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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.