It was a big night for Cape Town’s Rosetta Roastery and Johannesburg’s Bean There Coffee Company as they walked away with top honours at this year’s FNB Coffee Magazine Awards. The winners were announced at a prestigious gala dinner hosted at Durban’s Waterfront Hotel on Saturday, 29 June.
Rosetta Roastery won the Roastery of the Year award with their head barista, Simnikiwe Mkhize, taking home the coveted Barista of the Year award. Bean There Coffee Company was named Team of the Year with the company’s Cuth Bland taking home the coveted Excellence in Coffee Award.
“I can’t believe it!” said Mkhize, addressing 200 invited delegates at the awards’ ceremony. “This award is because of my team, my customers and my friends.” Mkhize, who is originally from Durban, is also the reigning Western Cape Barista Champion and the 2017 KZN Barista Champion.
The FNB Coffee Magazine Awards were initiated in 2018 to bring South African coffee professionals together while recognising and celebrate excellence within the industry.
The 2019 FNB Coffee Magazine Award Winners:
Dedication to Education Award
Dave Bassett – Woza Coffee
Best Cafe Design
Excellence in Coffee Award.
Cuth Bland – Bean There Coffee Company
Best New Cafe
Best New Roastery
Bluebird Coffee Roastery
Readers Choice Award for Favourite
Readers Choice Award for Favourite Franchise
Seattle Coffee Co
Best Alternative Brewing Experience
Origin Coffee Roasting
Barista Trainer of the Year
Belinda Flynn – Flynn Coffee
Coffee Personality of the Year
Winston Thomas – Winston Douglas Consulting
Coffee Team of the Year
Bean There Coffee Company
Cafe of the Year
Roastery of the Year
Barista of the Year
Simnikiwe Mkhize – Roasetta Roastery