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Mention the word coffee in our house and you’re on to a winning streak with my husband. He is the ultimate in coffee snobs and only consumes the best. We’re not speaking of instant coffee either, that would be a swear word in our house, we’re talking the real deal, fresh coffee beans. While we still lived in Cape Town we had a regular supply of freshly roasted beans which my husband would collect directly from the roastery. This particular bean became the “one and only” and no other bean could compete. When we moved to Durban we suddenly realised our worst nightmare, a life without good coffee. Needless to say, panic ensued. For a couple of months, we were not the same. Our mornings were bleak and lifeless, and even after sneaking out to our local Fego Caffe, Vida e Café or Mugg & Bean in a desperate attempt of getting a decent fix, nothing compared. Our love affair with the “one and only” seemed a distant past.
The fact that we’ve tried every single coffee brand in Durban would be an understatement. We’ve spent precious hours and rand’s over the past few months searching for a bean that would suffice an acceptable substitute for the one and only. Without mentioning names (because that wouldn’t be ethical) we’ve tried and tested most big brands from leading retail stores and have devised our own opinion that mass production for the coffee industry is just not conducive to the enjoyment of a fresh brewed cuppa. We’ve learnt that fresh coffee beans should be ground and consumed within two weeks of purchasing and we’re sticking to what we’ve learnt.
Just so you know, this is not all bad news; we are currently importing our “one and only” from a close source in Cape Town with the hope of one day stumbling upon our special bean in Durban. Mornings have rebounded, my husband and I have revived the joy and rediscovered the small pleasure we find in life by lying in bed at sunrise with our first cup of freshly brewed coffee.


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4 thoughts on “Coffee

  1. loumeau on said:

    Hi there – I am a coffee fanatic myself and am most curious. Have you tried Colombo Coffee? They have numerous different blends all most amazing, and in my opinion likely to be the next Origin, or certainly Durban’s version thereof. I also really love the Bean Green, Bluff bru, again he roasts a number of different blends. I would love to know where you get your coffee beans from? For if they are better than the two I have mentioned here, I really would love to taste the difference.

    • Hi there. No I haven’t tried Colombo. I’ve heard of Bean Green though. Haven’t been in Durban long enough to discover all the different roasteries yet. Our source is a friend in CT who buys bags from Seattle coffee. Its a franchised group of coffee houses. Haven’t seen them in Durban yet. We love their coffee and their signature blend is our best and the one we get posted to us monthly. If you are ever discover a Seattle in Durban let me know. It will make life so much easier for us and also if you ever in CT go try them out and let me know what you think. There’s a lovely one inside the Exclusive Books store of Cavendish Square in Claremont. I bought a placard for my kitchen the other day, it says: Give me coffee and no-one gets hurt” Love it! :))

      • loumeau on said:

        Thanks for the reply – much appreciated – will be in CT in Dec – definately going to give them a try. By the way I have just popped your Muffin Tin frittata’s out the oven – they look amazing – thanks for the great idea.

      • Awesome. Enjoy the frittata’s – they are delicious!

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