The Most Interesting Coffees In Joburg

If you’re a coffee lover looking for something adventurous, check out our list of quirky coffees in Johannesburg.

The Grind Coffee Co.

Situated in a cycle shop in Melrose Arch, the Grind Coffee Co. is the inventor of the “most Instagrammed coffee in the world” – the coffee in a cone. Owner and master barista, Daine, spent years formulating a chocolate recipe that could be used to coat the inside of sugar ice-cream cones but won’t melt when hot coffee is poured into it. Today, Coffee In A Cone can be found the world over, but we still recommend that you pay the Grind Coffee Co. a visit for the original treat.


State 5

Resident in Greenside and in Fourways, State 5 is a roast cafe with a difference… the difference being that the owner, Denis, is somewhat of a mad scientist obsessed with all things coffee. Here you can experience diverse styles of cold-brewed coffee on tap (like you would a draught), orange and Tabasco infused java drinks and whatever else Denis feels like concocting that day. To boot, the food is great – the pulled-pork sandwiches are something to write home about for sure. If you’re feeling adventurous, stop by State 5 to get your caffeine fix.


Mighty Monk Nitro Brew

The illustrious Mighty Monk can be found at Pablo Eggs-Go-Bar in Melville and the Neighbourgoods Market in Braamfontein. But what is it? Mighty Monk Nitro Brew is the brainchild of two life-long friends and essentially cold-brewed coffee infused with nitrogen – the same process that gives Guinness draught that velvety, smooth finish. The dudes also like to flavour their cold brew with your choice of syrups and spirits – vanilla, cherry, orange, vodka, rum… that type of stuff.


Saravana Bhavan

Similar to a Turkish brew but drunk even sweeter (if that’s possible), the vegetarian South Indian restaurant Saravana Bhavan in Rivonia offers a unique coffee experience complete with the caffeine kick that Joburgers need. Known as Madras filter coffee, it is made by mixing frothed and boiled milk with the decoction obtained by brewing finely ground coffee powder in a traditional Indian filter. The result is an intense taste, as flavours pronounce themselves with a surprising sharpness. Soak up some culture by heading to Saravana Bhavan for a Madras filter coffee and a dosa.


Starbucks Melrose Arch

From pumpkin-spiced lattes to bright pink and blue creations, there’s never a dull moment when it comes to a cuppa Java at Starbucks, especially Melrose Arch where the team seem to be particularly creative. Above and beyond the limited-edition orders that come out periodically, we recommend you try a Frappuccinno or three – it’s Starbucks’ trademarked cold coffee, mixed with all kinds of interesting flavours.


Galata Bakery

During a holiday trip to South Africa, the Turkish owners of Galata fell in love with the city of Gold and so decided to open up a bakery and cafe serving authentic Turkish treats. We implore you to pay Galata Bakery a visit and order yourself some real Turkish Coffee, but be warned, it’s got a sweet kick to it! While you’re there, grab something off the lunch menu – we recommend the POĞAÇA burger.


By Shawn Greyling

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