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Cherise Hider

Cherise Hider’s place of coffee is Origin. While involved in hospitality training, a friend showed her how to make a good cup of coffee, and she admits that this simple example is all it took to light her coffee flame. Every coffee is distinct and it all depends on finding the perfect cup for you. […]

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Freeman Mhlanga

Freeman Mhlanga is Bean There’s king of coffee. Residing from Zim, Freeman stepped onto the coffee scene only two years ago. But despite his relatively short involvement with coffee, he has become well known for his remarkable skills as a barista. He is a qualified City & Guilds barista and his favourite coffee is a […]

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George Kinpanza-Tanfuri

George has to be one of the friendliest baristas I have ever met. He works his magic at The Power & The Glory and his flat whites and iced coffees are second to none. Trained at the Origin Barista School, George has been involved in coffee for the past two years, working at a number […]

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Joanne Berry

Born and bred in Cape Town, Joanne Berry wasn’t always involved in coffee. Following her studies at the University of Cape Town, Joanne found herself in London, working in HR. Not particularly excited about her line of work, she and a friend decided to open their own café. They both attended the London School of […]

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Jose Vilandy

Jose Vilandy works his magic at Origin. In 2008 he claimed both the Western Cape regional and South African Barista Champ titles. Originating from Angola, he mentions how his father was involved in coffee plantations there. Coffee is in my blood. His love affair with coffee wasn’t at first sight but rather caused by another […]

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Lindile Ndzaba

Lindile works his magic at &Union on Bree Street. His coffee journey began early in 2009 and he says that it is going strong. I love what I do. I do it with passion. He has earned the title of head barista and takes great pride in what he does. He is the epitome of […]

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Mariah Betts

Mariah has spent the last 6 years getting people into interesting yoga positions. A certified instructor from the States, Mariah traveled around her homeland teaching yoga before coming to South Africa to do the same. Spending a fair amount of time in Deluxe, she grew fond of the community of coffee lovers moving through the […]

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Meet LJ

Lovejoy, or LJ as he is more affectionately known, is Origin’s coffee equivalent of The Stig. Residing from Zim, LJ joined the Origin team in 2009 after completing his training at Origin’s Barista School. He has a diploma in Hotel and Catering Management and has a fervent passion for farming. On getting involved in coffee, […]

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Nick Minnaar

Nick can be found in action at Deluxe. A charming and soft-spoken guy, whose first involvement in the industry was at the age of 18. It wasn’t until traveling abroad that he really found his passion for coffee. It was in Europe that I came to know the concept of caffe culture.  I got into […]

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Temba Dweba

His name is Temba Dweba, his badge reads Kirro but most of us know him as Tank. Residing from King Wiliiam’s Town, Temba made his way to the Cape in 2004. He joined Vida in 2007 and has since become a well-known and respected part of their team. Coffee makes me strong! Temba says he […]

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Vuyo Mzozoyana

Vuyo is the king of coffee at Espresso Lab and has been since they opened. His coffee journey began at Vida where he spent a number of years working his magic in their Stellenbosch and Cape Town branches. Vuyo is a talented and charming barista and although he is a whiz on the machine, his […]

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Zane Mattisson

Spot Zane in action at Truth.

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