May 28, 2019

The Cape Town Coffee Festival Makes its Debut in the Mother City

The landmark coffee event that has taken over London and New York is making its South African debut with the first annual Cape Town Coffee Festival.

Taking place on Saturday, 1 June and Sunday, 2 June at The Castle of Good Hope, in Darling Street, Cape Town, the weekend-long family-friendly event will feature not only exceptional coffee but incredible local food, cocktails and live music.

Whether you’re a coffee aficionado, self-confessed coffee geek, key industry stakeholder or just an average Joe who enjoys a good brew, this is an event that is not to be missed.

This inaugural event will include over 65 innovative exhibitors.

Taste your way through the vibrant Cape Town coffee scene with hundreds of different coffees to sample for free. Boost your coffee knowledge in workshops, be a part of interactive demos and meet the top African coffee companies, artisans and baristas one-to-one. To top it all off, enjoy delicious street food, coffee cocktails and live music.

The two-day festival (split into morning and afternoon sessions to help manage the flow of foot traffic) will boast some of the most popular features seen at previous international events, with an added African experience.

The line-up includes:

  • Latte Art Live,
  • The Small Business Lab,
  • The African Coffee Experience,
  • The Coffee Cocktail Bar,
  • a Live Music stage,
  • a Coffee Art Gallery and many more.

Not only will the event be offering delicious street food, coffee cocktails and live music but all profits will be donated to Project Waterfall, partnering with South African charities supporting local life-changing projects, such as Woza. The Woza Coffee School is a charitable trust that trains the youth in South African townships to become baristas while also connecting them to their first job. Since 2011, Project Waterfall has raised over $1.5 million, bringing clean water to more than 37,000 people across seven countries.

Find out more about Project Waterfall and Woza

Speaking about this year’s South African debut festival, Allegra Group CEO, Jeffrey Young said:

“We are delighted to be bringing the Coffee Festival to the African continent for the first time. Cape Town is a city of culture and creativity, and coffee and food play a huge part in the fabric of the city life. The event is a celebration of the vibrant African coffee culture, of the deep spirit of community that coffee fosters and of the career opportunities that it generates.”

Tickets for The Cape Town Coffee Festival are now on sale here and are expected to sell out quickly.

For coffee connoisseurs and foodies alike, this event is bound to give African and global attendees a truly exciting break from the daily grind.

The festival is also offering a “Super VIP” ticket package, which includes:

  • two-day access to the event,
  • a dedicated VIP entrance,
  • complimentary cocktails from the VIP Bar,
  • a VIP goodie bag filled with gifts from some of the event vendors,
  • copies of the books The Meaning of Coffee and The Meaning of Wine.

The Cape Town Coffee Festival is supported by top local and international brands and coffee personalities and sponsors include Bunn South Africa and Sanremo South Africa (imported and distributed by Electrical Industries), Fair Cape Dairies, Father Coffee, Bean There, Truth Coffee Roasters, Origin Coffee Roasters, Ultipure (Brita), Alpro, Tia Maria and Yoco.

More details about some of the programme features:

  • Latte Art Live is an interactive zone dedicated to the highly popular skill of latte art. World-renowned barista Dritan Alsela will be on stage and attendees can take part in hands-on workshops and demonstrations where the pros will teach them the techniques and skills behind jaw-dropping masterpieces.
  • The Coffee Lab program will educate visitors about the latest trends and concepts in the coffee industry, while The Small Business Lab is a whole extra Lab zone dedicated to promoting and supporting small local businesses through a series of interactive talks and workshops.
  • The African Coffee Experience is a showcase of the diverse African coffee scene. Featuring three of South Africa’s key coffee roasters, Bean There Coffee Company, Father Coffee and Origin Coffee Roasters, this area will be dedicated to exploring and tasting the best origins and cups the African coffee scene has to offer.
  • The Coffee Cocktail Bar is an area where indulgent cocktails with high buzz-factor will be served.
  • The Innovation Zone is where visitors can discover the personalities behind some of 2019’s coolest and most cutting-edge brands and small businesses, ranging from technology to apparel, to the freshest micro-roasters.
  • The Street Food Market is the go-to spot to refuel with inspired, easy, healthy food from artisan street food stalls offering the best the South African food scene has to offer.
  • The Live Music Stage will host live performances throughout the event, showcasing the talent of local artists, bands and solo singers while engaging a deep spirit of community among those who share a passion for great music and coffee culture.
  • The Coffee Art Project Gallery is a gallery showcasing the creativity and talents of emerging and established local artists whose photography has been inspired by African coffee. The highlight of the Gallery will be a photography series of the renowned Sowetan coffee culture by local artist Andile Bhala.


See here to find out more about the event