Capensis Coffee incorporates everything that I love. My love for coffee started during my days as a flight attendant for Lufthansa German Airlines, where I would choose my destination every month according to the coffee bar or roastery that I wanted to visit. I used Lufthansa as a stepping-stone to discover a fantastic world of specialty coffee, from San Francisco to Vancouver to NYC to London, Copenhagen, Addis Ababa, Tokyo, and many, many more destinations, finally bringing all my knowledge and equipment collected to culminate in my first own coffee bar project in 2008, Doubleshot Coffeebar.
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa, was its location and it was incredibly rewarding, sharing what coffee can be with locals and visitors alike and surprising palates! Doubleshot Coffeebar was taken over in 2012 by some die-hard regulars and I left for Berlin to submerge myself in an exciting and emerging specialty coffee scene, doing a coffee pop-up in Berlin-Mitte.
With my Kees van der Westen Spirit espresso machine in my baggage I then headed for Cape Town. (Nothing can keep me away from South Africa for long.) I „popped-up“ in a young baker’s start-up space in the Cape Town CBD, opposite parliament (parliamentcoffee.com), with a focus on coffee education and „slow coffee“; hand brewing using the coffee syphon, woodneck, aeropress and V60 filter methods. I offered brewed coffee alongside espresso-based coffee, using beans from Espresso Lab Microroasters, Cape Town; Square Mile Coffee roasters, London; and JB Kaffee, Munich.
I now live out on the Cape Peninsula and my passion for coffee has merged with a passion and hunger for knowledge of the Cape honeybee, Apis mellifera capensis, and of the Cape floral kingdom called Fynbos, a unique and strikingly beautiful group of flora endemic to a small section of the Western Cape of South Africa. Capensis (Cape) Coffee is my new project. It is run from Simon’s Town and will bring together everything that I love. My main focus will be coffee, but expect to be surprised by my sharing of my current Capensis bee research in the Cape Point Nature Reserve, as well as my photography of the Cape fynbos. One day I hope to bring together all of the above, as well as my love for art and books, in a small coffee bar project to be located in the Royal Alfred Art Academy, Art dedicated to the Natural World, an initiative by one of South Africa’s brightest lights in the art world, Jenny Cullinan.
The Royal Alfred Hall, originally a Masonic Lodge of the Scottish Constitution, was built by its members in 1876. In May 1940, it was obliged to close due to Simon’s Town being a naval base and therefore a restricted area during the war. The building was sold to Simon’s Town Municipality in 1944 and was used as a drinking club for dockworkers, but fell into sporadic use and eventually disrepair. It is now in a semi-derelict state and requires substantial rehabilitation to bring it back into community use. This is what we are working on. Stay posted!
Until then, I invite you to share my coffee community page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Capensis-Coffee/1447544408855543 .