One of the most interesting experiences we had on our educational trip to Cape Town was at the Bean There Coffee Shop. This incredible coffee company is where all of our ground and whole coffee beans that we use at the lodge come from. During our time there we watched exactly how the art of making coffee is done!
In between watching the coffee beans go into the roaster and come out fresh with that brown oily coat, ready to make some delicious espresso, we ordered the most exquisite cappuccinos and the Bean There team showed us some techniques on how to make the best foam and coffee art. The presentation of their coffee was amazing and something that we strive to reach at Londolozi.
Bean There has a range of Fair Trade coffee from regions such as Rwanda, Ethiopia and Tanzania, two important elements which Bean There is well known for. In the LobsterInk Coffee course, which is filmed at Bean There, we learnt about the importance of coffee and the many different ways people drink coffee all over the world. We start with where the coffee is grown and learn the process that the beans go through “from the crop to the cup” (very similar to the Waterford Experience and getting a taste of the region when you try beans from different countries).
All the staff were blown away at the artistry and craft behind creating such amazing cups of coffee and now that we know the complex process that coffee beans go through before they end up in your cappuccino we can give the guests a real experience of the senses when they drink their coffee and take them around the world with different recipes and beans.
A Big Thank You to Bean There for having us!!
Written and Photographed by: Trisha Siegel