I have always been a fan of great minds that could conjure an entire world with fantastical flora and fauna, the characters that made their lives there and how they survived. Minds like that of J RR Tolkein. Where dragons pose an almost unstoppable danger. In one book, feared and revered, in another book, used as tools of war and fanciful flight.
So it is no surprise that I would sometimes journey to another fantastical place where Steampunk exists. If you have read a couple of my posts, you will know I fancy coffee. So imagine my excitement when a chance opportunity presents itself to visit somewhere i have been dying to go. A smile welcomes me in the form of the famous doorman, Jeff Baya, opening the doors to Truth Coffee in Cape Town. Stepping into Truth Coffee is like climbing onto the pages of one of these books.
So with minimal time (sadly) available I thought to myself “What are the three biggest questions I have asked myself before coming here?” Come on. You can’t tell me you are not curious? Okay, drumroll please…… herewith are the questions and answers.
What does the interior of Truth look like?
Industrial globes hang from piping to illuminate a long wooden table full of patrons. These happy folks are all talking animatedly, drinking their hot or cold beverage of choice and some eating a meal that looks good enough to make a full tummy growl (or at least your head convince your stomach its hungry). This is the coffee shop voted number one in the world by the UK Telegraph. While South Africa sports many excellent coffee shops and roasteries, this one has been causing a stir (you see what I did there? 🙂 ) for a while.
There are leather seating booths which remind you of something from a diner that Al Capone would have visited where larger parties can be seated. The walls bearing pictures and posters from a bygone (or is it future?) era. To the side of the seating area a skeleton sits on a silver mounting and watches over the barista while ensuring that the perfect shot is pulled into a take away cup.
The main serving area is something that drops your jaw. So well designed is this interior that Haldane Martin won a gold Loerie for communication design in the interior design category. My excitement at walking around and examining it was positively doubled. There is such attention to detail and the genre of steampunk that one could gain an entire education on it right here. Copper polished pipes, type writers, armour, chandaliers, lamps, bustiers and posters.
Not to mention the creative lighting. As mentioned before, you have teardrop globes hanging from tubing, creative chandeliers and various forms of lamps that are eccentric and beautiful.
What is the atmosphere like?
Well, to put it mildly – the atmosphere is buzzing. (Or was that just my excitement of finally getting to Truth?) You have a combination of people doing business with laptops used for presentations to family groups sitting in booths laughing and talking, and then the couples gazing happily into each others eyes (was that a caffeine rush or true love?) and friends joining in the jovial atmosphere.
You feel interestingly enough like you have stepped into the future and past at the same time.
An experience that is very steampunk and so well translated here.
I asked our leather waistcoated hostess if Truth is always so full. Looking a tad nonplussed she gazes around and says they are quite empty. So perhaps get there early if you don’t want to stand in queue and be on the waiting list 😉
Is the coffee all that?
Well, I know they are rated the best, but it is still a valid question. The simple answer is yes. But I imagine a little more explanation is necessary.
Pick your poison! You have a variety of hot caffeinated beverages to choose from, or if you prefer cold brew coffee, there are a few of these choices too. Of course the menu has great variety to cater to a varied number of tastes. My fav, a Mocha Coffee, was smooth, silky and the perfect balance between coffee and chocolate. Not too sweet, not too much acidity. Perfect!!
Also of worthy mention is the fact that you can buy beans straight from the roastery to take home and extend your visit.
I bought a bottle of Cold Brewed coffee that was made over a period of 18 hours. I still have it and am waiting for a weekend to pour over ice in a pretty tumbler, sigh, and enjoy.
All in all, I had an amazing experience. Isn’t that what it is actually about. Yes, the coffee is important. No doubt. But you walk away with an memorable occasion to put in your memory bank. I figure that is worth talking about.
You can find these fantastic folk at 38 Buitenkant Street in Cape Town or call them on 021 200 0440.
So all in all, that be the Truth. Remember, you heard it here!
See you on the road…