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Joburg Coffee Club meeting 18 November


Copy_of_group_of_friendsThe next Joburg Coffee Club meeting will take place on the 18th of November at Cafe 54 in Bryanston (see address below). We are looking forward to a great evening of coffee tasting and mingling with fellow club members. We'll start at 18:00 sharp. See you there!

Remember, membership of the Joburg Coffee Club is absolutely free and everyone is welcome. All you have to do is register on our website and voila, you're a member! To get more info on what the Joburg Coffee Club is all about, visit our "About Us" page.



Cafe 54:         54 Hornbill Road, Bryanston. (on the Kings College & NCCB property).

Making the perfect cup at home.


 Ever felt inspired to make a truly great cup of coffee at home?  A good starting point would be to look at your brewing options.

There are many ways of brewing coffee.  It ranges from the traditional Turkish ibrik which is usually used over an open flame (most South Africans will render this coffee undrinkable), to more common methods like filter coffee machines and plunger pots.  So unless you employ a full time barista at home, here’s a bit of help in your quest to prepare no fuss, great tasting coffee.








Plunger pot

Also referred to as a “French press or Cafetiere”, is probably the easiest and most hassle free way of preparing a good cup of coffee at home. Plunger pots are relatively inexpensive and are commonly available at good home stores.  It simply consists of a jug (usually glass), fitted with a mesh device called a plunger.

Using a plunger pot:

1. Preheat the jug by filling it with boiling water.  Leave it for a few minutes and then pour the water out again.

2. Dry the jug and place your ground coffee in it.  Work on about 55g of dry coffee per 1 litre of water. Always use coarsely ground coffee in a plunge pot.

3. Now add the water. Remember never to pour boiling water over the dry coffee as this will “burn” the coffee and affect the taste.  Instead, switch the kettle off just before the water starts boiling for the perfect temperature.  Pour the water into the pot in a circular motion.  This will ensure that the coffee and water infuses evenly.

4. Using a tablespoon, stir the brew gently.  When stirring, try and submerge any coffee floating on the surface.  Allow it to stand for about 3 to 5 minutes.

5. Place the lid on the jug and slowly push down the plunger.

6. Serve the coffee as soon as possible.

Gauteng baristas getting ready for champs


Female_BaristaLatte_artThe Gauteng Regional Barista Championships is just around the corner and some of the province's top baristas are getting ready for action. If the Cape Town and Durban champs are anything to go by, then Joburg promises to be a fantastic event. The competition will be on from the 5th to the 7th of November at the University of Johannesburg (Bunting road campus).

Good luck to those entering and may the best barista win!

KZN crowns its champion!

The recent KZN Barista Championship held at the Pavilion Shopping Centre in Durban was a true reflection of the talent in the province. 34 barista’s from all over Kwa Zulu Natal competed for a place in next year’s finals where the South African barista champion for 2011 will be crowned. This barista will then go on to represent South Africa at the world championships in Colombia.

Diepsloot Barista Project


African_Child_1Making a difference, one cup at a time...

The Dieplsloot Barista Project is an initiative which was launched by the Joburg Coffee Club in association with its business partners and club members. The project aims to provide skills development for young men and women living in Joburg's townships, with the main purpose being job creation.

Potential candidates are identified and with the help of our generous business partners and volunteers, they undergo extensive training in the field of coffee and beverage preparation. At the end of the course, these baristas receive a certificate from the Joburg Coffee Club, enhancing their chance of securing a job in a restaurant or coffee shop. Where we can, we also help with placements.

Don't hesitate to contact us should you wish to be involved with the Diepsloot Barista Project.



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