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Friday, 8 December, 2017

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Barista of the Month - December

Friday, 1 December, 2017

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KZN Barista Champions 2017!

Friday, 1 December, 2017
The SCASA KZN Regional Barista Champs, Latte Art and Cup Tasters competitions were held this week in Durban, and 3 new Champions were crowned!

Anthem Conference Centre in Durban North played host to the coffee competitions, the last of the 4 Regionals, which determines the final line-up for Nationals,  to be held at Cape Town Coffee Festival in February 2018.

In the Barista Competition, it was newcomer, Simnikiwe Mkhize (Counter Culture Coffee), that impressed the judges to defeat the reigning champion, Bruce Manning (Tribeca), into second spot.

In the Latte Art it was Minenhle Sibisi (Colombo Coffee & Tea) who clinched the Regional Championship Title from Ndumiso Ngcubu (Talkhouse Cafe) and in the Cup Tasters competition it was Iain Evans (Coffee Magazine) who narrowly beat Sinjon Wicks (Terbodore) for the Title.

Besides the seriousness of the competitions, it was an incredible week of coffee making, idea sharing and camaraderie amongst the KZN Coffee community - some highlights were Ndumiso Ngubu winning R2500 in the Almond Breeze Barista Blend Smackdown, Monin syrups representative Jason Andrews showcasing some incredible new latte art designs with the new Monin products and the usual barista Afterparty, with the now traditional Winner on the table shot!

Full results as follows:

Latte Art:
1. Minenhle Sibisi - Colombo Coffee
2. Ndumiso Ngcobo - The Talkhouse Cafe

Cup Tasters:
1. Iain Evans - The Coffee Magazine
2. Sinjon Wicks - Terbodore Coffee Roasters

Barista Championship:
1. Simnikiwe Mkhize - Counter Culture
2. Bruce Manning - TriBeCa Coffee
3. Ndumiso Ngcobo - The Talkhouse Cafe
4. Seshnie Govender - TriBeCa Coffee
5. Armandt Lauwrens - Ground Coffee House
6. Fikile Khuzwayo - MRP Foundation

Thank you to all judges and Sponsors!

Moricco Import and Export - Victoria Ardunio Black Eagle Espresso machines
Koldserve - Mahkonigh K30 Grinders
Ultimate Water - Water filtration

Almond Breeze - Gold Sponsor
Monin - Silver Sponsor
Vision Works - Bronze Sponsor

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Cafe of the Month - December

Wednesday, 29 November, 2017

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#12daysofcoffeechristmas is coming!

Friday, 1 December, 2017

That's right! It's that time of year again where we go absolutely crazy and giveaway incredible coffee equipment for 12 days straight. We have some amazing goodies up for grabs from some amazing companies and we are super excited to spoil you rotten!

We will be uploading each day's featured product at 12pm and you will be able to enter until 12pm the next day.

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Coffee Dictionary and WIKARCS available now from The Coffee Magazine

Wednesday, 29 November, 2017

We have these two incredible coffee books in stock right now!

The Coffee Dictionary: R275
An A-Z compendium of everything you need to know about coffee, from a champion barista.Coffee is more popular than ever before - and more complex. The Coffee Dictionary is the coffee drinker's guide to the dizzying array of terms and techniques, equipment and varieties that go into creating the perfect cup. With hundreds of entries on everything from sourcing, growing and harvesting, to roasting, grinding and brewing, three-time UK champion barista and coffee expert Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood explains the key factors that impact the taste of your drink.Illustrated throughout and covering anything from country of origin, variety of bean and growing and harvesting techniques to roasting methods, brewing equipment, tasting notes - as well as the many different coffee-based drinks.

Both prices include delivery.

They will make amazing gifts for coffee lovers this festive season (or anytime really)!

Please fill in the form below to place your order and we will contact you to arrange payment. Thank you!

Order WIKARCS or The Coffee Dictionary

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Coffee Magazine on Metro FM: The Selati Sugar Barista Scholarship

Friday, 24 November, 2017
 By Iain Evans -

This week I had the opportunity to chat to RAMS on Metro FM about the Selati Barista Education Scholarship Programme as part of his "Opportunity Tuesday" talk show. What a cool guy and it was awesome to hear how genuinely excited he was at the opportunities we are offering in the townships for young people to get into coffee!  At one point he says "Wow, I'm getting goosebumps!" and I really liked that he grasped that this Scholarship Programme is  a gateway to these candidates one day owning their own coffee businesses in the townships!

Thank you to RAMS and Metro FM, Thato Mataboge the Producer, Shupi Nkgadima for hooking it all up, and of course our at Partners at Selati, Portia and Irfaan, Lani and Lizaan at Ciro, Stuart at EDEAF, Prof Tertia and John at UNISA and all our Partner Cafe's!

Have a listen...

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Clearance Sale: 35% off DGC Club Coffee Boxes, now R350!!

Friday, 24 November, 2017
For this weekend only, if you order between today (24 November) and Monday (27 November) the Discover Great Coffee Club box that is normally R513 is marked down to an amazing R350 to clear our remaining stock!

Limited stock is available. All you need to do is email us with your delivery address.

These are the awesome coffees you will receive within 3 days of payment being received:

Savior Brand - Durban

Savior Brand started a coffee business almost 4 years ago as a "bolt on" to their leather studio in downtown Durban. They started their coffee offering with some amazing micro lots from Long Miles Coffee Project. Taste being as subjective as it is, after many, many conversations with coffee roasters around the country and drinking their coffee, the Savior Team eventually chose a roaster and developed a blend, known as Trinity. You can expect a light chocolaty flavour, that is well balanced, with a rounded smooth aftertaste with little or no acidity.

Infood Coffee Society Roastery - JBay

Situated right in the heart of the surf village in Jeffreysbay, Infood was formed out of a desire to bring the best coffee to the people. With a wide selection of artisan roasted coffees from Africa, Central and South America, the "Coffee Society Blend" was born. It consists of 4 single origins: Ethiopia Sidamo, Ethiopia Anderacha Organic, Uganda Bugisu Organic and Colombia Excelso Supremo. Expect a well-rounded, balanced and delicious espresso, which goes perfectly with steamed milk and as a pourover.

Craft Coffee - Newtown

Craft Coffee’s House blend is a delicious 3 bean blend from India, Guatamala and Brazil gives a delightful floral, chocolate and sweet spice aroma on the nose and tastes fantastic as an espresso or manually brewed coffee. Expect Vanilla, dark chocolate and hints of toasted hazelnuts with a brown sugar sweetness. It is medium bodied, smooth and balanced with a tingly acidity on the palate. Roasted under the close scrutiny of former SA Barista Champion Lovejoy Chirumbasukwa, and the Team at Craft Coffee, who pride themselves on experience, quality and consistency, you can expect something special from this coffee!

Solid Ground Roastery - Somertset West

This little gem of a roastery in Somerset West is proud to offer a rich, medium bodied Colombia Supremo with a dark intensity. "We recommend this coffee particularly as an espresso for mornings and after dinner, as it is bursting with flavour and has a super clean finish." Think dark chocolate, caramel and citrus flavours.

Beaver Creek Coffee Estate - Port Edward

Originally developed and grown in Kenya and Tanzania, this SL28 Bourbon cultivar grown right here in South Africa has adapted to the sub-tropical climate and is harvested from May to September. Once picked, the ripe cherries are pulped, fermented, skin dried and placed on sun-drying racks for two weeks. The outer shells of the beans are then removed and depending whether they are to be sold ground or whole, are roasted to a medium +.

Culinary Coffee Roastery - Lanseria

The Alpha Blend is the signature blend from Culinary Coffee. It is a 100% Arabica blend of African, Asian and South American beans and this blend has no additives and no cheap filler beans. The Alpha blend is electronically roasted for consistency. Expect a well rounded, delicately balanced coffee.

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