I hear the words blonde-wood cladding and Scandinavian inspired design and immediately swoon – before I’ve even set foot in the space. With a cabin-type look and feel, the design in Father Coffee in Joburg’s Braamfontein is what makes this pilgrimage to the father of coffee so worthwhile. Hipster central, it’s Joburg’s pinnacle of cool and wayfarer clad spectacle wearers grace it with their presence.
Braamfontein is one of the city’s most happening hangouts, and with an array of restaurants, bars and coffee shops that cater to the urban market, rightly so. A joint venture between Nik Christowitz, Barry Weedon, Chad Goddard and Angie Batis Durrant, Father Coffee is an inner city roastery and espresso bar with a design that embodies the founders’ take on coffee – everything is considered.
The space is small, with only a few tables available to budding freelancers and a one-on-one coffee date. The in-house coffee blend is roasted on site, so expect the permeating smell of freshly roasted coffee. Just below Joburg’s popular Neighbourgoods Market, it’s a glorified hole-in-the-wall that you may very well miss if you weren’t actively looking. The coffee is good but a tad more expensive than most coffee joints, but let’s be honest, it’s worth the trip for the taste and the aesthetic. If you can’t stay for a coffee, purchase a bag of beans to enjoy at home.
Unlike any other space in the city, and unlike any coffee shop you’ve set foot in, Father Coffee is as up-to-the-minute as are the patrons who frequent it.
Photographs Bernard Myburgh Words Lisa Wallace