Coco Safar offers an all-encompassing coffee experience in Sea Point
In 2018, coffee is no longer just a drink to wake you up in the morning. It is a sophisticated experience and a growing culture. Coco Safar has realised this trend. Combining a sophisticated espresso bar with a coffee and rooibos brewery, the company is reimagining the concept of coffee. Add to that a luxury cafe environment and Coco Safar is set to be the hottest coffee joint in Cape Town – and it has only just opened. We went to have a look.
With multiple stores in the newly renovated Artem Centre in Sea Point, Coco Safar invites patrons in from all angles. An open espresso bar greets you on the left while a coffee emporium, complete with a state-of-the-art coffee roasting machine catches your attention on the left. Around the corner another machine endlessly mixes chocolate. Across the passage, the main atelier beckons with a host of tempting smells. The last stop is a botanical micro-brewery, bubbling away to produce sparkling Red and Green Rooibos as well as Coffee-Citrus and Rooibos-infused botanical tonic.
The atelier features design that merges steampunk with minimalism, resulting in velvet touches, brass finishes and exquisite detail throughout. A giant clock disguised as a compass, surrounded by constellations, perches on the wall, while elegant, decorated doorways usher in guests. Coco Safar collaborated with local craftsmen, artisans and manufacturers to create the bespoke furniture, decor and fittings. Like what you see? Take it home with you by perusing their on-site boutique.
Food-wise? Think fine-dining patisseries. The talented culinary team has had experience in some of the world’s foremost Michelin-starred restaurants. From plum and apricot galettes and a host of flavoured croissants to fluffy desserts and savoury marvels, Coco Safar has it all. And to go with it: the creamiest coffees in Cape Town.
While Coco Safar was conceptualised in New York and Toronto, Cape Town is the first location for its flagship store. New York will have its own later this year, complete with design and manufacturing by African artists.