At the beginning of March I did my annual trip up to Jhb to spend a week with my sister and to attend Hobby-X at the TicketPro Dome. It is always a very, very, very busy week and we try to pack in as much as possible every day. Of course on our must do list is coffee! Specifically trying out coffee shops that we (or me) have never been to before. Here are the coffee shops we enjoyed visiting and maybe you will find one or two you have never visited before.
Northlands Corner Shopping Centre, Cnr Of Witkoppen & New Market Rd
I love the layout of this coffee shop with its high ceiling and lots of light. The service was excellent and all the staff were friendly and welcoming. The coffee is roasted on site and I enjoyed my cappuccino while people watching. They not only roast coffee for their coffee shop but also for others and they train baristas. I did not buy any of their coffee beans as my sister had already sent a bag to me not long before my Jhb trip.
2 Valley View Shopping, Campbell Road, Fourways
If you are looking for a co-working space in Jhb – this is it!! Lots of space to set up your laptop and all the tables have plug points. They even have a separate glass walled small conference room. They roast their coffee on site and also for others and they train baristas. Their baristas are very knowledgeable and Fanie Botes (the_slightly_emo_barista on Instagram) made me an excellent cappuccino, latte and pour over – yes 3 coffees. I bought two bags of coffee to take home with me.
Lobby of the Sandton Tower, Sandton City, 5th street, Sandton
It had been a busy day with lots of coffee when I visited Sandton City and came across Motherland. I had not planned on having any more coffee and was just going to buy a bag or two to take home but the barista convinced me to have a cappuccino. I’m very glad that he did convince me as the cappuccino was very good. The wooden arch structure over Motherland is amazing and it’s a lovely open space. Yes I did buy coffee beans to take home.
Sasol, Viljoen Road, Ruimsig
BRU is my sister’s go to coffee place before fetching her son from school as she knows that she will get a good cup of coffee quickly and very reasonably priced food from the Sasol shop. We stopped at BRU on the way to my nephew’s hockey trials at a local school and bought takeaway cappuccinos and delicious ham and cheese croissants. I did not buy a bag of coffee beans as Carryn had already sent me a bag.
75 4th Avenue, Melville
What a little gem of a coffee shop that my sister and I found when we went to visit 27 Boxes in Melville. We had only planned to visit 2 charity shops and 27 Boxes, but had not looked to see if there was any coffee shops. The plan was just to have a cappuccino until we saw the Milk Tart Cheesecake. It was divine! We also enjoyed their delicious crumbly Greek biscuits. The next time I visit I will have a meal as the dishes coming out of the kitchen looked and smelled amazing. Tilt Coffee beans are roasted especially for them by Craft Coffee and I bought a bag to bring home.
Shop B3 Olivenhout avenue, Northview Shopping Centre, Northwold
I have been to Sihle’s Brew many times and I always stop here before going to Lanseria to fly home. I also always buy at least 2 bags of coffee beans to take home. The cappuccino was delicious as always.
℅ Hendrik Verwoerd Drive & Jakaranda Street
I love the names that Heavenly Coffees have given their coffees : Angel’s Brew, Dark Angel’s Brew, St. Peter of Colombia, St. Abuna of Ethiopia, St. Charles of Uganda and St. Jose of Brazil are just a few of them. They have recently moved premises so the pictures below are from the previous coffee shop and roastery. As you can see they roast their own coffee and the cappuccino I drank was delicious. A wonderful cappuccino to kickstart a busy day. I bought 4 bags of coffee beans to take home to Durban.
Corner of Heuwels and Hendrik Verwoerd, Centurion
What a fabulous space! A very large area with lots of tables and a very comfortable leather couch. The space has steampunk industrial decor and an extremely efficient air-conditioner which was a great relief from the hot day. Since it was such a hot day I needed a cool and refreshing coffee drink and the winner was The Viking. Milk sweetened with condensed milk and a shot of espresso slowly poured over the back of a spoon. Divine! I also enjoyed a very refreshing cold brew which also had the sweetened milk. I wish we could have spent more time at Industrial Coffee Works but we needed to catch the Gautrain to Sandton. Two bags of their coffee beans came home with me.
Looking forward to my next trip up country and we have already started a new list of coffee shops to visit. Everyone has their favourite coffee shop but why don’t you try somewhere new. Here’s to delicious #lovecoffee