TRUTH Coffee Shop In Cape Town, South Africa

published in: Restaurants/Bars By Kerry Flint, 14 September 2013

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photo © Shanna Jones, styling by Leasa Mensing.

Cape Town's much renowned and favourite coffee chain, Truth, has a headquarters that’s really worth shouting about. Imagine a ''steampunk'' inspired coffee shop in Cape Town, South Africa. Yes, you heard that right. It's a reality and a pretty fabulous one at that thanks to an incredible design by Haldane Martin. Truth and its aesthetic have created as big a buzz as the coffee it serves, brought to life by connoisseur David Donde. Here it seems great coffee in great surroundings is the order of the day and we’re certainly not complaining.

photo © Shanna Jones, styling by Leasa Mensing.

As the name suggests, Truth is a coffee company with strong and transparent beliefs. The company thrives to challenge convention and mediocrity endeavouring to provide the very best coffee which can be enjoyed in inspired surroundings. Metal piping and old machinery give the impression that something special's being created here, and that is the truth (pun intended) because the coffee that is created and served stems from a passion for the exquisite beverage itself and getting the maximum enjoyment from drinking it. The design focuses around a cast iron vintage roaster drum; the cast iron gives off radiant and convective heat making for a stronger flavoured coffee than other coffees brewed in the more common steel drums introduced in the seventies, and it is this attention to detail that is key to this coffee joint. The stripped wooden floors and the metal girders, mesh and lighting, casually hanging to enhance the space, create an exciting and industrial feeling that's almost like stumbling into a  secret members club from a bygone era hidden in a warehouse.

photo © Shanna Jones, styling by Leasa Mensing.

photo © Shanna Jones, styling by Leasa Mensing.

photo © Shanna Jones, styling by Leasa Mensing.

photo © Shanna Jones, styling by Leasa Mensing.

There is so much to behold in this space that it is overwhelming in the very best way possible. Like a great coffee it touches all of the senses; the eye skims the large space to take in vintage posters, metal piping and an old sewing machine and type writer displayed on the highly ornate main bar painted in metallic to bring out the detail and capturing light in what is otherwise a consciously dusky and sumptuous atmosphere. Here everything serves to complement everything else where the stripped wood, the worn metallic, the green paint and leather chairs are guaranteed to get even better with time. Opulent studded leather armchairs and booths create an intimate and grand atmosphere not usually associated with a standard coffee joint. But this isn't a standard coffee joint - as it’s like stumbling into something special, a place that has been created out of love and a passion for the product and experience.

A destination that offers first-class coffee, Truth’s headquarters are sure to win over any taste-buds in a space that guarantees to stimulate all the other senses too. Now what's not to love about that?!

photo © Shanna Jones, styling by Leasa Mensing.

photo © Shanna Jones, styling by Leasa Mensing.

photo © Shanna Jones, styling by Leasa Mensing.

photo © Shanna Jones, styling by Leasa Mensing.

photo © Shanna Jones, styling by Leasa Mensing.

photo © Shanna Jones, styling by Leasa Mensing.

photo © Shanna Jones, styling by Leasa Mensing.

 

photo © Shanna Jones, styling by Leasa Mensing.

photo © Shanna Jones, styling by Leasa Mensing.

photo © Shanna Jones, styling by Leasa Mensing.

photo © Shanna Jones, styling by Leasa Mensing.

photo © Shanna Jones, styling by Leasa Mensing.

photo © Shanna Jones, styling by Leasa Mensing.

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  • friend
    Kat | 2013-09-14 14:56:31

    Super like. Coffee, design & architecture lovers unite. :)

  • friend
    David Donde | 2013-10-01 13:04:02

    If you go to the Truth website there is a video up of our steampunk coffee contraption now

  • friend
    Cesar Tomaz de Paula | 2013-10-01 17:13:46

    My name is Cesar and my work in Brazil and enjoy specialty coffees. Working in a coffee exporter Mitsubishi group.I intend to live in Cape Town in 2014, I would like to know more about African coffees. My intention is to work with coffee in Africa.I would like to know proprietor of coffee.Regards,Cesar Tomaz de Paulan

  • friend
    Richard Ghent | 2013-10-10 18:04:24

    Very cool article - love the decor! I doubt I'll be able to make it to S. Africa anytime soon, but I would certainly make this coffee shop a regular if I could.

  • friend
    Tania | 2013-10-10 18:05:30

    Wow! This is an amazing coffee house! What a pity we can't enjoy the aroma via the internet. Beautifully designed spaces and displays of the machinery that processes/prepares the brew.

  • friend
    LLI Design | 2013-10-12 19:31:41

    The pipe work on the coffee machine is amazing, it would be great if they produced them as at home counter top machines.

  • friend
    Ogier | 2013-12-10 22:40:14

    Great! amazingly dense.

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