Cape of Good Coffee

Cape Town has almost exclusively “third wave” coffee, which is the barista art as well as the art of micro-roasting. What makes Cape Town different is that all the main roasters also have coffee shops. So each place has its own character, identity, and coffee. The three big ones in Cape Town are Origin Roasters; Deluxe Coffeeworks, and Truth Coffee. The quality is about even, with Origin edging out the other two by a slight margin because of their greater variety of coffee varietals.
Also, at Origin you can do siphon coffee and other methods of extraction. I believe Truth and Deluxe are espresso-based only.
Of the three, we went to Deluxe the most often, because it was very close. However, I lost my photos of Deluxe 😦
My favorite shop of all was Origin. The vibe inside is super.

The thing to order at Origin, Deluxe, and Truth is the “flat white.” If you haven’t had a flat white, it’s basically a double shot with less pulled milk than cappuccino and no foam. So basically a strong latte. It’s one of the best “inventions” of third wave coffee and apparently has origin in New Zealand, where we will be going soon 🙂

Flat white at Origin.
Flat White at Truth
Truth’s head roaster

And what would be third wave coffee without hipsters? Or in Josh’s case, hopsters? Josh was sporting his Movember stash, and was quite the hit with the guys at the coffeeworks. The roaster at Truth even wanted to take his picture.

One Comment Add yours

  1. David Donde says:

    Hey, come try our new Truth HQ. 36 Buitenkant, if you are still in town, and thanks for al the kind words and images of Cape Town coffee


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