For your ­daily coffee fix

The first local branch of the Seattle Coffee Company is now open.

10 December 2018 | Art and Entertainment

Gerine Hoff - If you can't start your day without a coffee fix, then the coolest place to get it right now, is the Seattle Coffee Company that recently opened its doors at The Grove Mall of Namibia.

Having been selling their wares from a mini Airstream in the parking area, it was great seeing the coffee shop officially open. And locals have embraced this new entrant into the coffee market.

Not quite knowing what to expect, the family headed over to the shop to see for ourselves. While the space is large with lots of seating both inside and out, this is definitely more of an order and go establishment.

We were there shortly after the doors opened one Saturday morning, and the hope was that we could grab something to eat. Alas, the staff on duty told us that a small selection of artisanal snacks, muffins, sandwiches and pastries were still being prepared and would take a while.

Thankfully though, there were chocolate chip cookies for the kids, date squares for me, and – before totalling up our order which you place at the counter – a croissant with ham, cheese and tomato arrived in the display fridge, which the hubster grabbed which would be enough to tide us over to a full breakfast elsewhere.

Naturally the star of the show is the coffee, even though it was only hubby that ordered a latte (with choices between short, tall or grande, regular and decaf with full cream, skinny, soy or almond). Since it was already a scorcher of a day, I ordered a berry freeze and the kids opted for a cho­colate freeze each, along with our snacks.

After paying, you can take a seat until your order is called. I can't say how long this takes when they are busy, but our goodies were ready in a jiffy.

As a matter of interest, according to their website, the Seattle Coffee Company was created by the husband and wife team Alley and Scott Svenson, whose inspiration was born out of their experience of specialty coffee brands in their hometown of Seattle. Their first shop opened in London in 1993, with a franchise in Cape Town's Cavendish Square opening in 1996. Two years later, Starbucks bought out Seattle UK, but the brand continues to thrive in South Africa, with 200 stores and counting.

They say that at Seattle, they try to recapture the artisanal approach towards coffee.

Of course this comes at a price.

To sum up, hubby, who is turning into more and more of a coffee snob, was very impressed with his drink and snack, as were the kids and I. However, it did not come cheap. N$220 later, we would have liked to have fuller tummies. But, if your budget is limited and you'd like to test the Seattle Coffee Company's goods, there is a Baby Foamy (a demi cup filled with foam and a splash of chocolate) at the bargain price of N$5.50.

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