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Dax Villanueva: Four Essential Tips for Storing Olive Oil

Olive oil being a product of a fruit, unlike wine, does not mature with age and is at its best straight after pressing. The...

David Donde: Advice on starting your own coffee shop

Another week, another new coffee roastery opens up in the Mother City. Like some sinister underground movement, the number swells. Welcome to the dark...

Dax Villanueva: Introducing Chaloner olive products and preserves

The farm Falcon’s Nest, tucked away in the Stellenbosch Mountains just off Blaauwklippen road, is home to the Chaloner brand. This 14ha farm has...

Dax Villanueva: Vergenoegd – satisfaction has been achieved!

Satisfaction has been achieved. That’s the meaning of the word Vergenoegd, which is also the name of the first wine farm you’ll encounter on...

David Donde: Coffee roasting and the battle between darkness and light

“May I have that in a dark roast please?” is a bit like asking the hotel kitchen if it would kindly burn your toast...

Dax Villanueva: Baleia – the pride of Riversdale

There is a new compulsory stop on the Garden Route. If you’re travelling on the N2 through Riversdale, just before Mossel Bay, you’ll want...

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...

Marthélize Tredoux: On food, copyright and trademarks

A recent back-and-forth on Twitter between some winos and chef-types (see here) piqued my interest around the issue of protecting food (and, specifically signature...