As you know, I am a lover of coffee. A big lover. Almost as big as Rob used to be, before he shed the kilo’s and changed his life on Way of the Warrior.
There are a couple of things Port Elizabeth does well.
1. Host Ironman – sterling job done by Triangle Sports.
2. French Crepes – post race Nutella/Banana/Coconut/Peanut Butter crepes in the Boardwalk are legendary.
One of the things it does very poorly, in my opinion, is coffee.
I was so concerned about this, I actually went out and did something about it. Whilst being hosted so nicely by James I thought it would only be orderly if I was able to make the best coffee for morning consumption. This means unburnt, Ethiopias best, with steamed milk, not Mugg-and-Bean froth so big it looks like a Lady Gaga hairdo.
So I went out and got a Bialetti gift set. Looks like so…
Frother. Check. Coffee pot. Check. Next was the beans. Oh the beans. The flavors, the aroma, the taste of a fresh espresso on the back of the throat as it warms your soul. I wanted the best beans.
We are spoilt in Cape Town with coffee. Deluxe, Truth, Espresso Works are all here. I love all their coffee, but I wanted to try something different. I called on the head coffee snob, herd bull and otherwise known as my Dad. He has a habit of sniffing out these tiny little artisans who make fantastic product.
Son: “Kom weer?”
The conversation was going nowhere. I asked for a contact, and it came. I had a bit of a conversation with Louis from Oojah about why I should be buying coffee from him. Turns out they fresh roast it as you need it after having a mule cart it down through Africa to remain carbon neutral.
Oojah get only the best beans from only the best suppliers in the world. Louis was passionate and knew more about coffee beans than I know about, well… I should really pick up new skills after Ironman. Can’t seem to think of any right now.
So I ordered some beans to try, to combine with my Bialetti obsession. I was so excited that I made the first cup straight away, ignoring the fact that it was far too late in the day for more caffeine.
My Harrar was smooth and laced with a trace of chocolate. Ethiopian Harrar coffee beans are grown on small farms in the eastern part of the country. They are dry-processed and are labeled as longberry (large), shortberry (smaller), or Mocha (peaberry). Ethiopian Harrar coffee can have a strong dry edge, winy to fruit like acidity, rich aroma, and a heavy body. In the best Harrar coffees, one can observe an intense aroma of blueberries or blackberries. Ethiopian Harrar coffee is often used in espresso blends to capture the fine aromatics in the crema.
After the espresso I made one into a Flat White and that was magic. I didn’t have any of the tell-tale signs of caffeine overdose later and that dry, burnt taste (that is now commonplace in my ex favorite chain of coffee stores) was just not there. Fantastic.
I have no affiliation to Oojah, at all. I just think their product rocks, and its going to make my trip to PE this week that much easier. If you wanted to speak to them, they have a website, at Oojah.co.za and just click the contact page for some details.
So take that Port Elizabeth. Your lack of great coffee has been abolished. I urge all Ironman athletes to make sure they take their own coffee with them. Life is too short for bad coffee.