On 27 October I attended the Cafe Society Awards with Inge Loker. I was very excited to have won two tickets to the Awards through Illovo Sugar SA’s Facebook page. It is the highlight of the year for those coffee shops and restaurants who take pride in producing a superior cappuccino. It was certainly a highlight of my year to be there to see the winners firsthand. I love getting the booklet that the Sunday Tribune produces every year listing all the coffee shops and restaurants that the judges visited and reading what they have to say.
The Cafe Society Awards are sponsored every year by Illovo Sugar SA and the Sunday Tribune and a lot of hard work goes into organising the judges and receiving their feedback. Many meetings are held and sometimes a return must be made to a coffee shop or restaurant for final decisions.
This year the Cafe Society Awards were hosted by Duke & Duchess Motorcycles (motorcycles – coffee shop – clothing store). Duke & Duchess is situated at 2 Outlet Park, 59 Meridian Drive in Umhlanga and I definitely need to return for another of their cappuccinos and more of their food. The food was amazing! Mini Wildebeest burgers, tomato soup in shot glasses, pulled pork wraps, chicken skewers and mini beef bunny chows. There also was a fun sweet table. I had one of their cappuccinos and also tried an iced coffee which seems to be a signature drink as I saw so many people having.
The emcee for the evening was Kevin Minter-Brown of East Coast Radio and he was also one of the judges. We were also addressed by Aakash Bramdeo the Editor of the Sunday Tribune and Darrell de Wet the Market Manager of Illovo Sugar SA. They are both very pleased with the way the Cafe Society Awards has grown and the standard of cappuccinos produced in Durban and surrounding areas.
|Aakash Bramdeo, Darrell de Wet, Lineage @ Stretta crew,|
Musa from Lineage @ Stretta
We were not allowed to say who the winners were on the night as all the information and winners were going to appear in the Sunday Tribune magazine. I can obviously now safely say as it is Sunday and the newspaper is out.
Here are the winners of the various regions :
1. Beaver Creek Estate, Port Edward
2. Tea @ Baytree, Shelly Beach
3. Mojo’z Cafe, Shelly Beach
1. Duke & Duchess, Umhlanga
2. Republik, Durban North
3. Wonderland, Salt Rock
1. Terbodore Coffee Roasters, Curry’s Post
2. The Olde Duck, Underberg
3. Essence Deli Cafe, Pietermaritzburg
1. Lineage @ Stretta Cafe, Hillcrest
2. The Factory Cafe, Glenwood
3. Bean Green, Glenwood
1. Musa Magwaza from Lineage @ Stretta Cafe, Hillcrest
2. Sfiso Gumede from Republik, Durban North
3. Shawn Mushohande from Factory Cafe, Glenwood
Jacksonville, North Beach
Cafe Jiran, North Beach
Mark Gold, Morningside
Parc Cafe, Glenwood
Old Town Italy, Umhlanga Ridge
It’s All Good, Durban North
Science of Coffee, Ballito
Zara’s Cafe, Ballito
Jaxx, Port Shepstone
Burlesque Cafe, Ramsgate
Coffeeberry Cafe, Pietermaritzburg
Barbs Cafe, Nottingham Road
Well done to Craig Charity (Lineage @ Stretta Cafe) for this amazing achievement of winning two years in a row. Big congratulations also to Musa Magwaza (Lineage @ Stretta Cafe) for picking up the title of Best Barista. Hillcrest is officially the place to get the best cappuccino so head to the Colony Shopping Centre 50 Old Main Road. You can also get divine cappuccinos at Lineage Coffee in Waterfall at the new Watercrest Mall.
Thanks so much Illovo for the fabulous evening and for my new Carrol Boyes mug and for the syrup that is perfect for homemade waffles.
|Thanks for the photo (Illovo Facebook page)|
*Wink wink I would love to attend next year*
Illovo Sugar SA