The Haas Coffee Collective is the latest addition to Cape Town’s coffee scene. Specialising in exotic and rare coffees, the coffee collective is a collaboration between Robertson’s Strictly Coffee, artist and designer Francois Irvine and former creative director, Glynn Venter.
In addition to serving some killer single-origins, they are the only outlet in the country to boast Kopi Luwak beans. The reason that these Indonesian beans are so special is because their, er, journey is unlike that of any of their coffee counterparts. The perfectly ripe flesh of the coffee cherry is the Asian Palm Civet’s favourite treat. The civet, which could easily pass as the offspring of a tabby cat and a raccoon, eats the cherries, which pass through its digestive tract. The flesh of the cherries is digested and the beans are exposed to proteolytic enzymes that alter their chemical structure. The intact beans and the civet part as friends and the farmers get to work scooping the poop. They are thoroughly washed and dried and lightly roasted. The result is an aromatic coffee with very little bitterness. Haas’s lot has a smooth, caramel-chocolate profile with earthy and nutty notes.
At present they also have a Jamaican Blue Mountain on offer that is guaranteed to knock your socks off. Like the Kopi it has a subtle and smooth, nutty flavour but with a sweet floral aftertaste. A cup of either will set you back about 80 bucks.
The Haas Coffee Collective is adjacent to the Haas Design Collective, a boutique retailing hand-made, designed objects, accessories and artworks. Be warned that the chances of leaving without buying a little something here are slim.