There’s only one thing more enjoyable than the smell of delicious coffee, and that’s drinking it. The city of Port Elizabeth knows this. Ask Port Elizabeth HOMEMAKERS Expo exhibitors Donovan and Angeline McLagan – founders of Urban Espress Coffee Co. and acclaimed champion baristas.
“We believe our coffee culture in Port Elizabeth is growing because coffee unites people. Regardless of where you come from and what age you are. It touches one’s senses in the most magical way and who could argue about the fact that coffee smells heavenly and that a good coffee can cheer up almost any dull day.” says Angeline McLagan.
Donovan McLagan goes on to tell us that coffee shops have fast become the new office meeting place. “Individuals spend hours behind their laptops sipping a good coffee while hard at work. And many don’t even need to rent office space! They simply visit their favorite cafe on a daily basis. With awesome coffee, friendly service and wifi, a cafe is more inviting.”
“Our standard of coffee has also improved over the years. With our consumers becoming educated in what a world-class coffee should taste like. Whereas before many people had no idea what an espresso, flat white and americana even were. We have also been able to up-skill our coffee community with various programs being run in our city by different coffee company’s and organizations. This has resulted in a greater part of our city becoming aware of this delicious beverage and that naturally led to many more people are drinking it.”
Urban Espress was founded by Donovan McLagan – three times SA National Cuptasters Champion and three times Regional Barista Champ and his wife Angeline, the current Regional Barista Champ for Eastern Cape. Good coffee was hard to find and as a result Urban Espress was established. Originally Urban Espress was a mobile coffee espresso bar, enjoyed at many events around the Port Elizabeth. Years later, they have two cafés in the friendly city.
Urban Express Coffee Co. is based in the heart of Port Elizabeth. If it’s artisan coffee you’re after, then a visit to their cafés is a must. They’re cosy cafés tricked out in wood and bare wall accents and it constantly buzzes with local businessmen, creatives and of course, coffee connoisseurs.
Donovan and Angeline McLagan ethos has always been about bringing top-quality coffee to Port Elizabeth; sourcing and roasting beans from Guatemala and Ethiopia. Their roastery, Cabal Roastery opened over a year ago where hand-selected beans are roasted and ground to perfection. It supplies their two cafés and other coffee establishments in the city. It’s also home to an excellent barista school and coffee evenings.
The cafes not only offers superb coffee but also freshly-baked bread, wholesome breakfast and delicious meals. The wonderful aromatic blend of coffee and a fresh meal is a feast for the senses.
Urban Express Coffee Co. is an inspiring place, as far as spots with atmosphere go, Urban Express Coffee Company checks all the boxes.
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They’re calling it the Gin Renaissance – the surge in gin drinking and popularity around the world. With the massive global interest in gin bars, craft gin distilleries and creative gin and tonic recipes, South Africa is creating a stir and peaking consumer interest.
Leading the pack is our exhibitor, Triple Three Estate Distillery. Proudly produced using a state of the art copper column-pot located at the historic Blaauwklippen Wine Estate – home of innovation for over 333 Years. Triple Three Estate Distillery delivers perfectly balanced craft gins that make the best start for a delicious cocktail. Their unique range of gins are made from a blend of botanicals, highlighting the complex flavours of the juniper berry. The folks at Triple Three share some recipes for you to try at home. Get creative!
Cucumber – Mint G&T
5 cucumber slices, divided
5 leaves of mint
50ml Triple Three African Botanicals gin
100ml Premium Tonic Water, chilled
Place the cucumbers in a small tumbler or breakfast juice glass.
Add mint leaves or sprig. Pour the Gin.
To finish, add crushed ice or ice cubes, best with a short straw that people can muddle the cucumber in the glass.
Fill up with tonic.
Tip: Shake the cucumber together with the gin and ice cubes in a cocktail shaker to get a fresh green drink.
Descendants of General Pascal Olivier de Negroni, Count de Negroni claim that he was the Count Negroni who invented the drink in 1857 in Senegal. Count Camillo Negroni concocted it by asking the bartender, Fosco Scarselli in a bar in Venice, Italy to strengthen his favorite cocktail, the Americano, by adding gin rather than the normal soda water.
15ml 100% Juniper Berry Gin
15ml sweet red vermouth
Garnish with Orange peel
Stir into glass over ice, garnish and serve.
The Basil Smash is a relatively new drink with an alluring Hulk-green tint and a real fresh kick. In fact, the addition of fresh basil means that this drink is basically a vegetable.
It was conceived by Jörg Meyer of the Lion in Hamburg in 2008. The drink quickly became a phenomenon, even
winning “Best New Cocktail” at the 2008 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards.
50 ml 100% Juniper Berry Gin, or try the African Botanicals
1 bunch basil leaves (if in doubt as to how much, go heavy on the basil)
25ml fresh lemon juice
15ml sugar syrup
Place basil and lemon into a cocktail shaker. Gently muddle the lemon and basil “smashing” the ingredients.
Add sugar syrup and gin and top up with ice. Shake vigorously.
Double strain into an ice-filled rocks glass.
Garnish with basil leaves and juniper.
For more recipes and to get your hands on world-class gin, contact Triple Three Estate Distillery.Read More
Visiting Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate is an experience in which all your senses will be stimulated. It is surrounded by phenomenal natural beauty – water, mountains, vineyards, olive trees, and lavender fields. The opulent setting is coupled with award‐winning wines and decadent cuisine, music, lagoon cruises and private tours – all adding to the unique amount of activities they offer.
Benguela Cove Restaurant serves food which can only be described as art on a plate. Set in the rich ambiance of Benguela Manor, Chef Annie Badenhorst has created a succulent haute cuisine which complements the beauty of this Walker Bay estate and its award-winning wines.
Dotted around the estate and lining the walls are examples of some of the most fascinating art that South Africa has produced. Benguela Cove’s owner, Penny Streeter OBE, is an art enthusiast, collector and a proud supporter of the Hermanus FynArts Festival. The estate also presents art workshops, exhibitions and competitions throughout the year.
Artists and sculptors whose works can be viewed include Sheena Ridley, Floris Van Syl, etc.
Wine tasting on the lagoon
As an added feature to the many facilities on the estate, the Lady Bonnie pontoon boat is the epitome of maritime leisure. The pontoon can seat up to 12 passengers making it ideal for a leisurely day out with friends and family. Cruises are set for the duration of one hour and includes complimentary Benguela Cove wines.
Budding wine connoisseurs will be savor the Estate’s ‘Nose your Wine’ experience. This fun approach to wine appreciation removes the mystery of wine tasting and lets you swirl your glass with confidence. Their wine tasting ambassadors will introduce you to a series of key reference wine aromas and educate you regarding wine flavour profiles –certainly a recommended group activity!
Guests are invited to try the estate’s wine pairings which include cheese & wine, chocolate & wine or Millionaire’s pairing, which are accompanied by Benguela Cove estate wines.
Benguela Cove Private Vineyard Tour & lunch/dinner
A true VIP treatment – guests are taken on a guided tour of the estate and vineyards, enjoying a tasting session of five estate wines in their vineyards while overlooking the lagoon. The tour culminates with a gourmet 3-course meal at the Manor House.
Sundays are a musical affair at Benguela Estate with live music ranging from piano classics to rock.
Luxurious setting, award‐winning wines, delicious cuisine and knowledgeable staff complete the experience, which offers the best of Bot River in characteristic luxury.
To find out more, visit the Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate website: www.benguelacove.co.zaRead More