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Thursday, 13 December 2012

Coffee Roasting Company - RIP

For those of you that are wondering what has happened to the Coffee Roasting Company based at Lourensford, Somerset West, read on:

Lucien with his roaster
It took just over 14 months after Lucien passed away for the coffee roasting company that Lucien started in 2003, to finally close its doors. The coffee roasting company based at Lorensford, was the seed of many coffee company's that started up. Including Quaffee, which for most of the time, was a partner in bringing green (unroasted) coffee and other equipment.

It is sad to see the legacy that Lucien created, destroyed by greed and squabbling but that is the way this cookie has crumbled. I am sure that there will be many companies that have started up since then will benefit, from the innovation Lucien brought to the Cape.

To Glynis and the team our thoughts are with you, and we offer you our support.

You can purchase similar style coffee from the following roasters, all of whom worked with Luicien himself while he was alive:

We are also sorry to see how his boys have been denied their heritage

24 Jan: There is again a roastery at Lourensford. Who is running it and what the link is to Lucien we do not know. But good luck to them

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Quaffee Newsletter Vol 1 Issue 5

Welcome to the Issue 5 of Quaffee Newsletter.

Season greetings to all, and thank you to all our clients for their support this year. This Newsletter we introduce our first limited edition coffee.

The Quaffee Team

Limited Edition Coffee

Antonia Regno InPaita
Antonia Regno In Paita
Our new concept is to source and provide some special coffees. These coffees are only available in very small quantities, and normally represent a portion of a crop of a exclusive farms coffees. The coffees are sourced using our direct trade partners and normally we are lucky to get 2 bags, but sometimes only get 1 bag. This means that after we have played with the coffee, to identify which roast produces the best flavours and aromas, we are only left with 80% of the coffee we started with.

In the future these limited edition coffees will only be available to those that ask to be notified about them. If you would like to be notified in the future update your preferences and tell us to notify you about special edition coffees.

Next week, from Dec 10 we are making a micro lot coffee available from Brazil, grown by Antonia Regino, called Sao Judas Tudeu available. We only have 40 kilograms of this coffee available, so we expect this coffee to be sold out before the end of the year. If you are keen to order it, email us at orders

What is it like?

When we first tasted this coffee we did not know it was Brazilian. After roasting it a number of ways we are still surprised by this coffee. Some of us detect finger biscuits, brown sugar and subtle dark chocolate. More importantly it is very morish. If you like espresso or black coffee then this is a coffee to try. You can read more about the coffee on our detail page here.


You can now buy our coffees, and enjoy them too, at CoffeebloC which is situated on just in front of the roastery at Buitenverwachting.

The CoffeebloC, is to the left of the wine tasting. Buitenverwachting is near the top of Klein Constantia Road, Constantia.

Additional News

In January our open day will be on the second weekend of January, January the 12. We will send out a notification to all those that are selected to be notified. We will be inviting a South African producer roaster, who will allow us to cup their coffees at the open day. A new event will be created on facebook.

We are currently very busy, and hence are introducing a new concept  Order day + roast day = deliver day. This means the day after you order we roast the previous days orders, and deliver them 2 days later.

For those that answer the questionnaire from the newsletter last time, we are looking at rolling out our loyalty system next year.