In a city brimming with fine coffee roasters, Rosetta Roastery is one of the finest. With an almost cult-like following and a close-to-religious zeal for their craft, Rosetta has quickly amassed an impressive line-up of awards… To name just a few – they’ve been listed on the List of Top 25 Cafes in the World to see before you die, featured on‘s List of 10 Best Coffee Houses in the World, and been awarded the title of House & Leisure’s Best Cafe in South Africa. They also happen to be one of the favourite coffee spots for Aussie Masterchef’s Matt Preston to grab a cup when he is in town.

Known in the Cape as the single-origin evangelists, Rosetta’s co-founder, Jono Le Feuvre expounds…

“While we aren’t the only ones sourcing single origin coffees, we are the only ones going out of our way to educate the public on why coffees should be chosen for their specific seed type (in the same way wine is), why our coffee offerings change seasonally (in the same way a progressive restaurateur understands the benefits of serving seasonal vegetables), and why the beauty of coffee lies not in its uniformity, but in its diversity.” 

With their penchant to change perceptions, it only makes sense that once a month, as the sky turns from pale blue to espresso black, and the rest of trendy Woodstock Exchange locks up and leaves, Rosetta swings wide its doors to offer new converts a glimpse at the fascinating history and future of coffee…

This past month, I was lucky enough to secure a ticket to this intimate affair and what an education it turned out to be. After some light snacks and drinks, the coffee puritan Jono launched into an engaging homily on coffee’s murky past. Criss-crossing over continents and traversing swiftly over centuries, we were left with a trove of insights on the beverage that every self-respecting busy, tired person in the 21st century is a self-professed expert on.

While most roasters mix beans from different origins, Rosetta’s offering consists of strictly single origin coffee – sourced from selected spots in South and Central America, Africa and Asia. They then micro-roast each one to best present its unique personality.

After our education into coffee, we moved onto the cupping section of the evening…

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Tasting coffees from three distinct regions was a treat. I found myself suitably impressed by the distinct notes and flavour profiles of each. Coming from someone who’s partial to still corrupting a good coffee with a spoonful of hot chocolate – this is really saying something.

Warm and convivial, there was lots of space for spontaneous questions and outbursts of laughter, and I left not only a little wired, but even inspired to appreciate my next cuppa with a whole lot more reverence and just a dash of sugar and milk.

Tickets cost R299 per person, and include a 250 gram bag of Rosetta Coffee. To book, click here.