You really cannot talk to me until I’ve had my first cup of Joe. I’m likely to bark something mean and nasty at you but you would have been asking for it cos you just don’t approach a coffee-holic first thing in the morning without a a cup of the good stuff to keep things pretty… I know many of you will know what I mean. And you get me right…. of course ya do.
My friends call me a coffee snob. But if that’s what you call someone who is prepared to make an effort to drink the real stuff, not that instant dishwater you keep in the back of the cupboard for emergencies then I will say it loud and proud, I AM A COFFEE SNOB! Sorry for shouting at you. I just wish everyone could appreciate the intense headiness of a well brewed cup. The aroma of freshly ground beans is like a drug, in a good way…. it just transports you to that happy place. I will always go out of my way for a good cuppa so here are some of our fully halaal finds where awesome coffee is the name of the game.
Seattle Coffee Company
One of my favourite coffees is from Seattle Coffee Company. They have perfected their flavour and get it just right every time. At least for me. Find halaal outlets at these branches of Fresh Stops at several Caltex garages. Fresh Stop Doncaster Road, Kenilworth, Fresh Stop V&A Waterfront, Fresh Stop Main Road Kenilworth. Fresh Stop Greenways, Gordons Bay.
One of the trendiest coffee spots to hit Cape Town this year. The chic eatery is known for café style food and elegant pastries. They have their own brand of coffee with a range of strengths and even a rooibos capsule. Ethical sourcing of their coffee make them a real winner for me. Find them in Cavendish Square. More here.
This was an unusual find in the African Mall on Long Street in Cape Town. If your palate is adventurous try a Toubacino in this tiny restaurant that specialises in authentic Senegalese cuisine. The peppery taste is due to the distinctive Guinea Pepper used in their unusual brew. More here.
Myatt Café and Chocolatier
European styled coffee shop and restaurant where vintage meets modern in Parisian style. They serve gourmet light meals and breakfasts and an amazing hot chocolate. Known for their variety of macarons and pinky raising crockery. They also do a high tea and is great for a leisurely brunch. More here.
Turkish Coffee is an acquired taste but I love the way these tiny little bombs go down after a heavy meal. Kind of like a strong espresso with even more kick. The ones from Syriana have an aromatic hint of cardamom that makes these a must do after a meal. More here.
There’s something about coffee and a bookstore and Timbuktu ticks both those boxes. If relaxing in a big leather armchair with today’s newspaper and a good cuppa is for you, then this gem is a good choice. The store specialises in a variety of books on Islamic literature and culture. More here.
Tell us where your favourite places are for coffee and if we’ve missed any we’d love to try them out.