A Hipsters Guide to Coffee in the Capital Pretoria, South Africa
Vintage, Menlo Park
Stepping into The Vintage is like stepping into a working laboratory. With passionate scientists running around behind the bar, grinding, weighing and testing new brewing methods to perfect the already perfect cup of coffee – you can’t help but feel excited as you wait in line to be their next test dummy. Beyond the coffee, The Vintage are making huge impacts on the community around them. As a for-profit for non-profits, 10% of their profits are donated to a local charity selected every three months decided by a voting system cast by the coffee drinkers walking in and out the door.
With one of the widest coffee menu’s that I’ve ever stumbled on, featuring a slow bar including a batch brew to go along with their signature espresso based drinks, Vintage is a definite must.
Wifi: Yes (250mb a day thanks to Tshwani Free Wifi service)
Price: R27 (flat white)
Hours: Mon – Fri: 7AM – 5PM, Sat: 8AM – 1PM, Sun: Closed
Location: 323 The Hillside St, Lynnwood, Pretoria, 0081 (you can also find their flagship store and roastery in Centurion)
With a roast that is constantly changing based on season and origin availability, you’re guaranteed one of the most flavorful cups in Pretoria. Stacked right in the middle of the Hazelwood restaurant explosion, the cozy double container coffee shop is one of my favorite spots to lounge in the sun whilst sipping on their latest creation.
Beyond coffee, Spout has some of the best healthy, homemade pastry’s I’ve ever tasted (like their banana bread with almond butter). Make sure to beat the rush though, as with limited seating it’s not uncommon to see a a bunch of decaffeinated bodies queuing into the street.
Price: R25 (flat white)
Hours: Mon – Fri: 7:30AM – 5PM, Sat: 7:30AM – 4PM, Sun: 8:30AM – 1PM
Location: Cnr 16th street & Firwood ave, Pretoria
If you’re craving a some rays whilst sipping on a killer medium roast, look no further then Mira. As cool as this container coffee shop, head barista, Sibusiso not only makes a near perfect flat white but his passion and knowledge for coffee uzzes into each cup he pours. But be careful, it’s pretty contagious – you might find yourself rescheduling your day’s meetings to find a way to hang out with your new best friend a little longer.
Price: R22 (flat white)
Hours: Mon – Fri: 6:30AM – 5PM
Location: Amarand avenue, Menlyn Maine, Waterkloof
Industrial Coffee Works
Like stepping into a living Pinterest board, ICW has it all- cafe racer’s on the walls, steampunk themed furniture, beers and plenty of beards. However, their coffee menu is pretty in-depth, with two blends; an easy to drink Uganda blend and a more acidic Ethiopia/Rwanda blend offered across all their espresso based drinks along with an exciting ‘specialty coffee’ section where espresso’s and alcohol collide, makes ICW one of the most interesting coffee venues on the Northern side of the curtain.
Price: R25 (flat white)
Hours: Mon – Tues: 7AM – 5PM, Wed – Thurs: 7AM – 10PM, Fri – Sat : 7AM – 11PM, Sun: 9AM – 5PM
Location: Industrial Coffee Works, Centurion Square, Centurion
So here’s the truth… Finding TriBeCa’s secret coffee shop hidden at the back of their HQ had me feeling like Christopher Columbus. So much so, that even with a camera in my hand, I was too distracted to shoot a single photo. The combination of the aroma’s from the countries largest producing roastery, the buzz of caffeine addicted employees running around and Tribecca’s signature American baby-boom styled furnishing all completed with the sounds of a scratched record spinning proudly in the background is what makes this a truly special find. The passing employee will happily make you an espresso based drink out of one of their four stations, and a good one of that as freshly roasted beans are grabbed from the roastery next door. Simply, this is an absolute must for any coffee lover.
Price: R23 (flat white)
Hours: Mon – Friday: 8AM – 4:30PM
Location: 18 Parkview Drive, Highway Business Park, Centurion