Congratulations to KZN Coffee Champions 2019!

Monday, 11 November, 2019

2019 KZN BARISTA Championship

Champion: Kgune Zamo Dlamini from Lineage Coffee.

Runner Up: Princess Fikile Khuzwayo from MRP Foundation 
3rd Place: Bruce John Manning from Brustar 

The Barista Specialty Awards went to (as determined in the semi-final round):
Best Technical: Dieter Liebenberg (VDP Distributors)
Best Milk Beverage: Jason Nkosi (Lineage Coffee)
Best Signature & Espresso Drink: Kgune Dlamini (Lineage Coffee)

2019 KZN LATTE ART

Champion: Ndumiso Ngcobo from The Talkhouse Cafe 

Runner Up: Jeff Stopforth from Beaver Creek Coffee 

2019 KZN CUP TASTERS

Champion:  Wency Masawi from Tanaka Coffee/African Roots Coffee.

Runner Up: Themba Ndlovu from VDP Distributors 

All the above competitors have qualified for the National Coffee Competitions in March 2020 at Hostex!

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Mobile Coffee Entrepreneurs Finding Success in Egypt

Monday, 11 November, 2019

Young people in Egypt are turning to mobile coffee solutions and cafés on wheels to earn an income, helping to tackle Egypt’s high unemployment rate. Unlike a brick and mortar café, coffee carts, trailers, bikes and vans require minimal resources and capital, making it much easier for young entrepreneurs to get a small business off the ground and earn a decent living.

Mobile cafés are able to travel to where the business is (usually near malls, universities and big markets), and operators can be flexible with their hours, which suits both students and those who are looking for an alternative source of income. For example, some vendors might serve morning commuters their caffeine fix on the way to work before heading to their own ‘9 to 5’ job. 

Food carts have always been standard fare on the streets of Egypt, but young entrepreneurs turning their private vehicles into mobile cafés is a fairly new concept. Most new graduates can’t afford the cost of a permanent venue, and don’t want to risk investing in an area where their business might not take off. A mobile solution provides much more freedom, with less risk – ideal when starting out in a tough economy. It also means coffee can be sold at slightly lower prices because overheads aren’t so high. 

Café Up in Cairo

Café Up is an example of one of Cairo’s first mobile microbus cafés which gives commuters their caffeine fix. Founded by Mondy Mahmoud and operated by Bakr Saleh, Café Up makes it easier to get a good cup of coffee on the go. In an interview with Daily News Egypt, Mahmoud said:

We are four friends, all graduates from law school, and we wanted to find an alternative source of income. Therefore, we got this bus in 2012 and started roaming around Cairo […] We wanted to start a café and yet we could not afford the cost of a permanent venue or store. We also did not want to risk staying in one area that might not welcome our idea or not be profitable enough.

Entrepreneurs earning a decent living

Micro businesses like these are proving that there is employment for today’s youth, and there are ways to make ends meet if you think ‘outside the box’. Unemployment in Egypt is high, but young people like Mahmoud have found innovative ways to make ends meet. With the right papers and permits, mobile cafés are finding success in providing specialty coffee on the go.

Photos by Ahmed Najeeb © CairoScene

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First Deaf Barista competes on SCASA stage

Thursday, 7 November, 2019

History was made in Durban, South Africa 7th November 2019, as Karabo Motla became the first deaf barista to compete at a SCASA competition and perhaps the first deaf barista in the world to take the step on to this platform. He poured some beautiful latte art and we couldn’t be prouder of his bravery and his drive to be a leader for this community.  

Huge congratulations to Ciro Beverage Solutions and in particular Lani Snyman and her team who are so dedicated to changing lives through coffee. The volunteers at this competition are all also trainee deaf baristas, amazing!

Thank you to eDeaf for sponsoring an interpreter so that the judges and MC could interact with Karabo. You may or may not know that interpreters are allowed at the World Coffee Events competitions. Karabo is an ambitious young human, who knows, maybe one day we will see him on the world's biggest coffee stage!

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Deluxe Coffeeworks: 10 years and going strong!

Wednesday, 6 November, 2019

Dearest Deluxe Coffeeworks!

Happy 10th Birthday! We remember fondly packing in to Church Street early bells and watching the team (including Grant when he was a baby barista!) work magic and keep the heaving crowd happy. The vibe was more like a bar at a rock club than a cafe at 8am and that's what we loved about it. You've grown, gotten fancy with technology and online sales and opened many more spots, but the rock 'n roll still holds strong throughout your brand. Carl Wessel and Judd Nicolay continue to helm the crew boldly and we wish you all the best for the next 10 years!

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Gallery: Cultures collide with coffee & tattoos

Tuesday, 5 November, 2019

What a combo! An amazing time was spent soaking up the Springboks win while coffee people got inked and showed off their latte art skills at this fantastic event!

Thank you to Equipment Cafe for putting on the show, Tory of Sally Mustang Tattoos for producing incredible art and all the baristas who took part in the epic MilkLab Smackdown organised by Wayne Burrows. Good times all round!

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The SA Coffee Community gets behind the Springboks!

Thursday, 31 October, 2019

Yoh! We don't know about you, but we are EXCITED and TERRIFIED for tomorrow's final. And the SA coffee community is getting behind the Springboks!

Go have a Bokkeccino at The Whippet in Johannesburg! Love it!

And Nationwide the Wiesenhof Franchise has got you covered in a big way with World Cup fever! Bokkie is out to celebrate!!! 

Tell us  your score prediction in the comments below and you could stand a chance to win a goodie bag of Coffee Magazine gear worth R400. The three closest predictions win!

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Salt Rock Coffee Company

Wednesday, 30 October, 2019

The Coffee Magazine has largely been based on a lifestyle of coffee, community and doing the things we love. Being Durbanites, one of those things is getting in the ocean on a daily basis. We usually gravitate to the places where the wind is offshore, the vibes are good and there is great coffee. The North Coast of KZN is one of those kinds of places, with more and more folks taking their coffee (and their beach lifestyles!) seriously.

Enter Salt Rock Coffee Company. This little coffee outlet started as a temporary, mobile coffee unit at Salt Rock beach serving beachgoers, surfers, fishermen and dogwalkers early each morning, and quickly became so popular that they took up residence in the nearby shopping complex around the corner from the beach, and soon thereafter outgrew that space and are now currently setup front and centre of the same precinct in a much larger space facing the busy street that is Salt Rock Main Road.

Sne, the barista along with the Owners Karl and Stacy, serve Bluebird Coffee to the very loyal customer base that sometimes are queuing up from 5.30am in the morning to get their fix! We arrived after a surf, and the shop was pumping. Lots of regulars, lots of visitors and a really cool vibe you’d expect from a seaside town. We were told that the community played a large role is assisting with getting the shop ready – locals helped to make the counters and shopfit the premises and have really made it their own.

With the December holidays looming, and the North Coast of KZN being a prime location for many holiday makers, we are stoked to tell visitors to Salt Rock that they will now be able to have an amazing beach holiday and delicious coffee in a cool space too.

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Rugby fever: Eighteen Coffee

Wednesday, 30 October, 2019

We chatted to Kyle Brown, captain of our Blitzbokke for many years, who has started Eighteen Coffee with his team mates Cecil Afrika and Philip Snyman. A team that drinks coffee together obviously stays together!

You’ve created a mini Sevens team reunion with this business; who is responsible for what and who else is part of your team?

Hahah, that was all by design! We've been friends in the team for so many years and we wanted to find a way to keep a close as rugby draws to a close for most of us. 

Eighteen is made up of Cecil Afrika, Philip Snyman and me (Kyle Brown). It's the total of our jersey numbers, 2, 6 and 10. We're still figuring out so much about the backend of running a business, a couple hard lessons but it's been amazing so far! 

Tell us about your fresh store in Stellenbosch?

We partnered up with an established store in Dorp Street called Delicately Different to form the Coffee & Pastry collective. Mari De Kock and her team make incredible food and pastries and we wanted to match that with an equally high standard of coffee. 

What do you think sets your brand apart?

I think it's the combination of 3 pretty different personalities. We've also tried to maintain a really hands on feel, and I know that this will become more difficult to achieve as the business grows but we'll keep giving our best to keep the personal touch. 

What have you learned from International sport that you’ll apply in your day-to-day running of Eighteen? 

That consistency matters - once you create a beautiful cup of coffee for someone, they create an expectation and our job is it consistently meet those expectations, over and over again. 

How did you prepare yourself for a career in coffee… tell us a bit about that transition.  

Honestly, we got into coffee because we really just love coffee and the environment that creates for people to share great time together. 

We've worked very closely with our roaster, Matt Grobler, to create a blend that all three of us love. Since then, it's been all about educating ourselves on the intricacies of coffee. And most recently, the brand is really starting to gain some momentum and the idea of this becoming a real business is quickly becoming a reality. 

So the big question is, what’s your score prediction for Saturday’s final? ;)

Haha, I reckon it'll be a proper smash fest - probably end in quite a low scoring game. Prediction 13-10 to the Boks.

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