Jamie Braun is a KZN-based barista trainer and coffee consultant. She lives and breathes the world’s favourite caffeinated pick-me-up. #CountryCoffee is where she keeps us up to date with the latest and greatest in the local coffee scene. This week: Jamie’s 5 faves in Durban.
Words Jamie Braun
With so many coffee shops opening on a regular basis, we are spoiled for choice in Durban. From beautiful spots overlooking the sea, to quiet garden escapes, there really is something for everyone. These are my 5 favourites right now.
1. Old Town Italy:
The new kid on the block, Old Town is already known for serving great coffee. They use the Italian brand La Dolcé Vita Caffé. They serve traditional Italian cappuccinos and have an interesting selection of specialty teas available. I plan on trying their Vanilla Bourbon tea on my next visit. Situated in Umhlanga, Old Town has a massive deli, butchery and bakery attached to the café. They give you the option of choosing your own blend of coffee. Their house blend, Lusso, is a blend of Arabica and Robusta from Africa, Brazil and Central America. They also have decaf and a single origin Peruvian coffee available.
Where: 39 Meridian Park, Meridian Drive, Umhlanga
Glenwood Bakery is unique in the sense that they frequently change their coffee supplier. This month they are pouring the Bluff Bru Blend from Green Bean Coffee Roastery. Breakfast is available from 6am during the week and their fresh bagels are heavenly. They make a delicious affogato : A shot of espresso over homemade ice-cream.
Where: 395 Esther Roberts Road, Glenwood.
3. Antique Café
Situated in Churchill House, off Windemere Road, this little Antique shop and café has a beautiful garden area where you can sit under the trees and sip on your cuppa. They serve Tribeca and make a decent Americano. They also make a tasty gluten-free, chocolate, orange and crushed almond cake.
Where: 93 Churchill Road, Morningside.
Lola’s serves Jacksonville Coffee and is known for their amazing cake pops! I have long enjoyed popping in to Lola’s, the coffee is always good and the staff are extremely friendly. If you are in the mood to try something different, they have Bullet Proof coffee on their menu (milk is replaced by unsalted ,grass-fed butter and MCT or Coconut Oil – which is believed to speed up weight loss through ketosis). It definitely is an acquired taste, but worth a try.
Where: Lola’s can be found on the ground floor of the Coastlands Hotel in Umhlanga.
5. Arts Café:
Arts café in Glenwood is somewhat of an institution in Durban. The café is attached to a contemporary art gallery which holds regular exhibitions and an art shop which sells gifts made by the local community. They are a non-profit organisation. The coffee: they serve Mokador coffee and Pieta, the barista makes a brilliant cappuccino. They have soy milk available for vegans. If you want to try something new, then give their Spanish Coffee a go: espresso, topped up with hot milk and foam, with a cinnamon stick and orange peel added.
Where: 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood