The Township Investor was a tribe introduced in our New Urban Tribes: Consciously Diverse presentation . This tribe aims to produce a variety of business opportunities while shedding light on the versatility of the Township Economy, thus creating a new narrative around how Townships are perceived. In this trend snack we look at a tribe which is an extension of the Township Investor: The African Barista. This sub tribe is taking the growing coffee culture to various townships. Below are some cafes that have emerged and progressed from the inception of the Department of Coffee in Khayelitsha and Kofi in Soweto .
Founded by Sikelela Dibela, the coffee spot aims to brew the coffee culture in Khayelitsha. Dibela opened the coffee shop in his mother’s garage after developing the knowledge and skill of this sector through working for Vida in Cape Town and London. The café has its own special blend which consists of 70% specialty beans and 30% Arabica beans.
Chris Bangira and Bulumko Govuza opened Langa, Cape Town’s first coffee shop in 2016. Situated at the Guga S’thebe Arts and Culture Centre, the baristas cater to local and tourist consumers. The duo plan to expand the brand and open another café bakery close to the Langa station which would allow for Langa residents to enjoy coffee and a pastry on the go.
Opened at the Langa shopping mall, the Boys Club Coffee shop was founded by Gugulethu residents Shaun Nkungwana, Mhlambi and Shannon Nombewu. The founders hope the café will do more than just serve coffee. The Boys Club Coffee shop also aim to offer local business owners a space to work in. The store has applied a hybrid store business model, as it is currently being used as an internet cafe, a place to sell digital hardware (CD’s, stationary and USBs) as well as an exhibition space, which showcases local clothing brands.
By Khumo Theko
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