By Haidee Visser
KwaZulu-Natal’s Midlands Meander is one of those routes that never seems to get old. At nearly every turn along this beautifully lush and scenic drive through inland KZN, there is farm stall selling fresh wares, or a quaint café tucked into a peaceful nook, begging to be discovered. Coffee lovers, take to the road and discover some of the region’s most deliciously popular and eccentric coffee stops.
Terbodore Coffee Roasters
Found in Curry’s Post in a converted barn of the Terbodore Farm, Terbodore Coffee roastery was established in 2004 by the Macaskill family who pride themselves on the craft of creating the perfect brew of coffee.
Procuring and roasting only the finest of beans, Terbodore’s coffee is packed with a rich, delicious character, unique to their brand. In 2009, the roastery grew into a restaurant serving breakfast and lunch as well as a store selling their signature coffee.
Enjoy a freshly brewed cuppa with the rolling plains of the Midlands as your view and get to know the gentle character of the family’s ever present and beloved Great Dane, Sultan, who has come to symbolise Terbodore coffee and inspire the Macaskill family with his ‘loyalty and patience’ over the years.
Address: 87 Currys Post Road, Howick, 3290
Opening hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm, Thursday – Monday.
This positively eccentric coffee roastery and espresso bar can be found in Lions River, just off the highway, and is jam packed with character! Decorated with industrial trinkets, inspired by the science fiction of Steam Punk, the emphasis on their ‘old school’ methods used to produce some of the finest and responsibly sourced coffee in KZN is highlighted as soon as you walk in the door. Just beside the barista bar is the coffee roastery, which allows you to take a peek in at how their beans are traditionally roasted. Steampunk Café is ideal for a quick stop and go and to support local, responsible roasters who take their art to complex levels.
Address: Thokans Garage, Howick, KwaZulu-Natal
Opening hours: 7am – 5pm, Monday – Sunday.
Boasting what has been nominated the best cappuccino in KwaZulu-Natal, Piggly Wiggly is a spot that has truly grown in leaps and bounds over the years, and is easily one of the busiest and most popular venues in the Midlands today. What was once a humble café has burgeoned into a popular eatery with a beautiful barista bar, surrounded by a number of local shops, an outdoor pizzeria and plenty of children’s entertainment, including a miniature steam train offering rides! In saying this, Piggly Wiggly has not lost its homely, welcoming feel, so take some time out of your meander, add your name to the waiting list and sample a cappuccino and heavenly slice of homemade carrot cake – there’s a reason why it’s so popular!
Address: 1 Dargle Road, Lions River, 3265
Opening hours: 8am – 5pm, Monday – Sunday.
Blueberry Hill has been described as a ‘breath of fresh air’ within the Midlands dining scene because of its unpretentious approach to food and coffee, while offering a contemporary and welcoming experience in heart of the countryside. With its position up on a hill, enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, while admiring local artist’s work on display as well as their delicious coffee, brewed by certified coffee aficionados. The eatery itself offers a fresh approach with a new menu each week, championing seasonal and local ingredients. Sample the coffee, but don’t leave without trying the the blueberry cheesecake – said to be one of the best in the Midlands.
Address: Netherwood Farm, R103, Nottingham Road, 3280
Opening hours: 8am – 4pm, Monday – Sunday
With its perfectly mis-matched furniture, beautiful wall paintings and pottery, you will feel like you have stepped into an old family friend’s home at Café Bloom. Situated in the Country Courtyard just off the R103 in the heart of the Midlands, Café Bloom is as country-chic as ever and epitomises a Midlands cafe experience. Ideal for a mid-morning stop, a cappuccino and wickedly decadent chocolate brownie is a must. Café Bloom also offers a lunch service with a harvest table, here you are able to serve yourself anything from plump fish cakes, salads bursting with goodness, savoury tarts, quiches stuffed with flavour, crisp spinach rolls – the list goes on!
Address: Off the R103, Nottingham Road, Kwazulu-Natal
Opening hours: 7:30am – 4pm, open Monday to Sunday, closed on Tuesdays.