Cape Town - The organisers behind some of the world’s largest coffee gatherings will host The Cape Town Coffee Festival from February 24-25 at City Hall.
The festival is a first of its kind in Cape Town, and is another step in solidifying Cape Town’s status as an international coffee capital.
Based on highly successful programmes in London, New York and Amsterdam, this caffeinated event is a must for coffee enthusiasts.
David Donde, the owner of Truth Coffee and a coffee connoisseur, has regularly been selected to judge in such international competitions. He was in some ways a local consultant for the event's international organiser.
“I think it’s terribly exciting because our coffee hasn’t had international attention. Although we have a world-class standard we haven’t got the platform to celebrate that," Donde said.
“Cape Town is one of the coffee capitals, and this should highlight us in the global arena.”
The first staging of the festival will bring baristas, roasters, chefs and coffee aficionados together, while also giving festival-goers a unique experiences.
Donde said it would be a great boost for the local coffee industry.
“I think it will change the perception of what coffee can do for local businesses,” he said. “It will not necessarily benefit the internationally known ones, but the old school and the ones on the periphery will benefit. It will show what coffee has become.”
The festival will also include participation by some of the Cape’s other best-known coffee shops – Tribe Coffee, Origin, Kamili, and Delux Coffeeworks. It will also feature live experiences from coffee, food and equipment suppliers, interactive workshops, demonstrations from world-class baristas, delectable street food, coffee cocktails, live music and art.
One attraction will be CMx, which is a fast-paced, multi-disciplinary global barista tournament. The winner will receive R10 000 cash and an all-expenses paid trip to London to compete against the world’s top baristas for the prestigious title of Coffee Master at The London Coffee Festival.
It will also be supporting Project Waterfall - a charity initiative established by The Allegra Foundation to bring clean, safe drinking water, sanitation and education to coffee growing communities.
“I'm looking forward to see what my fellow roasters will be doing,” Donde said.
He said that it will allow for a great opportunity for his fellow connoisseurs to get ideas and help develop their creativity.
Donde did however warn that this was a festival the likes of which Capetonians had not seen before.
“I think people mustn’t expect the regular corporate type of festival, but something that captures the attention of local people.”