Coffee Magazine Awards 2021: And the Nominees are...

Friday, 5 November, 2021

We are extremely happy to present the world with the Nominees for this year's Coffee Magazine Awards. The goal of these Awards is to honour the people and places in coffee that make coffee culture in South Africa great. Often, because it is the hospitality industry, this work goes under-appreciated. We want to celebrate the coffee community!

This year, we opened up the Nomination process to the public as we realise that in order for this platform to grow and become more and more inclusive, we need to keep expanding our horizons, so we are so grateful to the over 500 people who took the time to fill in the nomination form. As we have done in previous years, our previous nominees and winners were also asked to submit their nominations for the year that has past. Nominations have been open for a month.

It took a long time (much longer than we thought, with so many worthy names put forward) to work through all the categories and the various nominations. We researched, we verified, we counted. We had to narrow it down though and so we present to you, the 2021 Nominees...

These Awards, important to the continued improvement and upliftment of our industry, would not be possible without the support of our sponsors. Onwards and upwards. Thank you!

Dedication to Education

Presented by Ciro Coffee Academy

This award is handed out to the person or company who has dedicated their time and passion to coffee education, over and above what is required from their 9-5 responsibilities. Always willing to share knowledge with those who want to learn.

Previous recipients: Lani Snyman, David Bassett, Nicodemus Nabakwe

Khulekani Mpala

Abby Berman

Stevo Kuhn

Cuth Bland

Imile De Villiers

Michael MacDonald

Neil Maree

Tintswalo Tshabalala

Excellence in Coffee

Presented by  Morrico Specialist Coffee Supplies

This Coffee Professional strives for and achieves excellence in their chosen area of the Coffee Production Chain. They are innovative, are recognized as a leadership figure in their field and are constantly inspiring others around them. Previous Winner: Jono Robinson, Cuth Bland, Percy Chikwira

Chad Goddard

Ettienne Broodryk

Carol Corlett

Sebastian Schneider

Nicodemus Nabakwe

Dario Scilipoti

Donovan McLagan

Lizaan Alberts

Best Cafe Design

Presented by Visionworks Optometrists 

The spaces created for coffee add equally to the experience of enjoying that coffee. Here are some of the most beautifully designed spaces in SA, a feast for the eyes!

Previous recipients: Big Dog Cafe, Franschhoek, Pauline's CT, Legado Coffee Stellenbosch

Barn Owl - KZN Midlands

Father Coffee - Kramerville

Manaka Coffee - Polofields crossing, Midrand

Jarryd's - Seapoint

Morning Glory - JHB

Le Parc by Tasha's - JHB

Barista Trainer of the Year

Presented by Hostex 2022

These nominees are the very best Barista Trainers in the land.  They teach and inspire, they train and they serve. They impart wisdom learned from thousands of hours behind the espresso machine and their subject matter is technique, science, aesthetic and service.

Previous Recipients: Johnson Sehoro, Belinda Flynn, Stevo Kühn

Armie Vanucci

Hayley Arendse

Teddy Nzama

Christopher Abrahams

Stevo Kuhn

Winston Thomas

New Category: Best Coffee Packaging

Presented by The Coffee Bag Company

Have you seen a bag of coffee on the supermarket shelves or at your local roastery that made you go, oooooh! Roasters put a lot of thought and effort into representing their coffees in the best possible way and packaging design has become more and more important over the years. These companies have produced some of the favourites in 2021.

Sorcery Coffee Roastery


Seam Coffee

Father Coffee

Red Truck Coffee Roastery

Terbodore Coffee

Bluebird Coffee Roastery

New Category: Best Health Cafe 

Presented by Red Espresso

A new Category to celebrate health and wellness in the café space. Cafes that embrace alternative flavours and ingredients and have a focus on health and well-being. Think creative ingredients, beautiful colours and all in the name of feeling good!

Rootbar - Cape Town

Mo'orea Juice and Coffee Bar - Plettenberg Bay

Lexi's Eatery - JHB 

Fresh Earth Cafe - JHB

Nouriti - Durban North

Outstanding Woman in Coffee

Presented by Visionworks Optometrists 

In a male dominated industry, we want these nominations to shine a specific light on women doing the most to make spaces more inclusive, uplift other women and challenge stereotypes.

Amy Gardiner

Jamie da Silva

Simnikiwe Mkhize

Carol Corlett

Alicia Steyn

Fikile Khuzwayo

Maryke Schoonwinkel

Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year

Presented by FNB

Starting and running a business is really, really difficult, for anyone who attempts it. This particular category is dedicated to those entrepreneurs who have, against all the odds, despite challenges like a pandemic, tricky locations and lack of seed funding or access to it have come out swinging and we salute them. This Award is for coffee businesses dedicated to growing coffee culture where once there was none. The mavericks out there building community from the ground up, bootstrapping and making dreams come true.  Previous recipient: Department of Coffee

Siki's Koffee Kafe - Khayelitsha

Home of the Bean - JHB

Thando Coffee Company - JHB

Fiks the Coffee Queen - Durban

Famous Sisa - Grahamstown

Best New Cafe 

Presented by Red Espresso

Cafés are meeting places, they are spaces of community, business meetings, collaborations and first dates. We see new Café’s opening every month and the standard is increasing year on year – from better equipment, higher quality beverages, better service, to choice of design and outfitting, to creative seating, flow and ambience. Great toilets and bathrooms (everything counts!), and a fitting menu. Most of all though the criteria for this is based on the Café that opened in the last 18 months that has created something special where before it there was nothing.

Previous recipients: Dear Maria, Holiday Coffee, Bluebird Coffee Roastery

Now Coffee - Durban North

Pang Specialty - CT CBD

Home of the Bean - New location, Maboneng

Millwick's Cafe - George

Rosetta - New Location, Bree Street

From Ground Up - JHB North

Skyline Coffee - New location, Salt Rock

Best New Roastery

Presented by Sevenoaks Trading

This category seeks to recognize Roasteries that have opened in the last year (up to 18months) and are gaining reputations as up and coming in the South African scene.

Previous recipients: Thirdspace (SEAM Coffee), Bluebird Coffee Roastery, Roast Wolff Coffee

Exhale Coffee Roastery - Cape Town

CP Coffee Roasters - Mossel Bay

Lucky Dice Coffee - Stellenbosch

Roasters Mug - Dundee

The Machinist Coffee Co - Kloof

Cuppa Coffee - Nigel, Gauteng

Best Franchise

Presented by The Coffee Bag Company

Employing the bulk of the barista work force and satisfying tens of thousands of coffee lovers everyday, the Franchise coffee companies are an integral part of the coffee landscape.

Previous winners: Seattle Coffee Co, vide e caffe

Motherland Coffee

Seattle Coffee Company


W Cafe

New Category: Best Supplier to the Industry

Presented by FNB

The behind the scenes companies that make life easier for cafes and roasteries that keep you happy on a day to day basis. Think espresso machines and maintenance, packaging, take-away cups, green beans.

Equipment Cafe

Sevenoaks Trading


Electrical Industries 


More Flavour

Morrico Imports

Ultimate Water

Best Alternative Brewing Experience

Presnted by Hario

AeroPress, Chemex, Siphon or V60 pour-over to name a few!  Who makes a black coffee seem like an adventure into a far-off land and creates a flavour explosion like no other? Please tell us your nominees for the best alternative brewing experience in South Africa for 2021.

Previous recipients: EspressoLab Microroasters, Origin Coffee Roasters, Espressolab Microroasters

Rosetta Roastery - Bree Street

Origin Coffee Roasters

Father Coffee

Velvet Coffee

New Category: Best Cafe Community Award

Presented by @home

This Award is to the teams who have created a loyal base of regulars who would ride-or-die for their favourite cafe. We decided to introduce this award, although it was not a category in the nominations, as through the over 500 people who took the time to fill in the Nominee form, it is clear to see that some cafes have people that just absolutely love their work, and we LOVE that.

Red Truck Coffee Roastery

Heavenly Coffee

Skyline Coffee - Morningside

Simple Bru Coffee

Bruder Coffee

Boston Coffee

Bliss Coffee Roastery

Coffee Team of the Year

Presented by BWT Africa

One of the most coveted awards in the industry! The Coffee Team of the Year Award recognizes that it is people that make a coffee company great – From the Owners who create a happy, respectful and creative ethos, to the staff who live the brand daily.  A successful team is one in which all the people in the space uphold the same values and consistently serve with excellence and are rewarded well for doing so, creating a diverse and healthy team culture.

Previous Recipients: Bean There Coffee Company x 2, Rosetta Roastery

Deluxe Coffeeworks

Bean There Coffee Company

Skyline Coffee

Lineage Coffee

Beaver Creek Coffee

Sevenoaks Trading


Cafe of the Year

Presented by  Morrico Specialist Coffee Supplies

This award goes to the establishment that has consistently created an amazing cafe experience for its patrons, serves great coffee along with exceptional food, excellent service, great ambience, design and most importantly, a loyal community of patrons. This is a bustling 

Previous recipient: Truth Coffee, Thirdspace, Seam Coffee @ Thirdspace

Humble Coffee - Durban

Barn Owl Coffee - KZN Midlands

Jason's Bakery - Cape Town

Father Coffee - Kramerville

Coffeeberry - PMB

Gapp Cafe - George

Terbodore Cafe - Franschhoek

The Whippet - JHB

Starling's Cafe - Claremont

Salvation Cafe - JHB

Roastery of the Year

Presented by Bühler

The nominees in this category are the Roasteries in South Africa that have forged the path for speciality coffee in SA. They continue to push the boundaries of coffee roasting by sourcing the best coffees, investing in the latest technology, by collaborating, sharing and engaging with the global roasting community, by educating, informing and inspiring their customers – wholesale and retail and finally, by putting the highest quality coffee into the market that can make South Africa stand amongst the best coffee roasters in the world.

Previous recipients: Rosetta Roastery x 2, Father Coffee


Father Coffee - JHB

Gegrond - Pretoria

Pause Coffee Roastery - Garden Route

Beethoven Coffee Roasters - JHB

Quaffee - Constantia

Bluebird Coffee Roasters - Howick

The Black Sheep Coffee Company - Malmesbury

Barista of the Year

Presented by La Marzocco South Africa

Barista of the year is not limited to competitive coffee competitions but is the barista all-rounder. They are the barista who epitomizes what it means to understand, to respect and to serve up amazing coffee experiences. They are masters of extraction, technique and technical understanding, but most of all they cherish that it’s not just about the coffee served, but in the serving. This category is specifically for baristas who work behind the bar everyday and always make their customers feel like they're special, we salute you!

Previous Recipients: Winston Thomas, Simnikiwe Mkhize, Kgune Dlamini

Marcus Tlhomelang  - Bean There Coffee Company

Teddy Nzama - Starbucks 

Neli Dinabantu - Origin Coffee Roasters

Gareth Prior - Urban Brew

Kgune Dlamini - Lineage Coffee

Grant Vraagom - Simple Bru Coffee

Fikile Khuzwayo - Mr Price Foundation

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