My mom loves her spices and her coffee and since I can remember, she put cardamon in her coffee. Try it. Grind one cardamon pod with your coffee and make your coffee as usual. Enjoy!
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I found this on ilovecoffee and thought I had to share with you:
“The caffè pagato (Paid Coffee) is a beautiful custom deeply steeped in Neapolitan history whereby a customer orders a coffee and pays for two: one for him or herself and the other for a stranger – most often less fortunate. The barista takes note of the caffè pagato and awaits John Doe’s arrival. Old Johnny simply has to ask if there are any caffè pagati going around and if so the barista whips him up a cuppa and gets to make Johnny’s day. Isn’t that nice?”
“Random / goofy idea I had when I was supposed to be doing client work. This was quite easy to make. Cut the coffee sleeve in half and tape it to back of cup. Cut a section from the back of the cup to make the hands. Tape it all together and draw a creepy face. Place it on a table in your local coffee shop and see how people react.” says Laser Bread.
Espresso Solo is a conceptual project made from a concrete case and metal working parts.
“My ‘espresso solo’ project is a conceptual project. Called Espresso Solo, the conceptual product features metal working parts and a concrete case. The espresso machine makes only espresso: short and long. The design process begun in choosing the material: I choose concrete. I had a vision: concrete in the kitchen, not only as a wall or decorative part, I wanted it to be a desirable consumer product. The contrast between the roughness, massiveness and hardness of the concrete and the fine metal parts, which are dealing with the coffee preparation process, was very challenging and interesting for me. ”
The coffee man’s fumes invite the people
Anthony of Anthony’s Golden Cup Coffee Shop knows all things coffee
When you find Anthony’s Golden Cup Coffee Shop in Loop Street in Cape Town and spend some time there, you will surely use this as an insider tip for your friends and everyone that asks you about unique spots in Cape Town. “The coffee connoisseurs buy here.” says owner Anthony Swartz. “This is not a fancy coffee shop. We are like an old store house that likes to serve good coffee, that’s all.” If you have coffee-questions, Anthony is the right man to ask. He will tell you all about the different shapes of beans as well as different roasts.
From 1955 on, Anthony Swartz worked for 40 years for the biggest coffee company in Cape Town, ‘The red tea pot’. At the age of 55 in 1995, Anthony opened his own coffee shop on Long Street where he roasted coffee on-site and made lot’s of contacts with coffee lovers. “The fumes invited the people” Anthony says. To be honest, through the fumes I found his coffee shop on Loop Street which he opened in 2005 due to renovations at the Long Street building his first coffee shop was.
“Do you want a good cappuccino?” Anthony asks me. “Sure” I say and Colleen brings me a nice cup of cappuccino with a lot’s of milk foam and a milk foam peak. Beautiful. I enjoy the special atmosphere plus chatting to the coffee man. These days he roasts 200kg of coffee twice a week for restaurants, hotels, guest houses and individual coffee connoisseurs. Ask Anthony about the crackling of the beans while he roasts. In his shop, you get freshly roasted beans from South America and Africa, raw beans, coffee blends, flavoured coffees, coffee machines, muffins, rusks and, of course, a fresh cup of coffee.
Keeping it simple
“We are about the simple way of coffee making. It’s not about a fancy coffee machine, it’s about good and fresh coffee. Spend time with your coffee, grind the beans yourself.” says Anthony. Born in 1939 in Stellenbosch, Anthony is a wise, old man but young at heart. “Why coffee?” I ask him. He tells me that as a young man he worked as a lift-operator for a compartment store. “There I got in touch with coffee. We called the coffee shop a ‘bird cage’ because people were like birds in the morning. I like being with people so I decided that one day I want my own ‘bird cage’.” So, Anthony looked for a coffee job and told ‘The red tea pot’ coffee company to let him know when a job is available. “I followed the fumes and they kept me there for 40 years.” says Anthony. Now, after 56 years in the coffee business, Anthony dreams of having a coffee museum to show off his ancient coffee makers.
Anthony’s Golden Cup Coffee Shop is a special place. It’s very personal with Anthony being here at least six hours every day. “People walk out of my shop and congratulate me on my coffee.” concludes Anthony. Come, visit!
By Antonia Heil
Anthony’s Golden Cup Coffee Shop
55 Loop Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 426 1268
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 6.45am – 5pm, Saturday 8am -1pm
written for www.capetownmagazine.com
For you, bru!
Brew Mobile Coffee at the V&A Waterfront
When an idea comes to life, it’s good. When an idea becomes reality, it is even better. Lara Morrison and Sandi Bellairs had the idea for a mobile coffeeshop. A coffeeshop that can be put anywhere: for fairs, events, you name it. But you have to start it somewhere. Opened in December 2010, Brew Mobile Coffee is the new coffee-to-go-station at the V&A Waterfront, at the groundfloor of the Clock Tower to be exact.
Lara Morrison is the business-side of Brew, Sandi is the foodie. Every morning you find her here and you can have a chat with the owner. Sandi is a qualified chef and has worked over 10 years in restaurants and in the catering business. The Brew-team is small and already like a family. Barista Webster is good at flirting, he’s doing the right job.
“The guys from Deluxe Coffeeworks advised us and helped us to set things up. We love their coffee. They’re coffee-scientists.” says Sandi. “We wanted to be slightly South African. South Africans call each other ‘bru’. We like it and played with it, calling our little coffeeshop ‘brew’. Coffee is brew.” Bru and brew go hand in hand. “When we answer the phone, we say ‘Hi Brew’.
Besides delicious coffee you also get little snacks like designer cupcakes from Denise’s Delights in Sea Point: bar one cupcake, lemon meringue cupcake, cheescake (all R16), muffins and for the savoury brus, every day fresh gourmet rolls with a vegetarian or meat filling (roast beef with caramalized onions, chicken mayo etc.) for R18 – R24.
Coffeeprices are priced average for Cape Town, you get an espresso for R10, a cappuccino for R15. The offices around the Clock Tower support the Brew Mobile coffeeshop since Capetonians appreciate a good quality cuppa coffee. Robben Island daytrippers also come around and get their brew in biodegradable cups made out of cornstarch.
A good idea that became reality, I say. But remember, the idea is: brew mobile coffee shops can be put anywhere. This one is the flagship, but only the beginning!
by Antonia Heil
Brew Ground Floor Clock Tower V&A Waterfront | 073 929 6894
Opening hours: daily from 7am to 8pm
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