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Hot men at House of Machines!

House of Machines is really attractive from the outside. It just looks appealing with its pub-style shopfront, its motorbike in the doorway and its chairs and tables outside for people taking a breath of the Cape Town morning...

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4 splendid streets for coffee in CT

What do you collect? Here at We Do Coffee we collect coffee shops, and every now and then we need to organise our ever-growing collection. The truth is that pretty much wherever you go in central...

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Happiness is … Molten Toffee

Coffee Girl told me to gear up because she had invited our friend Red Bull Girl to join this week’s discovery. I knew what she meant. There are some people you can describe as...

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A girl called Nandi, Tribe Coffee

Man makes coffee! Oh yes indeed, Coffee Girl and I enjoy meeting all the men we come across while trawling Cape Town’s coffee shops. We like quite a few men. And we even love...

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We did coffee in Lisbon – obrigada, Fabrica

Doesn’t this sound terrible? Fairytale castles, steep hills, cobbled alleys, lemon trees and colourful tiles on crumbling buildings. Custard tarts made by angels in heaven. Delicious wine. Soulful fado. The friendliest people outside of...

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The circle of life at My Sugar, Sea Point

Our story begins four years ago on a crisp autumn afternoon in Paris. Specifically in Saint Germain des Prés, more specifically in Rue Bonaparte. Let the fallen leaves form an arrow pointing us towards the...

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A blast at Hammer and Tong 412, Melbourne

And now for something a little bit different – a guest post! When you can’t get away to pastures new, the next best thing is to read about it. Hello, offbeat Melbourne. Your true Ozzie-ness  comes alive...

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Love the attitude at Latitude 33

You know why Latitude 33 is seriously cool? Because it’s not trying to be. Posers, don’t bother. Just come in and be yourselves. I was wearing my sweater inside out (thanks for saying, Coffee Girl)....

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It all began with Origin

In the beginning For eons, the tip of Africa dwelt in darkness. Then, one day – POOF! there was light. Not from Eskom. The source of the beam was Origin, the first artisan coffee micro-roastery...

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On the road at El Camino

Translated from Spanish, El Camino means the path or the road. It also means the journey. My son, Noisy Boy, loves the Gypsy Kings, who famously sang ‘El Camino’. That’s why I noticed the...

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Girl Power at Shala Cafe

The Shala Cafe in Wandel Street, Gardens, showed Coffee Girl and me that we have but licked the froth of Cape Town’s cappuccino. Up to now, there seemed to be far more men than women in the...

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A record time at Hard Pressed Cafe

Why do people say Capetonians don’t work? Early one morning we found Hard Pressed Cafe full of tailored outfits having meetings over coffee. Were they working or schmoozing? you ask. Are the two mutually...

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A bite of the big apple

Dear readers, we know this is a blog about coffee in Cape Town but come on – the girl went to NYC for heaven’s sake! We couldn’t let a New York coffee moment go by unsung. So today...

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Down the rabbit hole at Haas

A few years ago everywhere around Buitenkant Street was truly, madly, deeply not so nice.  I am well qualified to give this assessment as I worked here and there was nowhere to get a...

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The Land of Bread, Milk and Honey

If you want a sort of London feel, go down to Church Square. It’s much smaller than a London square, but it has its statue in the middle and its large surrounding buildings. One...

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The goodness of Grace

Who remembers the red sign near the top of Strand Street saying Allie’s? Not Coffee Girl, since she grew up in Joburg and is still a Capetonian in training. But for most of my...