Coffee and Chocolate Expo

Friday, 5 July, 2013
Win tickets to the most indulgent event in South Africa with TheCoffeeMag and the Coffee and Chocolate Expo!

In 2 weeks time the first Coffee & Chocolate Expo in South Africa is happening! Interest has been overwhelming, forcing the organisers to change venue to accommodate the demand from all the finest coffee and chocolate businesses in the land! Just picture it, Montecasino in Fourways, Sandton will host everything remotely Coffee or Chocolate related and you can be there to taste it!

A square of chocolate a not enough!!!

The pairing of coffee and chocolate is an interesting one indeed, we did a whole experiment with these two delicious ingredients in Issue 3 of TheCoffeeMag with a host of excellent coffee roasters in Cape Town, including Union Hand Roasted, Kiara Coffee Roasters, Tribe Coffee and Legado Coffee Roasters and the team from Lindt.

Here Adrian and Kate of Tribe Coffee pair a Nicaraguan bean with Lindt Intense Orange Chocolate.

TheCoffeeMag will be there getting into the spirit of things and joining in the tasting fun, as well as signing up subscribers and giving away a few goodies of our own! We can't wait! The Expo runs from 10h00 - 18h00 each day, that is a lot of hours of sensational experiences :)

Ticket Prices

Friday: R100 each
Saturday & Sunday: R120 pre-booked
At the door: R150
Children under 3: Free
Children age 3 – 16 and pensioners: R80.

You can go book here, do it, do it!

And if you like TheCoffeeMag on Facebook or follow us on Twitter (or if you've already done that leave a comment for us), you could win one of three sets of double tickets to the event, on your choice of day, Friday, Saturday or Sunday. We will announce the winners next week Thursday!

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Aeropress Championships!

Wednesday, 3 July, 2013
By David Coleman (Current Western Cape Barista Champ)

Young up and coming coffee fiend Rodrick Nzirainengwe (Union Hand Roasted Coffee) took top honours at the Cape AeroPress Flavour Championships hosted by Truth Coffee and More Flavour (distributors of the famous AeroPress).

Rodrick pipped finalists Wayne Oberholzer (SA 2012 Barista Champ) and Khanyiso Dunisana (Bean There Cape Town roaster) to claim the R1000 jackpot prize.

Gerald Charles (head judge and roaster): “Roddy’s recipe delivered all the flavour characteristics we look for in my Ethiopian Yergacheffe. Caramelized sugar, lemon and lime acidity, and a balanced ginger and bergamot bitterness. And very important, a clean cup is what you expect from an AeroPress. The winning coffee had all of these and deserved the jackpot.”

Roddy’s Wining recipe:

Dosage: 20g coffee
Water: 225g
Grind: Filter if you are using a ditting grinder but a little bit finer,
Temp: 90 degrees
Brew Time: 1min30
Notes: Because we were using a very sweet ginger, lemon and citrus coffee, I wanted to brew very gently and calm so i first poured 150g of water, and stir right from the bottom going up to the middle until I get a shiny glassy golden yellowish creamer on top. Then pour another 75g of water to top it up. Stirring will help u get that very clean end cup.

The Aeropress Flavour Championship tour now moves to PE, 28th July, KZN mid August and finally Gauteng in September. To enter any of these events email

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TheCoffeeMag at the Mr Price Pro

Monday, 1 July, 2013
This week sees the inaugural food and wine exhibition at the Mr Price Pro at La Montagne resort running 2nd, 3rd, 4th July.

“We are very excited to be expediting the inaugural Coastal Living Bru Food & Wine Lifestyle Festival, and showcasing the best the North Coast region has to offer in the way of local produce and fine cuisine. Our programme is bursting with an assortment of activities that will tanalise the taste buds and promote South African artestry to its best." KwaDukuza municipality events co-ordinator, Collette Bundy

There is going to a lot going on, with a packed schedule of deliciousness planned across the three days, but we are especially excited about the coffee section!

We will be there to show you the wonders of coffee! Find out about different methods of brewing coffee, sign up to receive a quarterly edition of TheCoffeeMag, download the Discover Great Coffee App, hear about our Discover Great Coffee Club. There will be demonstrators showing off home espresso machines from De Longhi.

There will be baristas on hand to pour latte art and tell you their special tips and tricks for making the best coffee. KZN Barista Champ 2012 Craig Sampson will be there, bringing with him some of his best Lavazza coffee. The boys from Colombo Coffee and Tea are getting involved (rated Cafe Society Number 1) and Rory from Bean Green Coffee will also be there. We're even getting the surfers involved!

There will be fun caffeinated competitions running and coffee beans up for grabs.

So come find the coffee festival for a cup of coffee on us, and a chat that will change the way you think about coffee!

We can't wait to see you there between 3pm and 9pm each evening! For more information on the Coastal Living Bru event, click here!

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SCASA Champions!

Monday, 27 May, 2013
Three new Western Cape Barista SCASA Coffee Competition Champions were named today at the Cape Town Good Food & Wine Show, after 4 days of grueling competition in front of an expectant crowd.

David Coleman, the self-proclaimed dark horse of the competition, from Ours Café in Kalk Bay won the main Barista Championship title. Head judge Alessandro Morricco said, "He's still a bushman and he needs a shave, but he embodies all the best of what specialty coffee should be. He really cares about coffee and he was the best man on the day."

The announcement was met with jubilation!
This is a tight knit community and all the baristas were extremely happy for their champion. It was emotional!

Tyrone Bester from Global Coffee won the Cup Tasters title. He and Charlie Pass also of Global Coffee made it through to the Cup Tasters final.

Tyrone, Wesley, Oli and Charlie of Global Coffee, celebrating their colleague's victory with a well deserved beer.

Luyolo from Hazz Café (Stellenbosch) won the Latte Art title, after wowing the judges with his perfectly identical and beautiful caffeinated artworks, seen below.

The top 6 of the barista, top 2 cup tasters and top 2 Latte Art finalists from this Western Cape competition, advance to the National Finals to be held in Johannesburg in September to compete against the rest of the Regional finalist for the National Barista Championship title. The winner of the National Title competes at the World Title event in Italy in 2014.

Meet the Top 6 Baristas here, just after giving their all in their final performance:

Bilbo Steyn was awarded Best Cappuccino and Best Technical during the First Round. Rodreck Nzirainegwe won Best Espresso, Best Signature and Best Overall from Round 1.

A big thank you to all the judges who gave of their time to taste hundreds of coffees and score these baristi, so that they can pursue their dreams.

Special mention must be made of Gerald Charles who stepped up to the plate and worked logistical miracles to keep the competition running smoothly and supported each barista through their journey with care and consideration. Thank you Gerald! You are a legend!

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Day 2: The Rise of the Barista

Friday, 24 May, 2013
The first 8 competitors in the Barista Competition gave it their all on stage today. Behind us in the Checkers Celebrity Chef Kitchen Gordon Ramsay also gave it his best shot. He was swamped by fans as he tried to move through the show. His menu for the show included a rib eye steak rubbed in coffee grounds!

Two first-time contenders started the morning off. Sikhumbuzo (Masi cafe) and Terrymore (Bean There Coffee Company) were brave and delivered fantastic performances despite the nerves. Bilbo (Origin Coffee Roasting) a 5 time veteran of the competition was up next, dedicating her set to her colleague and friend Lovejoy who was competing in Melbourne, calling him 'an inspiration.' Stephan Brits (W Cafe) came second at nationals last year and this time around served up an Espresso Stout as his signature drink mixing his espresso with non-alcoholic beer! Guy (Hazz Stellenbosch) blended honey with his milk, creating a kind of meringue foam. Lesley (Lavazza) used an all African blend of Malawian, Tanzanian and Ethiopian coffees in a slick performance. David Coleman (Ours Cafe) brought his chilled Kalk Bay vibes to the competition, so chilled that he almost ran out of time, but he saved it and had a lot of fun in the process. Last of the first batch of competitors was Masuaku (Protea Hotel Group), who looked dashing a pulled off a set to match.

  Sikhumbuzo in his handmade oufit.

  Bilbo used a coffee from Bolivia, from outside the town of Copa Cabana!
  This man has swagger, Stephan Brits is on a mission!

  Guy was nervous going in, but he performed like a champion.

Dave Coleman pouring his cappuccinos.

Alessandro, head judge timing the espresso shots of Masuaku.

Lesley serving up his drinks to the panel of judges.
Tomorrow sees the rest of the field compete for a place in the Top 6, who will all go through to compete at Nationals.

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Day 1: SCASA Coffee Competitions Western Cape

Thursday, 23 May, 2013

Today saw a fierce Cup Tasting Competition at the Good Food and Wine Show. With 18 competitors the stakes were high as some of the top players in the industry took part. A notable battle between a certain Jake Easton and a particular David Donde caught everyone's attention.

If you want to know what Cup Tasting is about check out last year's champion Maxine here.

In the end, George Bertolis (the head judge) tallied the scores and the Top 4 were announced, all scoring 6 out of 7 correct in the test of the senses. Well done to:

Charlie Pass - Global Coffee
Tyrone Bester - Global Coffee
Jake Easton - Tribe Coffee
Khanyiso Dumisana - Bean There Coffee Company

A wise message from a great company.

Playful banter before getting down to business.
 The men at work. 

Gerald Charles (pictured below) was doing an amazing job looking after the competitors and brewing the coffee for the tasting and Donovan McLagan (pictured below) was stationed at the Foreign Ground Coffee Collection Cafe, where the team was delivering caffeinated beverages to lucky Good Food and Wine attendees.

The Latte Art Competition had a disappointing 3 competitors, but it is incredibly nerve wracking to attempt this form of competition, shaky hand syndrome is not beneficial! So great respect to those who stepped up!

Bilbo (Origin), Stephan (Woolworths) and Luyolo (Gourmet Coffee) were each incredible, pulling out all the stops with gorgeous tulips, sublime rosettas (with 3 hearts) and an unbelievable heart with wings! The two artists that will go through to represent the Western Cape at Nationals will be announced on Sunday.

Under pressure! Calm under pressure, more like.
Bilbo has the steadiest hand in the business.

A rosetta and three hearts by Stephan.
The judges Angela, Karen and Gerda watch in disbelief as Luyolo pours two perfect hearts with wings (pictured below)

Tomorrow is the first batch of the competitors in the Barista Championship, we can't see what they have in store for us!

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Calling all baristas: Enter NOW!

Tuesday, 7 May, 2013
Do you think you have what it takes to get to the top of the barista game? Do you own a cafe and want to give your barista invaluable experience and instill a passion for making amazing coffee?

This is the competition for you!

The following instructions come directly from the director of SCASA, Lani Snyman.

The process is as follows:

Complete this registration form, which you can download here: files/1/files/Regional Barista Registration form 2014.pdf

Read it carefully. Then send it with the detailed list of items below, to the correct SCASA competition organizer.

It is noted on the registration form that the barista should do the following:

· Attach a copy of ID/passport
· Include a short biography and picture
· Ensure he/his company is a SCASA member
· Pay the fee of R250 for the barista competition (banking details on the form)

Once the completed registration form is received by the SCASA organiser, we forward it to SCASA’s administrative contracted company: Imbizi. Imbizi will check if this company is a member and issue an invoice accordingly, with or without a membership fee and the competitor fee. Competitors cannot compete if this is not paid.

The registration form should be sent to a specific person for each competition, per region, as this depends on who is running the competition in that area.

Next comp is in CT: Contact Andre Muntingh:

Western Cape (Held in CT) Regional Coffee Competitions
23-26 May 2013
Good Food & Wine show – sponsors needed
Disciplines: Barista, Latte Art, Cup Tasters, Aero Press

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Milk Cafe Ballito

Wednesday, 1 May, 2013
Milk Cafe in Ballito celebrated it's Grand Opening, under new management today, and TheCoffeeMag crew was on hand to check it out.

The regulars enjoying the Grand Opening at Milk, on Compensation Beach road, Ballito.

New owners are husband and wife team Roan and Marisa, and Mom, Lizette. Roan has had a good deal of experience in the restaurant business, most recently moving down from St.Lucia where they couple were involved in many of the restaurants in the area. Lizette hails from Vanderbijl Park and explains that they jumped at the chance to open a cafe down at the coast. "I saw the Cafe advertised and immediately though this would be an ideal opportunity."

The new owners, Roan and Mom-in-law,  Lizette. 

Situated on Ballito's main coastal road, Milk is situated just metres from the beach. A relaxed crowd enjoyed soaking up the Autumn sun on the public holiday, gazing at the ocean and sipping on champagne and coffee before breakfast.

Coffee in a retro booth, while doing a surf-check.

The coffee on offer is a selection of Terbodore Coffee, The Coffee Merchant and Mokador. KZN top 6 barista, Jamie Braun, and Dylan Da Silva from Mokador were at the opening letting guests sample the latest addition to the Milk stable of coffees. Says Roan of the coffee: "I want there to be a wide range of coffee for the customers to choose from. Everyone is different and has different tastes. When I tasted this Mokador blend, with a little hint of robusta, I was blown away. It was exactly what I wanted for the cafe's house blend",

Now that's not something you hear everyday!

Dylan, from Mokador lending a helping hand during the morning rush.

Roan, who has experience from fine dining right through to running franchise operations such as Wimpy was excited at the potential of Milk:  "Ballito is a great little town. It's beautiful here and this cafe has one of the best views I've ever seen. This opportunity was very unexpected, but I'm very happy so far."

Now that's how you start a public holiday:  champagne, coffee and good company! 

Roan has high aspiration for the Milk, but wants to stay true to the original concept. "There will be a few tweaks to the menu, but essentially, I want to keep it the same. The locals love it here and I just want to improve on a few things, by keeping it tight and focused."

Milk has some quality reading material available for their coffee-loving customers ;)

For bookings call 0724275696 or email

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