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As thousands of Gautengers start preparing for their annual migration to the coast, we thought it would be a good idea to feature some hidden gems on the KZN coast where coffee lovers can get their fix while on holiday.

KZN North Coast

Lemon_MeringueThe Waterberry Coffeeshop: One of the best kept secrets in Ballito. There is nothing commercial about this place. It's wholesome, homemade food at its best. Set in an indigenous forest with a deck overlooking a pond with abundant bird life, this is the perfect setting for a quiet lunch or breakfast and a great cup of coffee. Connect with nature on the Waterberry's forest walk while burning some kilojoules gained from their famous lemon meringue. 

Leonora Drive, Ballito (next to the Dolphin Holiday Resort).

Tel: 032 946 2797

Cappuccino_with_RosettaPiccadeli Cafe: Located in the Ballito Junction shopping Centre, this coffee shop offers everything from toasted sandwiches to spicy prego rolls and delicious breakfasts. They serve imported Caffe Corsini coffee and the cappuccinos are great. The shop also boasts a deli section with imported cheeses, biscotti and carpaccio.

Shop 18 Ballito Junction, Ballito.

Tel: 032 586 1001



KZN South Coast

The_Waffle_HouseThe Waffle House: This well known establishment has become somewhat of an institution on the south coast. Established in 1957, this historical landmark is nestled in tranquil sub-tropical vegetation on the edge of the Ramsgate Lagoon. A visit to The Waffle House is a unique experience.  Not only can you enjoy their famous waffles, you can also browse for art, pottery, crafts and curios at the Gaze Gallery or in the Basket Shop.  They welcome families and there is a well-equipped play area where children can play.

Marine Drive, Ramsgate.

Tel: 039 314 9424

Beaver_Creek_SignBeaver Creek Coffee Estate: Not many people know about the gem that is Beaver Creek Coffee Estate. Situated on the foothills overlooking Port Edward, Beaver Creek farm was bought in 1984 by Ed Cumming, with the first coffee crop planted in 1986. Three years later Ed and Doug harvested their first crop of Arabica coffee. More than 20 years later, this small family concern has grown into a thriving roastery and now produces some of the finest coffees available. They operate a coffee shop on the farm which is open to the public and they also offer daily coffee tours, a must for any coffee lover.

Tel: 039 311 2347

coffee_running_1Latest research has shown that an espresso a day might keep the doctor away, especially if you're a migraine sufferer.

Migraine sufferers have a window period of about 8 to 12 hours before the full-blown migraine kicks in. During this time they can often divert the worst-case scenario, says Dr Andrew Dowson, clinical director of the East Kent Headache PCT Service in the UK. "During this period people often get food cravings for things like chocolate, which they think triggers the migraine. These are red herrings and just pointers that a migraine is brewing."

Other obvious symptoms include a metallic taste in the mouth and excessive yawning or urinating. "The key is to increase blood flow to the brain  -  have a strong espresso followed by a large glass of water and 20 minutes of moderate to strenuous exercise. The fluid increases your overall blood volume, while the caffeine and exercise increases your heartbeat, pushing more blood through to the brain, quicker. It's why drugs such as beta-blockers, which increase blood flow, are often used to treat migraines," he explains.

Starbucks_logoIt is encouraging to see a multi billion dollar company like Starbucks taking environmental issues seriously. All too often large corporates like talking about "being green", but what is communicated to consumers and what happens behind the scenes are often worlds apart.

Last year, 70% of Starbucks stores recycled at least one type of waste where commercial recycling is available - but it's often happening behind the counter, out of sight to customers. This is a great achievement considering that Starbucks produces about 4 billion cups per year.  Starbucks has also committed to have recycling available in all stores by 2015 and by the same year all cups served will be reusable or recyclable. In 2009 Starbucks already managed to serve 4.4 million more reusable cups than in 2008.

Hats off to Starbucks for investing time and money into something that doesn't improve company profits, but rather creates a sustainable way of doing business.

Expobar_BrewtusThey say dynamite comes in small packages.... Check out the Expobar Brewtus espresso machine from Koldserve and you'll understand why so many coffee lovers cant wait to get their hands on this one.

It's a semi-automatic, single group machine with a copper boiler and a 1,5 litre water capacity. It features both a steam wand and hot water tap facility. The power supply is single phase.

If you're thinking of splurging and spoiling yourself this Christmas, the Brewtus might just be the machine for you...

Available from Koldserve:

011 791 1932

Florita_coffeeBrio_CoffeeWhy not try some of Mokador's finest Italian blends for your Christmas stocking this year:

Florita Blend: A coffee with a pleasant and lively character. Round-bodied, with exotic flower notes. This coffee harmoniously balances the characteristics of the Arabica and Robusta varietals.

Brio Blend: An intense, full-bodied coffee with a creamy and rich after taste. Lingers beautifully....

Available in beans and ground from Mokador:



Espresso_pic_1This is just one of those small things that all coffee lovers should unite against. The mispronunciation of a word in itself is really not a big thing, we all do it from time to time. But let's be honest, the word "espresso" is not a particularly complicated or difficult word to pronounce. It is also a fairly common word, visible on restaurant menus and magazine pages all over the world. So why do people feel that they have to butcher the poor word by adding the letter "x" to it which never was and never will be part of the word!

If people constantly messed up a word like "Triskaidekaphobia" (yes, it is a real word. Meaning "fear of the number 13"), I am sure there would be a certain level of tolerance against something like this. But when it comes to our everyday coffee fix, please let's just get it right people!

Espresso - look carefully, do you see an "x" anywhere?