I have days when I feel like a Pirate. I live on the doorstep of a treasure trove region and get to plunder it on a regular basis. Such is the Midlands Meander. So many gems, so little time. They funny thing is though, many of these places look fairly unassuming. But therein lies the trick. Savvy? The magic happens when you step inside.
Sometimes you just need time out. You need to let you soul rest and probably even more, your brain to chill out. Such is the kind of life that most of us live that you are constantly assaulted by decisions and choices to be made.
The Solution! The drive to Terbodore Coffee Roasters is peaceful leading through rolling farmlands that look like a patchwork quilt. The views whisper soothing to your soul (which is helped along by some good tunes in the car of course).
I have mentioned before – restaurants, cafe’s and coffee shops on the Midlands seem to have pets adopt them. (Is that when you know you are a local?) Terbodore is well known for this. So well in fact that their brand logo is the Great Dane that relaxes in the entrance and ambles between the restaurant and roastery. Children even refer to Terbodore as ‘the place with the big dog’. And a beautiful gentle Dane he is.
When you step in you immediately feel at home. Almost as if you have been here before. The new renovations have created more openness but also added more light to the interior and allowed for increased interaction with Marian, the owner and the barista, Sinjon, which is great because they are most affable. The recycling of the exposed bricks in the building is impressive from a green perspective (nice to have peeps doing their bit to recycle, reuse…) and along with the whitewashed wood, concrete screed and leather chairs, the atmosphere is conducive to a longer than expected stay. But this is no problem, because Terbodore have you sorted. There are plenty of sweet and savoury things to keep you occupied, along with (maybe if you ask nicely) a tour of the new roastery.
Sinjon shows me the picture of the original roastery when it all began for Terbodore. Things have continued to grow steadily since then in phases. From a small roastery to the addition of a restaurant and the new burgeoning restaurant and roastery. I chat with Sinjon about coffee and his views. His passion is to develop camaraderie in the coffee community and industry in the Midlands is evident; as is his skill in pulling a great shot and presenting exquisite latte art (I think the barista’s on the meander are fantastic artists). ‘Terbodore is about having a great coffee experience’ says Sinjon and asks if he can demonstrate his favourite method of making coffee. At my eager acquiescence he whips out an Aeropress and proceeds to demonstrate how it works, along with anecdotes of how he discovered coffee in high school and exchanged a career in journalism for following his passion in coffee. The resulting journey with Terbodore and their team will keep you entranced. Next thing I know there is a sweet little espresso handed to me with an aroma that gets your attention and lures you in for a taste. What a taste it is! The espresso is full bodied and so clean that there is almost zero acidity (cue Capetonian accent here …. Sweet!!). Could this mean world domination?? Oh hold on, coffee is already the second most traded natural product in the world (behind oil) so I suppose that is fairly on the way to being covered.
The restaurant is no different and exhibits the same excellence. The breakfast I had was the perfect portion size and the my taste meter was riding off the charts. The corn fritter was my favourite, especially when combined with the salmon. It was a breakfast that kept me going like a duracell bunny. So lucky are the travellers and wanderers that find themselves here.
I managed to poach a bit of a friends Rattatoulie breakfast. The flavour burst is so alluring I almost stole more off the plate. Bonus to have a tasty vegan option on the menu isn’t it 🙂
After lingering over the beautifully presented, delectable breakfast it was a short amble to see the new parking lot being built, when suddenly an alluring smell grabbed me and directed me to the roastery. Chocolate and coffee is one of the most heavenly smells, especially when paired. I meet Trevor as he exits the roastery mentioning he has chocolate remains on his hands while introductions are made. Could I pick a more perfect time to visit the Roastery?
The beans are hand chosen, personally monitored while roasting, hand packed, labels attached by hand. This personalised attention is exactly what makes this artisanal destination so popular.
The new roastery building also sports a new bigger brother to the current roaster. The production levels of the current roaster are 5 kg of roasted beans. The ‘bigger brother’ can handle up to 15 kg of roasted beans at a time. This brings new levels of excitement for the team but also complexity in terms of getting all the factors just right. With seconds potentially affecting the level of roast of your beans, you have to get your ducks in a row properly before you start. As I turn, I can see the current Mac Espresso roast being checked.
As I amble back down to the outside tables I see why folks in the area are so ardent in their support of Terbodore. If you are deciding to meander out on a Sunday, you may want to give them a call and book first to avoid disappointment. You can contact the friendly folks at Terbodore on 033 330 2380. With such a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere and personal attention, who could resist returning time and time again.
I know I will…
Until then, see you on the road….