This is no ordinary lab. Vuyo shouts out from behind his equipment, ‘One last time’ and one wonders if his experiment has gone awry. Instead, Helene makes her way to the Ipod dock on a shelf nearby to start the song over. Everyone continues with his or her tasks but with a bit more bounce than before. You wont find any white coats, safety goggles, puffs of purple smoke or loopy scientists with crazy hair here. What you will find are a team of people who are taking coffee to a new and very exciting level.
I managed to spend some time with Renato, co-owner alongside Helene, who is one of few people with the ability to talk scientifically without inducing a narcoleptic episode – the type of person one would have hoped for at school. No disrespect intended, Mr Bentley. They adopt the Nordic principles of roasting which lends itself to a softer palate. Renato spent a number of years in Scandinavia learning all the tricks and has further maintained a strong tie with the roasters up north. They regularly swap green bean samples for analysis and experimentation.
The interior resembles the crisp and clinical features of a lab. A tiled map of the world indicates the homelands of the beans and the open space means you get a bird’s-eye view of the happenings. They also stock a number of cool gadgets you can buy to wow your friends the next time you have them around for dinner. Check out the inverted Aeropress – the packaging is super cheesy but it’s what’s on the inside that counts.
More exciting though is their current coffee selection. One in particular is an espresso blend that they have put together for the chilly Cape winter with beans from Brazil, Costa Rica and Ethiopia.
A much more intense espresso blend, one that brings our warm chocolate, caramel and honey notes, with a soft presence of tropical fruit acidity. This is a much more complex blend with a full-bodied flavour and will have us cuddled up for the coming months.
Although intended for the summer months, I recommend you try a Black Ice. I don’t need to explain why.
Monday to Friday 08h00 till 16h00
Saturday 08h00 till 14h00
The Old Biscuit Mill
373-375 Albert Road, Woodstock