CMA Nominees: Best Franchise 2022

Monday, 28 November, 2022

Hey cafe -crazy commuters! These cafes have been deemed the best franchise cafes in Mzansi for 2022. This Award is presented by Dartpac

Motherland Coffee 

Motherland Coffee has continued to open stores in some really cool locations - from high street, to malls and shopping centres. Their motto is “The centre of the Neighbourhood” and that’s exactly what it feels like having coffee and a tasty bite there. Their menus are diverse enough to be interesting yet, simple enough to make a quick, easy decision - from breakfast cups, to wraps, bagels, sarmies and salads. The coffee is always great, their baristas are well-trained and friendly, and they champion African coffees exclusively as well asbeing Fair Trade aligned. Motherland have an innovative “Motherrands” rewards initiative and they deliver for free, for orders over R400! Drink the love at Motherland!


Bootlegger have followed up their rapid expansion in the café game with some pretty cool ideas around community. From their "guarding the sea from plastic" campaign, to creating an exciting “After Dark Nite Menu” they have added a realm of depth and focus to their brand and stores. Bootlegger have been innovative in the community activation space while always anchoring their offering down with solid, consistent and classy cafe experiences. They have also been very active in rolling their delicious offerings out across food delivery platforms in their areas of operation.

vida e caffe

Life and Coffee. vida has a been a pioneer in the sector for the past 21 years - and they have not only come of age, but are pushing the boundaries in terms of their purpose and their offerings. Their “passionistas” as the baristas are called - always bring the vibe and back it up with incredible coffee and food. Vida has led the charge in terms of product innovation, with items like CBD coffee and mushroom coffee featuring on their menus this year and they even scooped an award for their mocha iced caffe RTD! They aim high for healthy with a whole vegan beverage offering and concentrate on customer from start to finish. Obrigado vida!

Seattle Coffee
Seattle has always prided themselves on working hard to maintain a craft element to their offering, despite the radical growth in both store locations and staff. They live by the mantra “the way you like it” which means they aim to get people the coffee and food that they want to enjoy - from tiny takeaway kiosk to full blown cafe experience. Always popping up in new, trendy locations, with a team of incredible people leading the company - Seattle is a home away from home for any coffee lover.  


It’s still pretty early in their South African journey, but Starbucks under their new management certainly have upped the ante in the franchise category. Keeping the global standards of the green mermaid is no easy job, while at the same time seeing South African Starbucks partners excel, such as Phuti Mmotla, who was named 2022's best Starbucks barista in EMEA after the championship final in Milan, means they are doing a fantastic job! Always on the money with their seasonal offerings, a very strong global menu and the power of the brand behind their retail offerings make Starbucks a front runner for this year's award.

The winners will be announced at the Coffee Magazine Awards 2022 at the CTICC on Saturday night, 3rd December 2022.

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