David Donde: The importance of home grinding

The question is always waiting for me like a goon in the shadows. What espresso machine should I buy for home? Well dude, your partner is probably not going to allow that behemoth to live for long on the kitchen counter. Your huge fantasy coffee machine is going to make way for counter space eventually. […]

September 2, 2015
by David Donde
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Dax Villanueva: Olive oil competitions

Excitement is growing among local olive oil producers as the third quarter of the year is award season during which the top olive oils will be recognised and applauded. Three of the biggest olive oil competitions namely SA Olive Awards, Sol d’Oro and The ABSA Top 5 will take place in South Africa during the […]

September 1, 2015
by Dax Villanueva
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Dax Villanueva: A Wide River of Olive Oil

No conversation about South African olive oil can take place without the mention of RIO LARGO. This olive oil is South Africa’s top award winner since 2010 and loved by many. RIO LARGO is Portuguese for ‘broad river’ and this estate is situated on the southern banks of the Breede River, in the Scherpenheuwel Valley […]

August 3, 2015
by Dax Villanueva
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David Donde: Better beans – defining coffee quality

Quality sadly is too often reduced to a label printed on the front of a tin of the cheapest of instant coffees. That clearly isn’t right, is it? So what is quality coffee? Damned if the answer doesn’t require perspective. If you were hoping for a definitive response, you will have to read on and […]

July 29, 2015
by David Donde
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Dax Villanueva: The Story of The Yellow Tin

If I mention the name Badenhorst, you probably think of Adi Badenhorst and AA Badenhorst Family Wines. Understandably so, as Badenhorst wines have developed quite a reputation and Adi himself is quite a character. But not many people know that just as the Badenhorst family has established itself as a significant player in the South […]

July 3, 2015
by Dax Villanueva
with 0 Comments

David Donde: How to make great-tasting coffee at home

I am often asked how to make great coffee at home. Well, actually, I am usually asked “Which (overpriced) espresso machine should I buy?”. Presumably one’s life is better and more fulfilled with a shiny, huge, dust-gathering and divorce-inducing, Eskom-load-shedding triggering geyser- filled contraption sitting on the kitchen counter. My answer is such devices are […]

July 2, 2015
by David Donde
with 2 Comments

Anna Trapido: Eating our way out of extinction

Meat eating can be extremely destructive. The Take Extinction Off Your Plate campaign has expressed concern that global meat consumption is accelerating deforestation, drought, and other environmental crises. They argue that the livestock industry has driven many wild animals into extinction and that it is also responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than cars, trains […]

June 1, 2015
by Anna Trapido
with 0 Comments

Dax Villanueva: Olive harvest 2015

Many small olive producers have already finished their olive harvest and the big producers should be a few weeks away from completing theirs. After a very low yielding harvest last year, the producers are pleased to see a much better harvest in 2015, although certainly nowhere near a record harvest. The olive harvest starts after […]

May 31, 2015
by Dax Villanueva
with 0 Comments
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