love espresso but I spend most of my time geeking out over V60 or AeroPress.

What does your average day look like?

Wake up next to the woman of my dreams, head out for a surf, do some work and drink some coffee. Lex and I run a couple of exciting businesses together, we have a baby on the way and we enjoy our sport. So life is busy in all the best ways!

What are you most looking forward to over the next few months and years?

I am fired up for our new 10kg roaster to arrive in the next few days. I am thrilled at the prospect of meeting as many like minded coffee friends as possible and growing a large community of home baristas. I’m excited to partner with café owners who care about the quality of their coffee and introducing as many people to specialty coffee as possible.

How do you see the coffee scene growing/changing in South Africa?

I’m not sure that I am qualified to answer this question. I just hope that we are moving towards quality and transparency. All I know is that to see any real change, we need to focus on the elements within our control. What I can do is buy great coffee. I can build my business in such a way that these great coffees remain affordable.  I can continue to obsess over quality. I can do my best to connect with our customers and create an inclusive community of people who get it. I love people who get it. French press and blade grinder or GS3 and EK43… at the end of the day its about passion and happiness. I love coffee!

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