This past weekend I coffee-ed at Tribe Coffee Roasting, the newest addition to The Woodstock Foundry, and was delighted to find a coffee spot where you can actually hear yourself think. And its design is just as soothing. Simple but genuinely cool. Owners Kate Nero and Jake Easton are passionate about coffee, which explains why this place is what it is – relaxed, unpretentious – but with some of Cape Town’s best coffee, at R10 per cappuccino.
Jake and Kate Nero and partner Bradley Juter all bring hugely diverse skills to the company and their creative and playful professionalism is obvious. They serve locally made products from Munch Box by Byron de Carvalho, Salisbury’s croissants and pies, homemade carrot cake, brownies, mini-cheesecakes and delicious baked goodies from Katie’s Kitchen.
Between the café and the roastery is the courtyard – a great place to chill. A highlight of my visit was seeing graffiti artist Quassiem’s mural in progress.
The water feature by sculptor Egon Tania and the amazing mural in progress by graffiti artist Quassiem
Directly opposite Tribe Coffee is a plant heaven. Marissa Pretorius is the creative behind Opus Studio and creates amazing hanging gardens. Her showroom by architect Annemie van den Heever is beautiful and a simple backdrop for her work. Opus won the Best Newcomer award at Decorex Cape Town 2012 and it is not difficult to see why. If you’re getting married, make a mental note; Marissa’s wedding installations are breathtaking.
Opus specialises in hanging gardens, unconventional flowers and plant designs, and is known for their kokedama (suspended bonsai-like plants to you and me).
Marissa creating a logo from moss for Mooi’s stand for Decorex
Artwork by Natasja Maria Fourie on show at the store