Play­ground of Gourmet Pâtis­serie

SLOW Magazine - - Contents - Text: Char­lotte Rogers Im­ages © Coco Sa­far

For those that have not yet had the plea­sure of in­dulging in the won­ders of­fered at Coco Sa­far’s flag­ship store in Sea Point, Cape Town, what awaits you is a fu­sion ex­pe­ri­ence like no other. It de­fies la­bels, be­ing the per­fect cul­mi­na­tion of café, pâtis­serie, cof­fee roast­ery, and brew­ery. Coco Sa­far takes the best as­pects of each of these con­cepts, re­fines them, and houses them in ex­trav­a­gant style in one of the Mother City’s trendi­est in­ner-city ar­eas.

Coco Sa­far in Sea Point is lo­cated in the newly-built Artem Cen­tre. This gal­le­ri­astyled shop­ping cen­tre of­fers vis­i­tors the chance to browse the best of the lo­cal mar­ket, with well-known brands mixed in. The de­sign aes­thetic is min­i­mal­ist and stylish, while still re­tain­ing a de­cid­edly wel­com­ing qual­ity. It’s one of the hottest new devel­op­ments in the Mother City, and the per­fect new home for Coco Sa­far.

When guests first en­ter the Artem Cen­tre, they are greeted by a stylish and stun­ningly up­hol­stered, elon­gated bench equipped with Euro­pean style ta­bles, at­tached di­rectly to the olive green quilted back­ing. A gi­ant bronze globe sits at one end, a nod to the global ap­peal of a con­cept such as Coco Sa­far.

Their con­cept is simple, and it all starts with lux­ury. The store’s in­te­rior oozes ex­otic com­fort – all dark wood with taste­ful use of bold colour. Chairs are up­hol­stered in brown leather, with olive green ac­cents, and floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows at the front of the space add an abun­dance of nat­u­ral light. Plants are also dot­ted through­out the space, pro­vid­ing a charm­ing con­trast to all the re­flec­tive glass and el­e­gant dark wood. Most of the lux­ury ac­cents in the store were sourced and made lo­cally in Cape Town, some­thing that was im­por­tant to the own­ers.

Ev­ery last de­tail at Coco Sa­far has been cu­rated and per­fected, from the am­bi­ent mu­sic and light­ing lev­els, to the mono­grammed wooden boards and the Ital­ian side plates. Each piece of cut­lery and crock­ery gleams and shines, pa­tiently await­ing the fi­nal touches of a per­fect pas­try, mac­a­roon, éclair, or any num­ber of sweet de­lights on of­fer.

The pâtis­serie dis­play case, lo­cated against the back wall of the store, beck­ons patrons in its di­rec­tion with the prom­ise of some­thing out of this world. The owner, Wil­helm Lieben­berg, has of­ten ex­pressed his de­sire to cre­ate the first Miche­lin­starred café, and you can see that am­bi­tion in these lit­tle pieces of ed­i­ble fin­ery. The chefs at Coco Sa­far spend a huge amount of time de­vel­op­ing the recipes be­fore they are served to the pub­lic – ev­ery mouth­ful needs to show­case the flavours of each dish to ab­so­lute per­fec­tion.

The Lux­ury Café also of­fers a de­lec­ta­ble se­lec­tion of savoury lunch items, in­clud­ing Bao Buns and Lamb Bobotie. The dishes are made with only the best and fresh­est in­gre­di­ents – af­ter all, you can’t make sen­sa­tional food with­out sen­sa­tional raw ma­te­ri­als.

Cof­fee is a hugely im­por­tant com­po­nent of Coco Sa­far. Their cof­fee ma­chines were spe­cially made in Europe and shipped to Cape Town at great ex­pense. The wa­ter goes through var­i­ous pro­cesses within the ma­chine be­fore it is pulsed through their freshly roasted cof­fee. And yes, they do roast their beans on site. It is all too com­mon to see over-roasted cof­fee served in Cape Town, but lovers of the bean can be as­sured that their cups will con­tain cof­fee roasted to per­fec­tion ev­ery time. The team of highly skilled bar­ris­ters have all learned the tricks of the trade, but most im­por­tantly they un­der­stand how to han­dle cof­fee and how to get the most out ev­ery bean.

Not only do they serve de­li­cious cof­fee at the café, they also sell it at their Cap­sule Em­po­rium. All of Coco Sa­far’s cof­fee cap­sules are biodegrad­able, and of­fer patrons the abil­ity to en­joy de­li­cious cof­fee with­out the fear of a huge im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment. These cap­sules are made of com­postable bio-plas­tic and will start to break down soon af­ter their con­tact with wa­ter. Coco Sa­far’s City Roast col­lec­tion takes the very best qual­i­ties of some of the big­gest cities in the world, and con­tains them within a Third-wave cof­fee cap­sule. The range in­cludes Napoli, Man­hat­tan, Ha­vana, Saint-tropez and Lis­bon. They are also the creators of the world’s very first Grade-a Rooi­bos cap­sules – Stel­len­bosch is their Green Rooi­bos cap­sule, and Kaap­stad is their Red Rooi­bos cap­sule.

Most re­cently, Coco Sa­far added the world’s first botan­i­cal mi­cro-brew­ery to their al­ready im­pres­sive of­fer­ing. These in­clude Red and Green Rooi­bos Cold Brew, Citrus-cof­fee Cold Brew, and Rooi­bosin­fused Tonic Wa­ter. Health nuts can rest as­sured that ev­ery­thing pro­duced at the mi­cro-brew­ery is only sweet­ened us­ing the best and purest maple syrup – which Coco Sa­far im­ports from Canada, nat­u­rally. Their en­tire range is avail­able in bot­tles and on tap, so sit down and en­joy the flag­ship Coco Sa­far – a soon-to-be global brand.

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