The South African coffee scene is so exciting. We have so many fabulous coffee spots and shops to choose from with owners and baristas putting their all into making a perfectly delicious cup of coffee for their customers to savour. What also gives me joy is seeing the owners of coffee shops using locally roasted coffee. That is the way I discovered Salt Rock Coffee Company, by seeing a local roaster (BlueBird Coffee Roastery) post on social media about delivering their coffee beans to the shop.
The only downside is that Ballito is not that close to me (it can take up to 45 minutes to get to Ballito from Kloof). I also didn’t want to drive out to Ballito by myself. Not that I don’t enjoy going to a coffee shop by myself – I love ordering a coffee and watching people come and go. Fortunately on Sunday 14 July I convinced my husband that we needed to take a drive out to Ballito to visit Salt Rock Coffee Company – well it was a choice for me of doing ironing or going out for coffee. Tough choice!
It was a very pleasant drive with glorious KZN weather and that lovely warm winter sun. So glad that Neil was driving as I think I would have got lost. Salt Rock Coffee is not a huge coffee shop but it has seating inside and a counter with stools outside. They have merchandise for sale like t-shirts, hoodies, caps and coffee beans. But the all important question was : how was the coffee?
I ordered us cappuccino’s and checked to see what coffee was being used. Karl the owner of Salt Rock Coffee said that he was using coffee from BlueBird Coffee Roastery that day. We chose to sit inside at the table by the door and slowly sipped our cappuccino’s that were perfectly prepared and at the correct drinking temperature. The coffee was divine! It was lovely to sit, relax, chat and watch people as they came to order their favourite coffee or to order food. Many sounded like regulars and knew exactly what they wanted to order. My husband Neil says that a coffee shop needs to have that something that makes the coffee shop a regular stop – great coffee, interesting people or area, a relaxing ambience and that something something (that he just can’t describe). Salt Rock Coffee Company ticked all those boxes for us and we will definitely be back when we are in Ballito again. We did not walk out the coffee shop empty handed as I bought BlueBird, Salt Rock Coffee and Routed Roasters coffee beans.
So if you find yourself in Ballito make sure you pop in for some great coffee at Salt Rock Coffee Company.
You will find them at : The Salt Rock Centre, 61 Basil Hulett Drive, Salt Rock
If you are looking for coffee for an event, speak to them about their mobile unit. They also sell coffee beans and coffee accessories on their website.