2015 KZN Café Society Awards
The Café Society Awards is an annual event which has been “on the trot” for 15 years now and is hosted by The Sunday Tribune and Illovo Sugar. This illustrious occasion is intended at showing off KZN’s best coffee establishments and to raise the profile of coffee shops in Durban.
This year, the awards were held at the ever trendy Duke and Duchess in Meridian Drive, Umhlanga. On arrival, Nicola and I were made to feel very welcome by Darrell de Wet and Lauren Cole from Illovo Sugar. Our hosts invited us to help ourselves to a beautifully set up sweet table. Apricot balls, fudge, marshmallow mice and toffee’s were some of the yummy sweets on display. The night was off to a good start!
Spar Tops came on board as the official supplier of drinks for the night, but considering we were attending the awards for best coffee shop and enjoying the event in a coffee shop, why not have coffee. I started off with a lovely cappuccino followed by my very favourite; iced coffee.
Our venue served the most delicious food during the course of the evening. Mini lamb bunny chows were the first eats to come from Scott Baine’s kitchen followed by a spicy tomato soup served in a shot glass. Such a great idea! My favourite was Scott’s wildebeest burger. It was so delicious, I had two helpings.
Sunday Tribune editor Aakash Bramdeo kicked off the awards ceremony by extending a warm welcome to all the coffee loving guests before he handed over to Kevin Minter-Brown from East Coast Radio who presented the awards. The process of choosing a winner, runner up and third place was not an easy exercise. It took a panel of almost 20 judges over a period of roughly 4 months to scout for the best cuppa in the Province. After much deliberation, winners in each Region were chosen.
Pietermaritzburg: Terbodore (033 – 330 2380)
South Coast: Beaver Creek Coffee Estate (039 – 311 2347)
North Coast: Duke and Duchess (031 – 584 7411)
Durban: Stretta Café (031 – 765 8862)
Well done to all the winners and runners up in this year’s Café Society Awards. I am proud to say that Durban is beyond doubt on the map for having the trendiest coffee spots in the country.
Behind every good cup of coffee is a great barista. This year, the award for the Barista competition was narrowed down to Shawn Mushoshande from Factory Café, Stretta Cafe’s very own Musa Magwaza and Siphiso from Republik. *Drum roll* and the winner is………..Musa from Stretta Café. What a great achievement!