For many years, tea was the go-to drink in many parts of the world. In the last few decades however, coffee has emerged as the beverage of choice.
But what is the culture like in Durban? How has it grown? From what I know is quality coffee in our city has taken over, with roasteries and cafes on almost every corner.
According to Durban foodie and journalist, Frank Chemaly said coffee culture in Durban has come a long way since the days of the mile high cappuccino in the early nineties, and this was usually filter coffee, often burnt from sitting too long on the coffee machine - topped with mountains of airy foam that was usually cold.
“Today we have our own roasters, some of South Africa's top baristas, importers of single-estate beans from some of the top growers in Ethiopia and Kenya and the world, and a public that knows its macchiato from its cortado, and demands the best”, said Chemaly.
Lifestyle writer and founder of Shrewd Food, Ingrid Shevlin said the coffee culture in Durban was inspired by the café society phenomena dating back to the early 20th century when the young, the beautiful and the intellectual gathered at coffee shops to enjoy endless cups of espressos to argue politics, to laugh, to socialise and meet people.