One sugar or none, we've got a cup of gourmet coffee for you in the CBD and surrounds
Double or nothing, coffee is social and economic currency the world over whether you're working or playing. Of course, if you're reading this, you're probably doing both; and if you're in Cape Town, you definitely want quality.
Scan our Top Ten list of the best coffee spots in Cape Town for a roast that'll never be served with peas.
1 - Deluxe Coffeeworks
Hot dang. Unashamedly popular for all the right reasons, Deluxe Coffeeworks sits in the centre of the city, just near Greenmarket square, and draws the who's who of busy bees to its fragrant space. Good music, great hosts, really great coffee. On top of it, you'll look good in their window on the world. Or on the bench outside. Deluxe coffee is served in lots of cool places including Field Office, Superette, Yourstruly, Brew Mobile and The Cookshop.
25 Church Street | City Bowl | Cape Town | +27 (0)72 903 0319
2 - Truth.
We tell no lies when we say that gourmet coffee is a cult in Cape Town. Truth takes this to heart, irreverently giving its blessed blends names like Vengeance, Resurrection and Donde's Chaos. Their decaf is dubbed Antithesis, reflecting the owner's deference to market supply and demand. Free Wi-Fi for 3 hours, tasty girl-size wraps and a good place to network professionally.
Prestwich Memorial | 1 Somerset Road | Green Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 419 2945
3 - Origin Coffee Roasting
The godfather of gourmet coffee in the mother city, Origin was here as an inner-city first, has a wide variety of beans from this continent and abroad, and roasts them with geek insight on site. It’s cool interiors include an upstairs and a downstairs, a rustic/classic look popular with people with laptops and even taste in exotic tea (the coffee roaster has its own built-in teahouse replete with decorative orchids). Sit down, test, and take away (coffee and beans).
28 Hudson Street | De Waterkant | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 421 1000
4 - Espressolab Microroasters
Walk into the lab at The Old Biscuit Mill and the doctor will probably prescribe a hot shot of caffeine for your troubles. Esspressolab uses Nordic roasting principles for a softer palate, experimenting with methods that result in glass cups for our Americanos (slower sipping means a naturally sweeter taste) and a certitude about the quality of your crema.
373-375 Albert Road | Woodstock | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 447 0845
5 - Giovanni's Deliworld
For an authentic Italian energy, visit Green Point on a sunny day. You'll be rubbing elbows with friendly locals who enjoy tasty food, gourmet coffee and great vibes. Just go easy on the espressos, they're potent.
103 Main Road | Green Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 434 6893
6 - Knead
Looking out over the wide open blue of the Indian Ocean in Muizenberg, Knead knows how to serve coffee, whether the surf's up or the rain is coming down. They do it so well; they have a branch in Wembley Square, Gardens and Dean Street, Newlands. You're guaranteed a coffee made with as much love as their breads and freshly made meals are, no matter where you are.
Surfer's Corner, Beach Road | Muizenberg | +27 (0)21 788 2909
7 - The Cookshop
Simple is dutiful at Cookshop. Specialising in trend setting dishes, they feed you finely, and they also serve fine coffee. A good afternoon chill-out, whether you're working or shirking, the other plus is that while it's conveniently positioned in the city, it's tucked off the beaten track, which gives you time to savour their barista's way with beans.
117 Hatfield Street | Gardens | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 461 7868
8 - Peacock
With 30 years experience in caffeine highs, Peacock is the place to sip some Arabica proudly. Conveniently, they have extended the tradition to branches in Noordhoek, Pinelands, Tableview and Rondebosch. Being that the newest shop is in a great big mall, Peacock has also thoughtfully provided coffee and tea accessories for you to purchase.
Shop 123 LL Canal Walk | Century City, Milnerton
9 - Vida E Caffé
Much loved for its locality and its social buzz, Vida E is a branding success well frequented by foreigners and locals alike. Easily recognisable in red and white, its stores boast cheerful baristas, quick meals, and Obrigado, one of the best print magazines about Cape Town lifestyle. Sip, flip and take don't forget to tip...
34 Kloof Street | Gardens | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 426 0627
10 - Porter Estate Produce Market
Oh my, my. If you woke up on the wrong side of the bed, take a trip to this Saturday market in Constantia, and slug back a big, strong farm-style coffee in an enamel coated steel cup. Add condensed milk to sweeten the sting, and Piet's your uncle - no more grumps or groans. It's aptly titled 'moerkoffie' and if you survive its sting, you won't need a translation.
Crysalis Academy | Tokai Manor | Tokai Road | Tokai | +27 (0)82 334 5434
Written and contributed by CapeTownMagazine