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Price Range: Avg. Price per meal R 140
Type: Artisanal Coffee Roastery and Restaurant
Crowd: Coffee Lovers from across the Mother City
Day Of the Week: Saturday
Time: 9:00 am
Address: 28 Hudson Street, De Waterkant
Origin Coffee Roastery in De Watekant is a well known speciality coffee roastery and a favourite to many, including most recently me.
Although not new to Cape Town by any means, this is a spot which I have never thought to pay much consideration. For many years I have passed the little opening in the wall on Hudson Street that is Origin Coffee, assuming that were I to enter I would find at most 2 barristers and a single coffee machine doing a take-away offering. How incorrect I was!
The Origin Roastery is better imagined as a little eco-system. If you drink it and it is served hot, Origin either have it on their menu or are able to prepare it for you. With their many unique pieces of equipment for preparation, a visit to this spot is a bit of a feast for senses, not only for the foodie types I should add.
Sat at the counter top on my first breakfast visit I was treated to a show of coffee preparation that you will not see in many places. From a Siphon, to a Turkish style coffee, to a Cortado – here you will find them all.
Better yet, if you are a hot drink lover but coffee is not your drink of choice, Origin Coffee also serve and sell a selection of international teas. Served in a very elegant glass pot, warmed by tea light candles, your mind could easily wander off in to the colonial Indian world of old, where tea was paid far more homage than what it is paid in most parts of the world today.
You may be thinking to yourself , great coffee’s, great teas – the food must be awful right? Well, I am very happy to say that this is certainly not the case.
I am quite a particular person when it comes to my breakfasts and I am happy to say that on all occasions Origin have impressed. The selection of meals available is broad and for the most part very flexible to your tastes. From a self-selected breakfast of eggs and toast with as many optional extras as you can ever want, to superb home-baked bagels with cream cheese and trout, to items more suited to a lunch type meal, the menu certainly provides an elegant sufficiency.
Location wise, the experience continues to deliver. Being set in a heritage building in which no renovations are allowed, the years gone by speak through in the shape of face brick walls, naked iron beams and wooden floorboards, all culminating superbly with the ethos of the artisanal, homegrown and “purist” nature of the roastery.
In all my previous visits, I have found that the service needle seems to waiver between extremes. With this in mind I would like to give it a couple more visits before I make my mind up on this point but I have noticed that the managers watch the floor closely and if they do sense an un-settled customer, they go a long way to rectify the issue.
The crowd you will find at Origin are the for the most part inner city locals, quite often in fact “yogies” as the Yogalife studio is right around the corner. You will also bump in to quite a few coffee and tea connoisseurs, be it avid and learning or well versed in the business. This combination, along with all the other patrons, provides for a great melting pot and keeps the energy levels of the restaurant and roastery nice and high.
In summary, all I can say is that I am a big fan. Having now frequented Origin Coffee a good 4 or 5 times in the last 8 weeks, I am ready to say that this spot has made it to number 1 on my weekend breakfast outings. Although perhaps not the best view in comparison to some breakfast spots in the Mother City, a good meal and a good coffee is hard to beat. This is a trick which Origin Coffee have managed to perfect and so I really hope that they continue to see all the success that they receive thus far, as long as they are able to retain their high standards.