Deluxe Coffeeworks

Overall Rating: 7.600

Address: 25 Church St.
Cross Street(s): Burg St.
City, State ZIP: Cape Town, 8001
Neighborhood: City Bowl
Phone: +27.72.903.0319
Hours: M-F 7am-5pm; Sa 9:30am-2pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 7.80
Barista: 7
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: WEGA
Coffee Rating: 7.40
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Deluxe Coffeeworks
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $1.30
Last Update: 07/08/2010
First Reviewed: 07/08/2010
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales

This downtown espresso bar and roaster was co-founded by Carl Wessel and former Origin roaster, Judd Francis. It's a tiny, tiny spot with room for only three stools at the espresso bar, two stools along the shop window counter, and two inside chairs. Inside there are worn, wooden floors, artsy touches like cacti and odd sculptures (not to mention the Vespa skeleton on the wall), a short wall rack of coffee accessories, and good rock music for the slacker set. There's also a roaster for on-site roasting behind the barista counter, if you can believe it (how they get this all to fit reminds one of a Japanese commuter hotel/locker). Every drink is R10 - milk or not - which is a bit of an unusual pricing strategy for anywhere. Using a two-group WEGA, they pull shots with a semi-thin, mottled medium and dark brown crema. It sits a little high in the cup, and this is reflected in the thinner body. Flavorwise, it tastes earthy with pepper and some tobacco. Served in classic brown ACF cups.