The coffee culture in Port Elizabeth is booming, new cafes and restaurants are making their appearances, older ones are changing things up and the Bay’s caffeine addicts are starting to know their Robusta from their Arabica, their flat whites from their cappuccinos and their blends from their single origins.
And by now we have established that the Bay knows how to do coffee and how to do coffee well; with South Africa’s oldest roaster in town – Mastertons Tea and Coffee Specliasts – we have a rich and strong background in the dark brown liquid gold (read until the end to find out how you can win with Mastertons).
Here, there and everywhere around the Bay local baristas latte art become snap-worthy while coffee shops with interesting décor, decadent displays of food and artistic atmospheres act as the perfect Instagram background for city dwellers, foodies and selfies.
With our noses on the ground, we followed the caffeine trail and went in search of some of the Bay’s trendiest coffee shops. And while some are more coffee shop and others more full-fledged restaurants doing wine-pairing and more, the coffee was one of the biggest draw cards…
This is what we have found.
Situated in Port Elizabeth’s creative corner, Donkin Village, and in a neighbourhood where the streets are lined with old architectural styles, the Heritage Café is well-known among the coffee connoisseurs of Nelson Mandela Bay. Plus, besides a mouth-watering menu, attentive and hands-on staff and the quirky décor of