In our search of the perfect cup of coffee, we only have one question: who has the better bean? We're pitting Motherland Coffee Company against Father Coffee, to see who takes the brew.

Motherland Coffee Co VS Father Coffee

Motherland Coffee Company

We are sure you have heard the term, Africa the motherland. This is what Motherland Coffee Company is all about. They have gone back to the root of it all and found the best beans in Africa.

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Motherland pride themselves on making the best coffee using the best beans that Africa has to offer. They make coffee to perfection using traditional methods. Whether you want a cold brew or a hot beverage, you will find the best options here.

Motherland Coffee Co VS Father Coffee

Nibbles

Motherland Coffee Company also offers amazing eats to compliment their beautiful coffee. This allows you to create the perfect combination.

Motherland Coffee Co VS Father Coffee

Decor

From the moment you walk into one of their cafes, you will notice the colour scheme, creativity and the atmosphere of warmth. The wood and colour co-ordination offers a homely feel.

Details 

Motherland Coffee Company can be found in various areas across Johannesburg. To find more information and to keep up to date with the latest news, check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Motherland Coffee Co VS Father Coffee

Father Coffee

Father Coffee has mastered the art of the grind, roast and serve.

Coffee

Father Coffee has gathered some of the best beans from the best bean producers around the world. Not only have they gathered the best beans from African countries, but they have sourced beans from as far as Brazil, Guatemala and Costa Rica.

Motherland Coffee Co VS Father Coffee

Nibbles

Father Coffee makes some delicious baked delights for you to pair with your coffee. These freshly baked treats are always a great combination to have with their fresh brew, combining bitter coffee with sweet confections.

Motherland Coffee Co VS Father Coffee

Decor

The moment you walk into their store, the first thing that will notice is the simplicity and the clean look and feel of the eatery. The light wood compliments the contemporary touches, making you feel welcome and at ease.

Details

Father Coffee, like Motherland Coffee Company, can be found at various locations across Johannesburg. To stay informed about their latest news and events, follow and like them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Winner

The winner of this showdown is us, as we get to sample the perfectly brewed coffee and tasty treats offered at both establishments.

Who do you think should win the showdown between Motherland Coffee Company and Father Coffee? Let us know in the comments section below!

Royal Coffee Roasters

Previously named Beans About Coffee, the Royal Coffee Roasters are, well... beans about coffee. This Edenvale store offers a selection of 17 different coffee bean blends. These include popular choices like Kenya and Ethiopia as well as a few unique options such as Down Under and Indonesia. Their store stocks all of these in bean form, but will grind them for your machine of choice. Royal Coffee Roasters also offers a multitude of coffee equipment which includes plungers, Paloma Coffee makers, coffee drippers and cappuccino machines. If Edenvale is too far out the way, don't fret. Royal Coffee Roasters offers the convenience of an online store. But we suggest paying the store a visit and treating yourself to a scrumptious Mocha and a dainty coffee cake.

Contact details: Royal Coffee Roasters | 011 452 2751 | Stoneridge Centre, Greenstone Park, Edenvale, Cnr Modderfontein and Hereford Rd | [email protected] | https://www.royalcoffee.co.za/

Father Coffee

Based in Rosebank and Braamfontein, Father Coffee is the home of good coffee for Joburg residents. This coffee shop roasts their own coffee beans at their shop. They sell these special blends in bean form or in ready made coffee by the cup. They have 16 coffee bean options, from Heirloom Blend and Mokanesa Bulga to the Konga Natural and the San Martin Honey. All of these beans comes with a handy information guide detailing the producer, region, variety, process, altitude, flavours and brew. But if that is too much reading for you, just have a quick chat with the baristas. These coffee sommeliers will be able to recommend beans to suit your palate, based on the flavour nuances you'd prefer and how milky you like your coffee.

Contact details: 082 513 4258 | Braamfontein - Shop 2, 73 Juta Street, Braamfontein | Rosebank - Shop G13, The Zone, 177 Oxford Rd, Rosebank | [email protected] | http://www.fathercoffee.co.za

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Bean There

Bean There is Joburg's first supplier of Fair Trade coffee. This means that the producers of this coffee get a fair price for their product, that will go towards the development of their countries. Bean There's coffee beans are from various African countries such as Ethiopia, DR Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania. These beans are all roasted in small batches, ensuring optimal flavours and roasts. But what's the point of high quality coffee if you can't make it? This is why Bean There also supplies the best in accessories, automated espresso machines, manual espresso machines, filter equipment, grinders and brewing equipment.

Contact details: 087 310 3100 | Milpark - 44 Stanley Avenue, Milpark | Braamfontein - 111 Smit Street, Cnr. Eendracht Street, Braamfontein | [email protected] | https://beanthere.co.za

The Tea And Coffee Emporium

The Tea And Coffee Emporium, based in Bedford Centre, is a coffee lover's haven. Not only do they offer a fine selection of coffee beans and equipment, they also offer gadgets, accessories and syrups. Their coffee selection includes instant, beans and capsules from brands such as Illy, 7th Psychopath, Fantini and Kimbo. They offer a gorgeous range of coffee pots, machines, expresses, filters, frothers and even a barista tool kit. This is definitely the place to check out if you're an aspiring barista, a coffee addict or are looking for the ultimate gift to spoil the coffee lover in your life (or even yourself).

Contact details: The Tea And Coffee Emporium | 011 615 7147 | Bedford Centre, Cnr Smith & Bradford Roads, Bedford Gardens, Bedfordview | [email protected] | https://www.coffeeandtea.co.za

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Peacock Coffee and Tea Traders

Although based in Cape Town, this establishment also has a store right here in Joburg, at Rosebank Mall. Their offerings include certified organic coffee, certified rain forest coffee, coffee blends, coffee capsules, espresso, flavoured coffee, origin coffee and gourmet estate coffee. As great as the coffee is, it's the accessories that wow us. With items like cup warmers, cappuccino stencils, coffee thermometers, siphons, butane micro burners, tampers, cleaning kits, coasters and coffee pots, all your coffee needs will be sorted. And those who don't want to schlep all the way to Rosebank can simply purchase all these products online.

Contact details: Peacock Coffee and Tea Traders | 011 880 6514 | Rosebank Mall, 50 Bath Avenue, Rosebank | [email protected] | https://www.peacockteaandcoffee.co.za

Coffee Unplugged

This Sandton store offers the best in coffee machines available in South Africa, including filter machines, espresso and cappuccino machines, traditional group machines, cold brew coffee makers, cafflano, vending machines and coffee grinders. They only sell the best machines that have earned a quality reputation, are easy to clean, have easily available spare parts and that are easy to use and maintain. All of these machines are available to rent as well as buy. And if you're unsure what machine best suits your needs, their staff are more than happy to assist. Coffee Unplugged also sells two types of coffee beans, Coffee Unplugged Roastery and Caffe Costadoro - Imported. If this wasn't enough, they also offer machine repairs, sell accessories and have an in depth blog about coffee storage, grinding processes, express and plunger coffee.

Contact details: Coffee Unplugged | 0861 263 333 | 39 Thora Crescent, Wynberg, Sandton | [email protected] | https://www.coffeeunplugged.co.za

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“My wife always said that if I opened a fourth eatery it would have to be called ‘Divorce’ or ‘The Singles Club’,” laughs Chef James Diack. “Instead, I’ve decided to call it Il Contadino, which means ‘the farmer’ in Italian and really embodies the spirit of our season-focused, farm-to-table style.”

Set to open in October 2017, Il Contadino will be nestled in the heart of Parktown North and will serve three farm-inspired meals a day. Its menu will be prepared as an ode to the rural or ‘peasant’ food from the Spanish, French and Italian countryside – some of James’ favourite places. Dishes will be fresh, simple and rustic: roast chicken, slow-cooked pork, charcuterie boards, salads, homemade pasta and pizza from the in-house wood-fired oven – all using seasonal ingredients.

It will also be James’ most sustainable restaurant to date, with the menu designed to be entirely supplied by the Diack’s family farm, Brightside in the Magaliesburg.

“All three of my restaurants offer something different – Coobs is refined dining, The National is a neighbourhood dining room away from home, and The Federal is our take on a NY-style dinner. But they all have one thing in common: seasonality,” says James. “Il Contadino will be the perfect spot for a morning coffee from the espresso bar, a light lunch or after-work drink.”

Over the last two years, James has worked exceptionally hard to become the go-to person for provenance. His restaurants have evolved to such an extent, that now 95% of everything on his menus comes off his family’s farm, Brightside. Il Contadino will be the first time James cracks the 100% mark.

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As usual, the wine list will be an extensive catalogue of boutique wine farms and those that share Diack’s passion for bespoke offerings including Garajeest, Blackwater, Beaumont and Alheit. Oh, and Aperol Spritz on tap.

The 133m2 restaurant, located on the corner of 4th Avenue and 7th Avenue in Parktown North, will seat 90 and provide indoor and outdoor seating. The interior design and décor process will once again be spearheaded by Janet Diack, James’ mother and farmer at Brightside Farm, so expect reclaimed and refurbished items that extend the farm-to-table concept from the plates to the walls, floors and furnishings.

Brightside Farm, in the Magaliesburg, is the Diack’s family farm and where James grew up. Janet is passionate about farming and supplying the restaurants – what they can’t grow themselves they source from suppliers who share their passion for provenance. The gardens are as beautiful as they are functional. Flowers abound, and they are all edible. Apart from the large main gardens you will find smaller gardens, situated to provide the right conditions for some of the specialty plants. All the gardens feature benches, stone paths, ponds or sculptures with rambling plants like peas, beans and tomatoes climbing up willow woven structures. The gardens supply all three restaurants with herbs, vegetables and fruit – it even makes its own ricotta. The farm also supplies Diack’s now legendary acorn-fed wild boar, lamb, duck and the occasional pigeon or guinea fowl.

It will also be friendly to the pocket, “I’m trying to build a restaurant that’s going to fit into where our economy’s going, so it’s not going to be expensive. I’m trying to keep prices down and keep things casual in every aspect: simple glassware, enamel plates, dishcloths for napkins. It’s going be fun and rustic, but not kitsch.”