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WHERE TO FIND THE BEST COFFEE IN JOBURG

Most of us need coffee to get our day started. Some of us aren’t really fussy about the coffee we drink, as long as we get that caffeine buzz we crave.

The aficionados and connoisseurs amongst us appreciate a more sophisticated experience when the black gold touches our tongues. This comes in various forms, from the classic cappuccino to the slightly more calculated pour-over coffee.

We hit the streets recently to discover the best caffeine fix the City of Gold has to offer. The gold standard of great coffee is a cortado, which we tried where it was available. If cortados are unavailable the next best thing is a flat white, but there were two exceptions.

 

Father Coffee

Father recently opened their second store in Rosebank, following the success of their store in Braamfontein. Their coffee is consistently great, with baristas weighing coffee grounds on a scale to make sure that you get a perfect coffee, every time. Not only is the coffee great, but the interior design of both stores is a testament to minimal Scandinavian-inspired interior design.

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Firebird Coffee

This little gem in Maboneng offers amazing coffees, made with beans that are roasted in-house. Firebird is a little oasis in the city centre, in the courtyard of the old Cosmopolitan hotel set amongst contemporary sculptures and graffiti murals.

Loof Coffee

If you find yourself in Norwood needing a great cup of coffee, a small detour off Grant Avenue into Iris Road will take you to Loof Coffee. A fairly new addition to the neighborhood, Loof offers amazing coffees by trained baristas in a vibey, yet relaxed, setting.

  

Flynn Coffee

If you’re going to furniture shopping in Kramerville, make sure to stop at Coricraft. Attached to the store is one of Joburg’s newest and beautifully designed coffee shops. Owned by Belinda Flynn, this spot not only offers some great coffee, but they also provide barista training. Perfect for learning how to make the perfect cortado at home!

 

Bean There 44 Stanley

Bean There is South Africa’s first roaster of Certified Fairtrade coffee. The beans get roasted in-house in small batches resulting in fresh, rich coffee in a beautiful and modern space. While they have stores in Braamfontein and Cape Town, we feel that their store at 44 Stanley is the ideal spot to escape Jozi’s bustle, even if it’s just for a little while.

The Whippet Coffee in Linden

Linden’s most popular coffee destination is a prime example of a neighborhood coffee shop. The Whippet is a beautifully designed destination which is a favourite meeting spot for people living and working in the leafy suburb. It’s the perfect spot for a breakfast meeting and a flat-white.

 

4th Avenue Coffee Roasters

If you’re looking to do some people-watching in Parkhurst, look no further. With a few tables spread out on the pavement and a small counter facing the road, you can sip your latte made from beans roasted in-house at 4th Avenue Coffee Roasters and watch the beautiful people of Joburg on a Sunday afternoon.

State 5 Greenside

Located on Greenside’s strip, State 5 are pioneers of the cold brew. Cold brew coffee is less acidic than regular coffee, has more of a dark chocolate flavour and is loaded with two to three times more caffeine. State 5 has a range of their cold brews on tap in-store and offers them with a variety of mixers that appeal to everyone. We tried the salted caramel cold brew tonic and it was refreshingly different.

Naked Coffee Melrose Arch

If you find yourself in Melrose Arch looking for great coffee, you’ll be spoilt for choice. First up is Naked Coffee, which has a few small tables inside and a small seating area outside. They have a convenient hatch to order your coffee while you’re on the move. Their coffee is hand roasted using small batch beans using artisan methods.

  

The Grind

You may have to do some exploring to find them, but it’s well worth it. The Grind has gained notoriety in Joburg for their coffee in a cone. Occupying a portion of the space in a specialist cycling store in Melrose Arch, they offer a couple of tables inside to enjoy your coffee. The design is contemporary and proudly South African, as can be seen on the hand painted art on their coffee machine. So how does coffee in a cone taste? Well, if you love coffee and you love chocolate, you’ll know that a synergy of the two is a match made in heaven.

  

WHITE HOT

With the rise of athleisure wear, casual looks are finding their way into the realm of the formal. Times have changed and us guys will find any excuse to dress down as opposed to up. A suit and tie is even pushing it for the office these days let alone the wedding of your better half’s bestie. And a tux? If we have to… And a white tux? Well, that’s just pushing it!

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Turns out, however, the white tux was the hottest red carpet get-up at this year’s awards season, from the Bafta’s to the Screen Actor Guild Awards to the Oscars. Yes, gents, the white tux is having a moment, so you better recognize.

Originally worn in the military, the white tux jacket became the formal ‘it’ garment for men in the summertime. Nowadays it’s become a ‘peacocking’ staple for those wanting to get noticed. Here are some of our favourite looks for this year’s awards season and some vintage white tux jacket wearing OG’s.

  1. The star of Moonlight, Maharshala Ali, went for an all white tux with slim shawl collar at this year’s Screen Actor’s Guild Awards. We love the leather loafers-sans-socks giving this look a laid back vibe yet being totally on point.

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  2. English actor, David Oyelowo, had heads turning at the Oscars in his classic white tux jacket and black shawl collar.

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  3. And probably our favourite white tux look is from Dev Patel at this year’s Oscars. The simple styling of the slim jacket with peaked lapels, black pants and bowtie make this a classic yet stand-out look.

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  1. It was arguably Sean Connery and Roger Moore as James Bond, who reinvigorated the appeal in of the white tux adding a burst of red to the lapel in the form of a flower. Fast forward a decade or two and who could forget Diddy in his prime.

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ALL THINGS FASHION AT THIS YEAR’S DURBAN JULY INSTALLMENT

This year’s Durban July met our expectations and more, the horse races, the constant ecstatic energy in the atmosphere, but we paid special attention to the men-style and their interpretation of the theme ‘Colour of magic’.

Before we go anywhere far, our brand ambassadors showed everyone that stylish and elegance is the way to go as Anga (@iamnaakmusiq) and Anesu (@aneyx) ably demonstrated.

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Inspired by elegance and the fury white magic, Anga wore a Markham tuxedo and paired it up with an interesting bow-tie and pocket square, magical!

On the other hand, Anesu had another interpretation to the theme as he wore a Markham burgundy suit with a marble printed shirt and accessorised his look well with hints of navy.

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Congratulation to this year’s best dressed gentleman, @naseemnazer, here’s a glimpse of what he wore:

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Throughout the day we kept an eye out for interesting looks and proper interpretations of the theme, the gentlemen definitely delivered!

Here are a few of our favourites:

We think these gentlemen definitely pulled off the color of magic in their outfits and we can’t to see what next year’s instalment of the Durban July has waiting for us!

WORK WEAR 101

WORK WEAR 101

The five days between you and the weekend might be a drag, but your style can still be lit. Check out our work wear edit for office basics that will get you places (or a promotion)

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SUITS

A good suit always looks slick. Plus, it’s a sure way to impress the squad after work. Mix it up with a combo of different shirts and accessories to keep the look fresh.

Style Tips:

  • Your suit jacket should fit onto the shoulder, still letting you raise your arm.
  • Leave the second button open for more swag.
  • Make sure your trousers are hemmed at least a thumb’s distance above the sole of your shoe. Hem on the ankle if you want to show off your socks.

BLAZERS

Blazers upgrade a collared shirt and pull your look together for winter. Opt for a neutral colour to go with everything. We like navy and grey for easy mix-and-match potential.

Style Tips:

  • Check out the pockets for places to stash you phone and keys.
  • Pop a pocket square in the top pocket to give your look a personal twist.
  • The length of your sleeve should end just before your shirt cuff. 

SHIRTS

From buttoned down to cut away, collars make shirts office ready. Build your wardrobe with a balance of plains and prints to keep things interesting.

Style Tips:

  • Button down collars are best for ties, just pick a width similar to your collar size.
  • If you’re going unbuttoned, keep it tame for the office. More than two buttons down is a night out.
  • Roll your sleeves in neat folds to still look on point.

CHINOS

Classic chinos are like grown-up denim. Keep it simple with a button up shirt or upgrade with a tailored blazer and all the trimmings.

Style Tips:

  • Not too tight, you need to be able to sit at your desk.
  • Pinch and cuff your hem to kick it.
  • Our chinos are slim leg for a more trending, tapered look.


ACCESSORIES

From textured ties to the perfect watch, we’ve got all the accessories you need to jack up your office wardrobe.

Style Tips:

  • Textured ties up-style an old shirt, and look great with winter knits
  • Match your belt width to your loop size. We like it skinny.
  • Wear your watch snuggly on your wrist, peeking out from your jacket cuff.

 

SHOES

Brogue, Derby, Slip On – Learn the footwear lingo here. The right shoes are critical to get your foot in the boardroom door.

Style Tips:

  • “Brogue” Dot detailing around the toe, laces up
  • “Derby” Classic front, laces up
  • “Slip On” Smooth front, no laces

CAMO IN THE URBAN JUNGLE

Every couple of years the camo-slash-military trend comes back around;  the 2017 iteration of camo is still badass, but with a modern sophistication that makes it one of the key looks for the year.

One of the big features of this season’s camo update is in the print itself. From afar it looks like the typical camo print, albeit with pops of colour, but upon closer inspection the graphics are actually much more detailed. They feature motifs such as leaves, flowers (Dries Van Noten SS 2017 and Moschino F 2017) and in some cases even horses (Hermes SS 2017) which are as unexpected as they are impactful.

Here are some of our favourite looks from runways and campaigns around the world showing key items in the trend: pants, bomber jackets, parkas, printed t-shirts, and hoodies.

The pants

Skinnies aside, drop-crotch joggers, skinny jeans and utility pants in a camo print, khaki or patchwork of military colours and prints, are where it’s at.

The Tee

While a t-shirt is a t-shirt, plain and simple, it’s more about the print, design and details. With the new camo, the print is more graphic with unexpected pops of colour and designs that cross over into the exotic.

The Bomber

Arguably 2017’s hottest jacket style, the bomber is no short on camo interpretations. Its clean lines lend themselves to bold clashing prints, but plain khaki and forest green are also a yes.

The hoodie

The distressed hoodie in green and camo hues is definitely a key item for Winter 2017. Aside from comfort, it can be dressed up or down, giving a contemporary street edge to any get up.

The parka

This classic is a favourite all year round. No matter what your style your wardrobe should have at least two: a lightweight one for the warmer months and a thick and cosy one for when the temperature drops. In a camo print, or military theme, the parka is totally LIT and can be paired with everything from joggers and sneakers to formal suit pants and derbies.