By Anita Draycott
OK I admit it. I am a coffee snob. I make it my mission to find the best espresso and baristas everywhere I go. In Cape Town at Truth I’ve hit the jackpot.
Owner David Donde has made coffee his lifelong passion and Truth, at 36 Buitenkant Street, is a shrine to the beans.
The centerpiece of the coffee emporium is a 1940 Probat cast iron roaster. I’m told there are only a few left in the world. The roaster is fueled by re-cycled cooking oil from local restaurants.
You’ll get the traditional espressos, cappuccinos and flat whites here, but you should also try some of the specialty coffees concocted by the baristas. Sunrise Espresso, for example, combines a double shot with a dash of fresh orange juice in a martini glass. Sound terrible; tastes great.
The scene at Truth is described as “steampunk.” Think neo-Victorian retro punk inspired by the 19th century steam-powered machines. The wait staff wear outlandish costumes including funky hats, aviator goggles, leather jewelry, aprons and vests. The décor is an eclectic collection of antique organs, typewriters, safes and books. They have the longest communal table in town.
If you’re really serious about your java, Truth offers barista courses for fun or your future career in coffee.
Truth also serves fantastic breakfast and lunch.