As any coffee aficionado knows, all coffees were not created equal. It is therefore no small joy to know that the Garden Route boasts coffee roasteries, catering to every taste and flavour.
Over the last decade, the iconic Baruch’s Coffee Roastery and Coffee Shop has become a household name, not only in Mossel Bay but across the entire South Africa. Baruch opened the coffee shop with a dream to have a coffee roastery where people can learn, and fall in love with, this highly prised seed from the coffee plant.
A passionate collector of antique and vintage pieces, Baruch has created a space where people feel at home or, as Baruch so aptly puts it: “People sit here and have memories.” The smell of freshly roasted coffee, combined with the Israeli cuisine, will make you come back again and again.
All the coffees they use are 100% Arabica and sourced from single origin. They can be purchased in ready packs or blended to order. As the local coffee giant, their coffees are available either in the shop or can be ordered online.
Baruch’s Coffee Roastery and Coffee Shop is situated at No. 4 KKT Building, Gericke Street, Voorbaai and is open from 08:00 to 17:00, Monday to Friday.
You can contact them on: 044 695 2078
Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/baruchsroastery/
Or visit their website at http://www.baruchscoffee.co.za/
Also in Mossel Bay is the equally well known The Blue Shed Coffee Roastery. The Blue Shed prides themselves on being a micro coffee roaster as they believe that: “Smaller is better and better is good.”
A magnificent blue corrugated shed serves as a local beacon while the décor in the roastery, coffee shop and ‘tuisnywerheid’ reflects the nostalgic ideology of semi-retired manager, Carlos Bettini. All their coffees are sourced from single origins and can be bought directly from the roastery.
The Blue Shed Coffee Roastery is situated at 33 Bland Street, Mossel Bay and is open from 06:30 to 20:00, Monday to Sunday.
You can contact them on 044 691 0037
Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/theblueshedharbourroaster/
Or visit their website at http://www.blueshedroasters.co.za/
Tucked into a picturesque valley behind Groot Brak River, at The Pink Haus, is newcomers Brothers Coffee. While Ben was working in Uganda he, with a lack of something better, started to bring back coffee for friends and family – so started Brothers Coffee. Jaco is running the Johannesburg outlet while Ben decided to move down to the Garden Route and opened the local roastery at the end of 2015.
Currently they are only roasting coffee from Uganda but will be expanding their range soon. Their coffee can be purchased from the roastery.
You can contact them on 078 940 8301
Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/brotherscoffeesa/
Or visit their website at http://www.brotherscoffee.co.za/
With several shops and espresso bars scattered throughout the country, the local Beans About Coffee roastery has become a meeting place for coffee lovers from all walks of life.
Their coffees can be purchased at any of their shops, including the recently opened shop at Hartenbos Spar, but for the real ’bean to cup’ experience you have to visit the roastery at No.1 Van Kervel Huis, 117 York Street, George.
They are open from 07:00 to 16:00 Monday to Friday and 08:00 to 13:00 on a Saturday.
You can contact them on 044 813 5012
Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Beansaboutcoffee-Garden-Route-350093805077208/
Or visit their website at http://www.beansaboutcoffee.co.za/
Root Coffee Roaster is another micro roastery, situated at Shop 11, St. George’s Square, Knysna Road, George. Run by husband and wife tea, Andre and Tanya Prins, this is a stop you don’t want to miss when in the area.
There is limited seating available but their shop has a distinct ‘coffee on the go’ feel about it. Being a micro roastery they, from time to time, have amazing limited edition coffees available. You can buy coffee directly from them or through Farm Fresh Direct.
They are open from 07:15 to 16:30 Monday to Thursday, 07:15 to 15:30 on a Fri and 09:00 to 13:00 on a Saturday.
You can contact them on 083 661 1908 or 083 634 0448
Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/rootcof/
Or visit their website at http://www.rootcoffee.co.za/
Rubia Coffee is available at Kiosk 2, Garden Route Mall, and is currently in the process of moving their roastery. The kiosk is open during the mall’s normal trading hours.
Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RubiaSpecialityCoffee/
In December 2015 the cousin to The Blue Shed Coffee Roastery, The Green Shed Coffee Roastery, opened their doors in Leila’s Lane in Wilderness. Surrounded by gorgeous trees, owner Mia Struwig has managed to create a space where you definitely want to linger.
Their range of coffees echoes those available from the Blue Shed and can be purchased from the roastery.
You can contact them on 082 340 5052
Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/greenshedwilderness/
Or visit their website at http://www.greenshed.co.za/
What else would you expect to find in Sedgefield other than the aptly named Slow Roasted Coffee situated at the Mosaic Village in Paul Kruger Street (next to Engen).
They are open 07:30 to 16:00 Monday to Friday and 08:00 to 14:00 on a Saturday.
You can contact them on 072 227 6365
Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/slowroastedcoffee/
Or visit their website at http://www.slowroastedcoffee.co.za/
On Saturdays, at the Wild Oats Community Farmers’ Market, you will also find Rouvière’s Coffee Roastery. Owned by husband and wife team, Möller and Lizé de la Rouvière, this coffee roaster can easily compete with the best. Known for their 100% Arabica beans, sourced from single origins they are especially well known for the unique coffee beans they import from Mysore in India. The Mysore beans forms the basis of all their blends but is also a speciality coffee that won’t let you down on its own.
Being a perfectionist, Möller relished the challenge of producing the kind of coffee he expects from coffee shops. Ten years down the line, he is pretty happy that he has succeeded in creating the perfect cup of coffee. His wife, Lizé, flies the flag high for female roasters – a commodity the world has too little of – and the perfection in every cup is due to this lady.
You can buy their range of coffees, including ‘Nespresso style’ capsules at the market or at Metelerkamps in Knysna.
You can contact them on 082 768 5685
Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/rouvieres.coffee/
Tucked away in a small shopping centre in Plettenberg Bay, is part of the last remnants of the once thriving San Francisco Coffee Roastery franchise. The roastery, owned by Cyril van der Walt, is located at 5 Noble Street in Knysna where he roasts beans in a vintage roaster.
While Cyril does all his roasting in Knysna, he offers coffee tastings or cuppings at his shop at 7 Formos Place in Main Street, Plettenberg bay. Here you can buy any of the San Francisco blends, including the house blend (Mi Casa), his range of flavoured coffees, as well as ‘Nespresso style’ capsules.
You can contact them on 044 573 3298
Or e-mail them at email@example.com
Bocca Dolce Coffee Roasters & Confectioners are situated on Quarry Lake Estate, Stofpad, Wittedrift along the Bitou River and is part of Bocca Dolce Coffee Shop. Their coffees are slowly roasted by their Italian roaster. The extra time they invest in the roasting is well worth it and results in coffee with a low acidity.
Their house blend Superior di Casa is a gorgeous every day coffee – a blend of four different beans resulting in a creamy, full bodied, aromatic coffee with a hint of a chocolate after note.
You can buy their coffee at the coffee shop or order online from Quarry Lake Foods.
They are open from 08:30 to 16:30 from Tuesday to Thursday and 08:30 to 15:30 Friday to Sunday.
You can contact them on: 083 562 7236
Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/boccadolcedoffeeshop/
Or visit Quarry Lake Foods http://quarrylakefoods.co.za/