Dax Villanueva: Morgenster and the development of the SA olive industry

Giulio Bertrand is well known in the wine industry for the excellent wines produced by his Somerset West wine estate Morgenster . But many people do not know that in 2012 the SA Olive Industry Association nominated Bertrand for a Lifetime Achiever Award in recognition of his contribution to the development of South Africa’s olive […]

May 11, 2015
by Dax Villanueva
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David Donde: Instant coffee be damned

I am reading one of the most inspiring books of my entire life right now. The Slow Fix by Carl Honoré. Fitting I guess as I pen a piece on instant coffee. As Honoré points out, we live in a world addicted to speed. Captivated by the quick and easy. Instant coffee seems a very […]

April 29, 2015
by David Donde
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David Donde: The world’s most expensive coffees

Over-priced, expensive or good value for money? As the price goes up the question becomes more relevant. Am I paying a premium for quality? Am I buying geekery? Or am I a victim of good ol’ Snake Oil shenanigans? Coffee enthusiasts have a bucket list. Those coffees that need to get sampled during this lifetime. […]

April 14, 2015
by David Donde
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Dax Villanueva: Three things you need to stop believing about olive oil

1. Imported oil is better than local oil The Mediterranean, especially countries like Spain, Greece and Italy, has a long heritage of olives and olive oil. Some of their trees are thousands of years old and they have been making table olives and olive oil for just as long. With all that experience, you’d expect […]

March 31, 2015
by Dax Villanueva
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David Donde: On sourcing the best coffee

The great thing about coffee for me, besides the pursuit of the perfect cup, is the international coffee community. As with any geeky pursuit, the experts tend to be a small community – in some industries, living in competition with one another, and in the best, like coffee, trying to learn from one another. Sometimes, […]

March 23, 2015
by David Donde
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Dax Villanueva: What do wine and olive oil have in common?

Wine and olive oil may seem like two very different products but in actual fact, they have a lot more in common that you might think. Variety Just as there are different types of grapes with different characteristics, there are different types of olives with different characteristics. There are in fact hundreds of types of […]

March 16, 2015
by Dax Villanueva
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David Donde: Where is the world’s best coffee from?

Which country grows the greatest coffee? There is a question that if I got a penny for every time I was asked it, I’d have a least a pocketful of copper. I’m not going to digress into the copper price at the moment, but to explore the great coffee regions of the world. First off. […]

March 11, 2015
by David Donde
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Tim James: Does wine feature in the perfect mustard?

I can’t be alone in never having (till recently, that is) wondered about the etymological and historical connection between “mustard” and “must”: on the one hand the condiment that comes in a variety of guises, and on the other the freshly pressed juice, skins, stalks etc produced in the first stage of vinification. I discovered […]

March 2, 2015
by Tim James
with 2 Comments
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