Listen Up…

A Podcast of my latest radio interview, which aired on Cape Talk 567 last Thursday, 26 July 2012

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Nobel peace prize winner now runs coffee shop in Cape Town

Enjoy and thanks again to Capetalk, as I’ve had lots of people coming in after the show.


More Publicity

Yep! We got more, thank God.

Currently, we are in this month’s TASTE Magazine (July 2012) – sorry! no online version exists or can be read, so you’ll have to buy the original. In summary, it’s my fave food magazine and I feel honoured to be featured over 2 pages (on pages 44/45). There’s an added bonus too – the recipe of my London Carrot Cake is also featured, so here’s your chance to try it out.

I’m also in the left leaning political on-line newspaper, the Daily Maverick – see link below

A little on the controversial side and of course a bit political but read it and let me know what you think as most of the people who have read it, liked it.

I also gave a radio interview to the BBC World Service for their “Focus on Africa” programme, but I’ll let you know when its published so you can have a listen.

Until then, ciao!

The Scottish Connection & A Few Proposals

Just this past week, it seemed like the majority of people I spoke with at my caffe had a Scottish connection…

“My boyfriend is half Portuguese and half Scottish”

“My family’s ancestary is Scottish”

“I came to South Africa from Scotland and I’m proudly Scottish”

Well! you may not know this but I too (Lameen) have Scottish blood in me too – my mum’s dad was half Scottish and half English. My wife calls it the “stubborn” part of me but I guess that’s why she loves me, eh! BUT, I think it’s the adventerous part of me, as my grandfather got onto a boat at the age of 17 and landed up in Nigeria, got married, had kids, lived there for many years, spoke one of the major Nigerian languages (hausa), even nationalised as a Nigerian, before retiring back in England in the mid-1980’s – now that’s adventerous, eh!

We also had lots of proposals…

A possible movie shoot

A media event

Another interview

Stay tuned for news on which of these come to fruition.


Great News… Cupping

Great News…

Glad to report that on Wednesday 30 May 2012 we broke our coffee sales record and overall sales record – cant divulge all the figures, but considering that Capetonians never venture out in May because its the WAKE UP call that Winter is here, cafes and restaurants tend to be very quiet. So, not only was it coldish today, but the fact that we actually had a high sales record in May is fantastic. In fact none of our records have occured during the Wintery months (May-July in the southern hemisphere).

Cupping – the “proper” name for Coffee Tasting

Is back this Saturday, 2 June 2012 between 10:30am – 11:30am, which for R50 per head you get to have a one hour session on how to taste coffee.

See you if you love coffee and want to learn more about this extra-ordinary bean.



Our New Menu… Yum!

Yay! We launched our new menu today, to resonate with the beginning of the Southern Hemisphere Winter here in Cape Town. So, what’s new:

On the Drinks Side:

A Long White (a very short Americano, topped with steamed milk)

A White Mocca (traditional mocca, but using white chocolate)

Coffee of the Week (a selection of highly priced coffees, which you can have with your favourite type of coffee for an additional R5) – At the moment, we have linked up with famous London based coffee roasters, Union Hand Roasted, sister shop in Cape Town, to provide these priced coffees on a weekly basis)


On the Food Side:

Espresso French Toast, served with creme fraiche (only on Saturdays)

Chocolate and Almond Granola

Brioche Rolls (in summary, brioche is made with a dough comprised of egg yolks, butter, milk and sugar) – nice compliment with coffee in the mornig and tres (very) French.

In season Avocado on Sourdough Toast, topped with chilli flakes and olive oil

A more focused Grub of the Day with Burgers served every Wednesdays and more hot meals planned for the coldish Winter


Winter Salads

And More…. as we liked to be inspired.

So, feel free to pop over for some new and of course customer favourites.


Coffee Flights

We are relaunching our coffee flights event (aka free coffee tasting) this Saturday 5 May as follows:

Date/Time: Saturday 5 May 2012 from 11am-12pm

Price: R50 (which includes a cup of coffee of your choice)

On Show: Exquisite Coffees, Tasting Notes, Knowledge Transfer (by Lameen)

So, if you want to learn more about coffee, how to taste it and more, come by on Saturday to Escape Caffe, have breakfast (we have a new Saturday menu), relax and get your taste buds ready for a “coffee flight” around the World of coffee from 11am.

Ciao !



We are trying Saturdays

We constantly get phone calls enquiring whether we are open on Saturdays and so we are responding to potential customer pressure and will again try opening every Saturday’s as from 14 April 2012. We plan to open from 10am-1pm for breakfast, coffee and relaxing.

We will still have our regular coffee tasting events, but this will take place once a month, costing R40 per person, which will include a coffee of your choice.

Looking forward to your support this Saturday, ciao !