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Coffee snobs take note: A list of Cape Town’s top coffee shops

Coffee is to Cape Town what Bacchus is to wine, and the city is home to a wealth of fabulous places to grab a cuppa joe.

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With a coffee shop on every corner, Capetonians have become quite picky about whether their beans are single-origin or ethically sourced, or whether their cappuccino has textured milk or foam. While a great cup of coffee is high subjective, we’ve put together a list of Cape Town’s best coffee shops to help you pick your poison.

Our pick of CT’s finest coffee shops

Truth Coffee Roasting

This steampunk-inspired, 19th-century artisan coffee roastery is one of the best-known coffee brands around and has garnered a slew of accolades for its out-of-this-world coffee.

Boasting gorgeous industrial-chic interiors, vintage roasters, and steampunk regalia-adorned staff, the coffee house serves handpicked single-origin coffees in fabulous blends. Sip nutty pour-overs or chocolate flat-white blends accompanied by a range of delectable range of handmade pastries like chocolate éclairs, and lemon meringue pie.

Where to find it:

36 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town City Centre Cape Town, Western Cape, 8000, Phone: +27 21 200 0440

Origin Coffee Roasting

The buzzing Origin Coffee Roasting in Cape Town’s De Waterkant was one of the first quality-focused coffee shops in the city and still delivers a finely brewed cup.

Boasting industrial-chic décor, the original home of artisanal coffee not only serves world-class coffee, but also produces award-winning baristas.

Coffee aficionados can choose from a range of eight single-origin coffees and seasonal blends and can learn more about the brewing method from friendly, knowledgeable baristas behind the bar.

Where to find it:

28 Hudson Street, De Waterkant Cape Town, Western Cape, 8001,  Phone: +27 21 421 1000

Bean There Coffee Company

Despite the name, this is definitely not a been-there-and-done-that coffee shop.

South Africa’s first roaster of certified fair-trade coffee, Bean There has several outlets around the country and take pride in serving ethically-sourced, single-origin unblended coffees from Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania. Sunny interiors have nostalgic décor and plush, comfy seating for kicking back and enjoying top-notch coffee.

Where to find it:

58 Wale Street, Cape Town City Centre Cape Town, Western Cape, 8000, Phone: +27 879 432 228

Deluxe Coffeeworks

With humble beginnings as a tiny coffee spot in Church Street, Deluxe Coffeeworks has grown into a multistore brand that is known for its no-frills, top-notch coffee.

Serving hand-selected and roasted in-house beans sourced from Brazil, Guatemala, and Ethiopia, Deluxe is all about what’s in the cup and doesn’t charge an arm-and-a-leg for it. Exuding a charming hole-in-the-wall ambiance, this a great spot for kicking back and watching the world go by over a great cup of coffee.

Where to find it:

171A Buitenkant Street, Gardens Cape Town, Western Cape, 8001, Phone: +27 767 673 519

Espresso Lab Microroasters

Based in the Old Biscuit Mill complex in Woodstock, Espresso Lab is the go-to coffee spot for a caffeine kick on a Saturday morning.

Don’t let the stark, clinical lab-like décor put you off – the aromas of freshly brewing coffee inject some warmth into the basement level shop. You’ll find blends made with beans from Costa Rica to Ethiopia brewed in a variety of ways to bring out the best of the beans. Well worth braving the crowds of market-goers on a Saturday morning.

Where to find it:

375 Albert Road, Woodstock Cape Town, Western Cape, 7925, Phone: +27 214 470 845

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