Coffee Magazine Awards Winners 2020

Friday, 18 September, 2020

The clock ticks closer to 12 noon. There is a flurry of activity in the Coffee Magazine offices. The tripod is setup with the cellphone ready, scripts are prestik’d in place, the Coffee Magazine Awards poster is hung as a backdrop, the sponsors products are placed strategically in frame.

“5 minutes!” I yell to Mel who’s in the bathroom touching up her makeup. It’s what I imagine a newsroom is like moments before the anchors take their seats and do their final checks as the team scurry around them and the director yells last second instructions. Except there is no team - just our bemused colleagues from the offices across the passage giving us the thumbs up!

Ah, the digital age! The age of Zoom calls instead of meetings, Skype s instead of visits and instagram Live instead of an actual Gala Dinner. We go “live”, we start a little awkwardly, it’s strange to do it this way. We miss the people but we gain enthusiasm as we see more and more @handels joining the broadcast. We soon settle into a groove and it’s great when our sponsors and the winners join the conversation. It feels almost normal again…but we miss the cheering, the applause, the raucous hugs from colleagues and team mates as the winners names are announced.

When it’s all over, Mel and I slump back into our chairs, the exhaustion setting in, but the adrenaline lingering, the emotions flowing. As intense and exciting as the digital broadcast was, we miss you, the people, in real life. We’re so proud of this community and we’re so happy to have pulled it off, but we both agree, digital will never fully be able to replace the real thing. We can’t wait for 2021, bring on the raucous hugs! You can see the broadcasts here on IGTV.

It may have been an usual delivery, but the sentiment remains, we love celebrating the excellence in the South African coffee industry. You are all legends and we and all the humans who drink your products everyday are grateful.

Thank you to the generous sponsors who came on board to support this initiative: Alpro (Danone South Africa), Moreflavour, BWT SA, Red Espresso, FNB.

Dedication to Education WINNER 2020:

Nicodemus Nabakwe, Sevenoaks Trading

This award is handed out to the person or company who has dedicated their time and passion to coffee education above and beyond their job descriptions.

Previous recipients: Lani Snyman, David Bassett

Nicodemus is a wonderful ambassador for this Award. He is always willing to engage in conversation about all things coffee and has taken the time to continually educate himself so that he can be a resource to those around him. As a certified Q-grader and through running many green bean courses , he has been a leader in educating so many people and has made a significant impact on the knowledge base of many coffee professionals in Southern Africa. 

Prize: CMA's trophy, World Aerorpess Champs Recipe Book. 

Nominees 2020:

Imile De Villiers, Ground Up Academy

Pete Howie, Seattle Coffee Company

Lovejoy Chirambasukwa, Craft Coffee

Shaun Aupiais, Red Band Barista Academy

Excellence in Coffee WINNER 2020:

Percy Chikwira, InFood Coffee

This Coffee Professional strives for and achieves excellence in their chosen area of the Coffee Value Stream. They are innovative, are recognized as a leadership figure in their field and are constantly inspiring others around them.

Previous Recipients: Jono Robinson, Cuth Bland

This is a really incredible category with so many leaders of the industry who are doing amazing things to better the way we do coffee. The voting reflected how well each of these individuals are respected. We couldn’t be more happy that Percy receives this honour in 2020, he is certainly an inspiration to those around him and an integral part of the Eastern Cape coffee community. We had the privilege of first meeting him in 2013 when he was a junior barista at InFood Bakery and since then he has grabbed every opportunity available to him to further his education and pursue excellence in coffee. He is now a qualified roaster and part owner of InFood Coffee Society and humbly continues to inspire a love for coffee in all he meets. 

Prize: CMA's trophy, World Aeropress Champs Recipe Book from MoreFlavour. 

Nominees 2020:

Renato Correia, EspressoLab Microroasters

Warren Machanik, Quaffee

Jono Le Feuvre, Rosetta Roastery

Sarah Schach, WM Cahn

Charles Denison, Cultivar Coffee

Abbey Berman, Seattle Coffee Co

Jorge Kimbangla, Origin Coffee Roasting

Best Cafe Design WINNER 2020: 

Legado Coffee, Stellenbosch

The spaces created for coffee add equally to the experience of enjoying that coffee. We are looking for the most beautifully designed spaces in SA

Previous recipients: Big Dog Cafe, Franschhoek, Pauline's CT

Legado Coffee is a well established roastery, but it is only recently that they decided to set up proper roots with this flagship store in Stellenbosch after dipping their toes with a couple of joint ventures and pop-up, this cafe was definitely worth the wait. A beautifully curated space to drink coffee.

Prize: CMA's trophy, World Aerorpess Champs Recipe Book, R2500 BWT voucher towards inline water filtration system.

Nominees 2020:

Holiday Coffee, Port Elizabeth

Against the Grain, Bokaap, CT

The Barn Owl, KZN Midlands

Bean There, 44 Stanley 

Best New Cafe presented by Red Espresso, WINNER 2020:

Bluebird Espresso Bar, Karkloof, KZN

Café’s are meeting places, they are spaces of community, business meetings, collaborations and first dates. We see new Café’s opening every month and the standard is increasing year on year – from better equipment, higher quality beverages, better service, to choice of design and outfitting, to creative seating, flow and ambience. Most of all though the criteria for this was based on the Café that opened in the last 12-24 months that has created something special where before there was nothing.

Previous recipients: Dear Maria (JHB), Holiday Coffee (PE)

A destination coffee space for sure, it is worth the trip into the beautiful hills above Howick, KZN. A re-imagined mushroom farm has been transformed by a talented architect and one of these repurposed tunnels is home to the Bluebird Roastery and Espresso bar. There is limited seating inside, but the whole hillside is set up to accommodate visitors to have their coffee with a view. The stunning location isn’t even the main reason these guys got 50% of the votes, it’s the selection of coffees you can experience on the bar. All painstakingly selected, transparently paid for and brewed with an attention to detail that will astound you.

Prize: CMA's trophy, World Aerorpess Champs Recipe Book, R2500 BWT voucher towards inline water filtration system.

Nominees 2020:

Against the Grain, Bokaap, Cape Town

Gapp Cafe, George

Shoots and Leaves, Umhlanga, Durban

Coffee Box, Pietermaritzburg

Best New Roastery WINNER 2020:

Roast Wolff Coffee

This category seeks to recognize Roasteries that have opened in the recent past and are gaining reputations as up and coming in the South African coffee scene.

Previous recipients: Thirdspace (JHB) Bluebird Coffee Roasters (KZN)

Coffee culture in Somerset West seems to be blooming and Roast Wolff by brothers Albert and Marius Schroeder is a fine example of following your passion with excellence! Roast Wolff have quickly gained a reputation in their community for skilful roasting by creating exciting and delicious flavours. This dynamic duo also placed in the Top 10 of Coffee Magazine’s A Shot in the Dark presented by Genio Roasters, beating over 40 other Roasters to place 7th overall in the competition in 2020. 

Prize: CMA's trophy, World Aerorpess Champs Recipe Book, Brewista Stout spout kettle & digital temp guage, R2500 BWT voucher towards inline water filtration system.

Nominees 2020:

Roast Wolff, Somerset West

Scuro Coffee Craft, Port Elizabeth

Favour & Grace, Vanderbjilpark

Faba Roastery, Bloemfontein

MiRoast, Port Elizabeth

Clay Pigeon Trading, Cape Town

The Township Coffee Award WINNER 2020:

Department of Coffee, Khayelitsha

This new category recognizes individuals and businesses who are making great strides in creating and growing coffee culture within their communities. 

It seems only fitting that the inaugural Township Coffee Award goes to this team who were so ahead of their time and have continued to strive to serve their community as well as introduce visitors to their culture. Wongama Baleni, Vusumzi Mamile and Vuyile Msaku started Department of Coffee way back in 2012 and they’ve made it their business to introduce all who pass through to the joy of coffee.

Prize: CMA's trophy, World Aerorpess Champs Recipe Book, R2500 BWT voucher towards inline water filtration system, set of 10 ceramic cups from Moreflavour, A full day's Business Mentorship from FNB. 

Nominees 2020:

Siki's Koffee Kafe, Khayelitsha

Thumbuni Coffee, Mamelodi

Barista Cup, Cape Town

Mo's Bakery, Mamelodi

Best Alternative Brewing Experience WINNER 2020:

Espresso Lab Microroasters, Cape Town

Aeropress, Chemex, Siphon or V60 pour-over to name a few! These coffee  introduce customers to interesting single origin coffee and beautiful ways to brew.

Previous recipients: EspressoLab Microroasters (Cape Town), Origin Coffee Roasters (Cape Town)

Espresso Lab are no stranger to being the leaders in their field, they were serving AeroPress’ and ‘Spros long before most in South Africa and they continue to do it with a style and attention to detail  that gets them noticed by their peers. They have relationships with all of the producers of the coffees they serve on bar and you can always try something interesting that will change the way you think about brewing coffee.

Prize: CMA's trophy, World Aerorpess Champs Recipe Book, R2500 BWT voucher towards inline water filtration system, Fellow Stagg XF pour over set and a Timemore pourover set from Moreflavour.

Nominees 2020:

Coco Safar, Seapoint, Cape Town

Starbucks Reserve, Rosebank, JHB

Mastertons Coffee & Tea Specialists, Port Elizabeth

Travel Designer - Cape Town

Barista Trainer of the Year WINNER 2020:

Stevo Kühn, Urban Brew Coffee

These nominees are the very best Barista Trainers in the land.   They teach and inspire, they train and they serve. They impart wisdom learned from thousands of hours behind the espresso machine and their subject matter is technique, science, aesthetic and service.

Previous Recipients: Johnson Sehoro, Belinda Flynn

Stevo is one of the most passionate and hardworking people in coffee. And he gets around! You might not be surprised to walk into any specialty coffee shop in SA and find Stevo engaged in some coffee activity. One of the first to get his AST qualifications, which means he can teach the global SCA courses here in SA, a competitive barista and an inspiration to all who cross his coffee path. Stevo, we salute you!   

Prize: CMA's trophy, World Aerorpess Champs Recipe Book. 

Nominees 2020:

Christopher Abrahams, Ciro Beverage Solutions

Winston Thomas, Winston Douglas Coffee

Philisile Ndabe, Ciro Beverage Solutions

Khulekani Mpala, Wiesenhof

Wency Masawi, Tanaka Coffee

Coffee Team of the Year WINNER 2020:

Rosetta Roastery, Cape Town

The Coffee Team of the Year award recognizes that it is people that make a coffee company great – From the Owners who create a happy, respectful and creative ethos, to the staff who live the brand daily.  The successful team is one in which all the people in the space from the lowest to the highest uphold the same values and consistently serve with excellence and are rewarded well for doing so.

Previous Recipient: Bean There Coffee Company (Winner 2018 & 2019)

Jono Le Feuvre said it best in his acceptance speech, “It’s the award that I maybe wanted the most, because it does give recognition to how many moving parts there are behind Rosetta. Shew, it’s quite emotional actually! We believe the key to a winning team is the understanding that dignity is hugely important and I honestly believe that’s what makes our team of 12 work so well. If your team members feel unmotivated or exploited, they’re not going to deliver their best. So for the unit to be successful you have to understand what motivates each individual and you can’t do that without treating them with respect. Every person has dreams and aspirations for their life and we try to listen to what each person needs and by understanding that, we are able to grow together.”

A well deserved win for this wonderful crew from Cape Town, so proud!

Prize: CMA's trophy, 4 x World Aeropess Champs Recipe Books, R2500 BWT voucher towards inline water filtration system,

Nominees 2020:

Sevenoaks Trading, JHB & Cape Town

Vintage Coffee, Pretoria

Coffeeberry Cafe, Pietermaritzburg

Bean There Coffee Company, JHB and Cape Town

InFood, Jeffreys Bay

Lineage Coffee, Hillcrest

Cafe of the Year WINNER 2020 :

Seam Coffee @ Thirdspace

This award goes to the establishment that has consistently created an amazing cafe experience for its patrons, serves great coffee and food, with excellent service, has great ambience, design and most importantly, a loyal community of patrons.

Previous recipients: Truth Coffee, Thirdspace

Prize: CMA's trophy, World Aerorpess Champs Recipe Book, R2500 BWT voucher towards inline water filtration system,

Nominees 2020:

The Barn Owl, KZN Midlands

Brik Cafe, JHB

Coco Safar, Cape Town

Naked, JHB

Afroboer, Pretoria

Origin Coffee Roasting, Cape Town

Roastery of the Year WINNER 2020:

Father Coffee

The nominees in this category are the Roasteries in South Africa that have forged the path for speciality coffee in SA. They continue to push the boundaries of coffee roasting by sourcing the best coffees, investing in the latest technology, by collaborating, sharing and engaging with the global roasting community, by educating, informing and inspiring their customers – both wholesale and retail - and finally, by putting the highest quality coffee into the market that can make South Africa stand amongst the best coffee roasters in the world.

Previous recipient: Rosetta Roastery (2018 & 2019 winner)

“We get bored easily so we’re always looking for the next exciting coffee,” laughs Chad Goddard, dry as ever as he explains their progressive quest to roast new coffees. “We’ve been pushed by our customers to keep the new releases coming and despite all that’s slowed down this year, that has kept us going at pace.” Their daily blind cupping routine ensures that only the best roasts make it to you. They’re really dedicated to their craft and they have fun doing it. Well done to the Father Coffee team, keep bringing the coffee community incredible coffees please! 

Prize: CMA's trophy, World Aeropress Champs Recipe Book, R2500 BWT voucher towards inline water filtration system,

Nominees 2020:

Rock n Roller Coffee Culture

Rosetta Roastery

Brothers Coffee

Bluebird Coffee Roastery

EspressoLab Microroastery

Truth Coffee

Barista of the Year WINNER 2020:

Kgune Dlamini, Lineage Coffee

Barista of the Year is not limited to competitive coffee competitions but is the barista all-rounder. He/she is the barista who epitomizes what it means to understand, to respect and to serve amazing coffee experiences. They are masters of extraction, technique and technical understanding, but most of all they cherish that it’s not just about the coffee served, but in the serving. We have also updated this category so that the nominees are all individuals who work the bar daily, the people who make every day better and basically make our world go round.

Previous Recipients: Winston Thomas, Simnikiwe Mkhize

What to say about Kgune. In short: To know him is to know joy! Kgune is a passionate human and we are just so glad that one of his passions is coffee! Behind the bar you are not only assured an incredible cup of coffee but your day will also improve ten fold because of his smile and attentiveness, he has a way of lifting your spirits higher than any caffeine hit. He is always curious and this has lead him to pursue his coffee education deeply with incredible results in every cup. He combines his passion for performing arts and coffee in his competitive endeavours and he also has an entrepreneurial drive, starting a local veggie delivery service during lockdown. The man is a powerhouse and people are paying attention! Well done, Kgune!

Nominees 2020:

Sharon Muto, Rosetta Roastery

Narsh Mshwewe, Pauline's 

Nombuso Ntisnani, Coffeeberry

Ndumiso Ndumeyane, Fabrica Cafe

Simnikiwe Mkhize, Rosetta Roastery

Ndumiso Qolintaba, Vineyard Hotel

Thank you to our CMA 2020 Sponsors:

Alpro SA

Red Espresso




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Reader's Choice Awards: 2020 Winners!

Wednesday, 16 September, 2020

We had thousands of nominations pour in from across the country for Reader's favourite coffee spaces and people. Thank you for supporting your locals. This aspect of the Awards is to activate your loyal regulars into action and wow, did the nominees on the shortlist do just that!

The winner of our R2500 Coffee Magazine Awards Hamper is Chloe Dafkin! Congrats! And thank you for spreading the love.

 2020 WINNERS:

Reader's Choice  - Best Cafe Award:

Fabrica Coffee (KZN)

Image ©Fabrica

Reader's Choice Favourite Barista Award:

Sibusisu Dlamini - Mira Coffee

Image: ©MIra

Reader's Choice - Favourite Franchise Award:

vida e cafè

Image ©vida e cafe

Well done to the winners! We will be sending your Reader's Choice 2020 winners trophies to you shortly.

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CMA Nominee Focus: Stevo Kuhn

Thursday, 10 September, 2020

Stevo Kuhn is a humble and passionate coffee professional with a gift for education and we are so excited to see where his journey takes him. He was nominated in the Barista Trainer of the Year category. 

How did you find your way into a career in coffee?

I used to brew coffee at home while still being a teacher at the time. After a series of events I decided to quit my job and went to Johannesburg for a weekend. Here I visited a number of cafés and just knew that I needed to be involved in coffee. A small café offered me shares (it sounded way more impressive than what it was) and the rest is history.  This created a space for me to really connect to coffee and what customers want - to this day, I am super thankful for the lessons learnt. 

How have you had to adapt and evolve your consulting business, Urban Brew Coffee? What exciting things do you have lined up?

The restrictions on training and traveling had a heavy effect on business, especially because I built my brand and company primarily on training. I had to adapt my model of training somewhat to move to an online approach as well as a combination of distance- and in-person training.

I also had to look for ways to diversify business, but still maintain the educational back bone that I love. We have recently opened a coffee bar in collaboration with a local café, Jack & Jill Food Co. Here we run the coffee section with various coffees on bar. As a trainer, I’ve had some really great coffee from awesome people and I want to bring this to the Bloemfontein community.

Our bar is based on a multi-roaster system with a new guest specialty coffee always on bar. In this week I also launched an Experience Bar section where people are able to book sessions with some really exceptional coffees served in a educational competition style experience. I am super excited about this and to share some incredible lots with the Bloem crowd.

Why do think the international SCA certification is important in the South African context?

I have seen baristas’ opportunities literally explode because of certification- this is very encouraging. However, if people are just chasing a paper it will show. I feel that certification is most powerful for us in SA when these individuals exhibit true passion, skill & knowledge of their field. The paper is the added cherry on top & shouldn’t become the cake.

With the recent barista wage conversations I also feel that SCA certified baristas with a well rounded approach could become very sought after. If the local industry can / will not appreciate them, the international market will. I really trust that this won’t be the case & hope to see an increase in work ethic from local coffee pro’s, but also an appreciation for employees.

What do you think the SCASA competitions have added to your journey and why would you recommend other baristas/coffee professionals participate?

Since I started I’ve wanted to compete, but the time was never right. Bloem never had competitions and I didn’t have the resources to compete in other regions.

My aim for competition was always to ‘measure’ where I am compared to the national standard. To push myself and to continuously keep learning.

When I started competing, I believe that this was definitely the case. However, I got way more than what I hoped for - competition opened a greater coffee community to me. It has shown me amazing individuals and connected me to them. If you are out there wanting to compete - DO IT! Don’t overthink it and start with what is around you. Connect with others and stay humble.

What is your favourite coffee currently?

I recently had some really great coffees, but will have to say that the Hyper-processed Y-05 Colombian from Father & Liliana Natural Anaerobic Geisha from Bluebird still gives me goosebumps.

Thank you to our CMA 2020 Sponsors:

Alpro SA

Red Espresso




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CMA Nominee Focus: Gapp Cafe, George

Thursday, 10 September, 2020

This dynamic female-led team never fails to impress us with their incredible work ethic and seemingly endless energy in making George a better place and certainly giving the coffee scene another gem. We chatted to Nelonia Wessels about Gapp Cafe, nominated as one of the Best New Cafe's 2020.

All images from their Instagram page, give them a follow!

What inspired the beginning of Gapp Cafe?

After 4 amazing years at Krust Cafe we were approached by the Garden Route Mall to open a restaurant at an old Cappuccinos site.  It was an intimidating prospect to open a non-franchise  in such a large space in the mall. After many sleepless nights and budget drafts we took on one of the most difficult but rewarding challenges of our lives.

What espresso machine set up are you using and why did you choose these service providers?

We bought the first Sanremo Cafe Racer in Africa and have walked a long path with Sanremo SA. We still believe it helped elevate our coffee offering to a next level as the Racer gave us the consistency we were looking for.  We are now the proud owners of 3 Racers as well as the Sanremo SR70 EVO grinders. We do high volumes and invested in a PUQpress to ensure our quality stays perfect even during peak times. We also use the amazing EK43 Mahlkonig grinder at our retail area.

Can you tell us what your favourite part of setting up Gapp was and what it felt like when you opened the doors for the first time?

To open a 160 seat restaurant in an empty shell takes a lot of planning, creativity and hard work.  To create something from nothing is an amazing feeling.  The entire process from an idea, to a sketch on paper and finally a beautifully functional restaurant is a very rewarding experience. Our first day was a combination of nervous excitement as well as a sense of accomplishment after meeting the goals we set for ourselves.

How has this time of COVID-19 affected the way you do business, have you learnt any valuable lessons you can share with us?

We’ve made a conscious decision to try and enjoy the off time with family that was something we rarely experience.  Covid to us, was and still is a huge mental battle. We tried to focus on the positive and looked for opportunities.  We realised we can run both restaurants even more efficiently.  We were even more determined to be hands on and an active part of every aspect of our business.  We expanded our retail and take away section as well.

What are your plans for the future?

Even though the economic climate In South Africa is  very challenging we believe that there will always be opportunities if you’re willing to back yourself, work hard and be open for creative ideas.  We will always be on the lookout for a new adventure.

Thank you to our CMA 2020 Sponsors:

Alpro SA

Red Espresso




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CMA Nominee Focus: Warren Machanik

Thursday, 10 September, 2020

Warren Machanik is a roaster that a lot of other roasters look to for in-depth conversation about coffee and to see what's the latest in coffee experimentation. Always up for a debate and a man true to his principles, he's a valuable part of the coffee community.

Warren (right) pictured with Donovan McLagan of Cabal Coffee at A Shot in the Dark 2018 where they shared 3rd place.

How did Quaffee get started?

Quaffee started from a personal pursuit of fine quality coffee. In 1995 I tasted my first fresh roasted Ethiopian Arabica coffee (pan-roasted by a local Italian mama). The next decade was a quest to find great coffee to enjoy at home, in South Africa. This mission and the belief that there must be a few others out there like me was the seed that became Quaffee. An opportunity presented itself in 2006, so I launched a website and started sourcing good fresh roasted coffee. Quaffee’s target was and stillis the home consumers and small business owners. Initially we roasted under a partnership with a fellow coffee lover. In 2011 that changed with his passing, and we then set up our new roastery at Buitenverwachting in Constantia.

What does Excellence in Coffee mean to you?

For me, excellence in coffee is the pursuit of three things: Quality, Sustainability (from seed to cup) and Humility. By being exposed to better and better quality coffee, our perception of quality changes. At the same time, it is essential to consider how coffee gets to us, how the environment and the people are treated on its way to us. At the same time, you need to be humble and appreciate the 1000s of hands connected through each cup of coffee. Humble enough to consider that your opinion is one of billions.

One of the things that we have always loved about Quaffee is the way you empower your team, has this been an intentional decision on your part or is it just natural as part of your business ethos?

It is indeed intentional (and a lesson from the past). Any company is only as strong as the team within the company. The personality of the company is the product of the people within it. Every member is involved in decisions around the business and the coffee and products we offer. The ethos is inclusive and we are always looking local for everything we can. Right livelihood is an ethos I strive to live by.

What has been the highlight of your coffee journey so far?

There have been many. From visiting the origins we source from, meeting the producers there, to coffees that make you fall in love with flavours of coffee again to the wonderful supportive clients (we call them fellow coffee lovers) that have come with us on the journey. But even considering all these, the highlight has been seeing how given opportunity people within the Quaffee team and those we work with have shone. Every time I reflect on our journey to now, that has is a consistent highlight.

This frog is the mascot of Quaffee and has been all over the world with Warren. Find out why here!

What is exciting you in the world of coffee at the moment? You always seem to be on the cutting edge of new ideas!

The world of coffee is an exciting place to be (and one that rewards daily). Besides the great coffee, we taste all the time, and new processes appearing almost monthly. New initiatives linked to transparency and giving more back to the producers are slowly taking root. It is also inspiring to see people driven by coffee to uplift themselves and their community. The slow and steady growth of specialty in South Africa makes one proud to be part of a culture that never sits still, and always wants something a little better.

Thank you to our CMA 2020 Sponsors:

Alpro SA

Red Espresso




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CMA Winner Announcements 2020: Schedule of Events

Tuesday, 8 September, 2020

We are thrilled to be able to publish the dates, times and the format for this years highly anticipated Coffee Magazine Awards 2020 - in association with Alpro,  BWT,  Red Espresso,  Moreflavour and  FNB!

See all the Nominees here.

Usually we celebrate these awards at Creative Coffee Week's Gala Dinner, but with COVID-19 not allowing this to happen in 2020, we have gone online and will be hosting the CMA's in a virtual series of broadcasts. 

The platform we have chosen is Instagram "live" a video format that allows people to tune into our broadcast and watch the announcements live! We will also be giving away some spot prizes to the audience, so make sure you tune in and follow the prompts to win! 

1. Make sure you have an Instagram account.
2. Follow @thecoffeemag 
3. When we “go live” at 12pm, there will be a little circle on the top of your screen where the “Stories” are 
4. Tap the circle that has @thecoffeemag “live” on it
5. You will then start watching the live broadcast  
6. Comment on the proceedings to support your favourite nominee!
7. Instagram "live' is strictly 1 hour per broadcast, so check the schedule below.

(Check out all of the 2020 nominees at this link!)


Time Category
Tues 15 Sept 12pm Go Live - intro and welcome
12.05pm Sponsor: BWT + spot prize for viewers
12.15pm Dedication to Education
12.20pm Excellence in Coffee
12.25pm Sponsor: Red Espresso + spot prize for viewers
12.35pm Best Cafe Design
12.45pm Best New Cafe  - presented by Red Espresso
12.55pm  Closing remarks
Wed 16 Sept 12pm Go Live - intro and welcome
12.05pm Sponsor: Moreflavour + spot prize for viewers
12.15pm Best New Roastery
12.20pm Best Alternative Brewing Experience
12.25pm Sponsor: FNB + spot prize for viewers
12.35pm Barista Trainer of the Year
12.45pm Township Coffee Award - presented by FNB
12.55pm  Closing remarks
Thurs 17 Sept 12pm Go Live - intro and welcome
12.05pm Sponsor: Alpro + spot prize for viewers
12.15pm Coffee Team of the Year
12.20pm Cafe of the Year
12.25pm Sponsor: Alpro + spot prize for viewers
12.35pm Roastery of the Year
12.45pm Barista of the Year
12.55pm  Closing Remarks
Fri 18th Sept  All winners published on
Linked to coffee magazine weekly email newsletter 
Readers Choice: Favourite Cafe for 2020 (Independent):
Readers choice award: Favourite Barista 2020
Readers choice award: Favourite Coffee Franchise:

Thank you to our CMA 2020 Sponsors:

Alpro SA

Red Espresso




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CMA Nominee Focus: Jorge Kimbangla

Thursday, 10 September, 2020

Jorge is a legend and one of the longest standing team members of Origin Coffee Roasting in Cape Town. Everything he does is approached with quiet dedication and respect and his peers have noticed with this nomination for Excellence in Coffee.

How did you get started in coffee and specifically how did you come to be part of Team Origin?

Well my passion for coffee started with my Grandfather who through the civil war refused to leave his small coffee plantation thanks to his resilience I had a chance to visit and participate in the harvest.  Fast forward to 1999/2000 I came to know Joel Singer (Mr Origin himself) in the local convenience store. I wanted to make a life here and he want to create something we both craved, a space culture an ambience that could provide and celebrate people of many facets.

How has you seen your role develop through the time you have dedicated to this company?

Funny enough I never planned when Joel gave a call to ask if i could join this venture, i was not in cape town, so i came back to cape town six month later to join the team without any experience, So I learned from scratch became a barista then floor manager, then after sales assistant, training, roasting, I grew as the business developed. My willingness to be part of it accepting the challenges and then enjoying the diversity of those around,  today head or senior roaster( but forever a student of other) and Coffee Excellence,  well in one side is the self commitment to do justice to the Craft and dedication of those before us, to be open to explore, and participate in the growth and innovation of the culture, excellence in the longevity of our industry,  for me is pride.  I guess that's what my grandfather would have felt.

What I love the most: I am never the master, Coffee is. Everything we do know despite all the knowledge we acquire all depends on the product in our hands. Great farmers roasters and Baristas

Be passionate, be open to know there is always someone that knows better,  and you don't have to follow anyone else's path, love coffee for what you love in coffee, it may be image cafes, brewing stories,  it's not all about espresso machines and roasters. We all bring something to the game.

Thank you to our CMA 2020 Sponsors:

Alpro SA

Red Espresso




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CMA Nominee Focus: Shaun Aupiais

Friday, 4 September, 2020

Shaun is one of the most enthusiastic humans in coffee and always gives his all.  This is the third time he has been nominated in this category by a group of his peers. He always has a part in numerous different projects at the same time, so catching up with him is always a treat!

Shaun! Your endeavours in the coffee industry are far reaching and multi-layered, we’re always so impressed how you can fit it all in, we're guessing with the help of a lot of coffee and a lot of passion. Tell us about your day to day and what your latest projects are.

So Firstly, Yes, lots and lots of coffee gets me through each day. So day to day is really interesting for me, let's just say this, I pretty much cover the entire 'Bean to cup' process. The last few months have been challenging but for me there has been 4 highlights.

The 'Coffee4heroes' project, serving doctors and hospital workers coffees around Port Elizabeth and in Cape Town.

The 'A Shot in the Dark' 2020 competition was amazing. So many great stories, great conversations and it reminds me of how amazingly coffee connects people.

The launch of the 'Clever Covid Coffee Cupping' at Truth Coffee in Cape Town.

Lastly, the launch of Red Band Barista Academy in Cape Town. We have partnered with GangStar that do Prisoner rehabilitation programs and they are now officially our Red Band Barista Academy in Cape Town. I got to train 4 trainers from Cape Town recently. 

Your Dedication to Education is always visible and you give your all, what do you love most about teaching people about coffee? 

Coffee is so much more than a beverage, it's life changing liquid Gold! For me, each step in coffee is so much more than the bean, it's the way this bean brings so many people together. Coffee restores hope! 

How can people help Red Band Barista Academy during this time? 

Through our platform. This helps us to continue to bless hospital workers, pay our baristas within our Red Band Barista Academy cafe's and provide education for the next generation. 

The coffee community in the Eastern Cape is always blossoming and is a tight knit group, what are some of your recommendations for people to try out in your neighbourhood?

My 5 favourites: Holiday Coffee, Urban Espress, Vovo Telo, MiCoffee, Seattle 

What do you think is the most important skill for an educator, whether it be about barista training or green beans, could you pinpoint why your methods are successful.

Wow Mel, this is a deep one! Respect and Integrity. Treating and Teaching people with both in mind in all aspects of these relationships. Respect for everyone along the coffee journey and Integrity in all we do and deal with along our coffee journey. 

Thank you to our CMA 2020 Sponsors:

Alpro SA

Red Espresso




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