New coffee shop

2017-08-03 06:00
Boys Club Coffee shop owners Mhlanga, Shannon Nombewu and Shaun Nkungwana are inviting you for a cup. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Boys Club Coffee shop owners Mhlanga, Shannon Nombewu and Shaun Nkungwana are inviting you for a cup. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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Three Langa based baristas are dead set on creating a palate for the darker brew to ferment a long lasting and loving relationship with aficionados.

They say they also aim to develop a culture of connoisseurship among the township’s coffee lovers.

A month ago, Boys Club Coffee shop opened its doors at the Langa mall, near the train station, offering cups from as little as R10.

The business is the brain child of Gugulethu residents Shaun Nkungwana, Mhlambi and Shannon Nombewu, his wife and partner.

“We had the idea last year and decided to bring it to life this year. We saw that there was an opportunity for such a shop in our community,” said Nkungwana.

At the time of the idea the Nombewu’s were already running a similar business making coffee at pop up events.

Nkungwana told City Vision that they strive to be more than just a coffee shop but to accommodate local businesses.

“Apart from the great experience of having coffee, we have an internet cafe, sell CDs, stationery and USBs. We also exhibit local clothing brands with the hope that our customers can engage and be interested in local brands.

In that why we create a space where it’s not only our business that benefits,” he said.

But why call it the Boys Coffee Club?

Shannon Nombewu explains that the name came from her other businesses.

“Five years ago I started baking and I decided to start an initiative called the Girls Club where I teach young girls to bake.

So when we came up with this idea I thought we should continue from there and call it a boys club,” she explained. Training and skills development is still a strong component of this new business venture. “We also want to become a place where youngsters are trained in the art of coffee making.

We are looking for kids who have a passion for coffee making or those that don’t know what to do give them a head start.

We have some guys that we are training already so the plan is to take them in and train them for four weeks and they go and look for a job,” said Mhlambi.

He said that the first month has been exciting and was happy to see people coming in to experience good coffee. “Our entry level coffee is the flat white as a sort of introductory drink because we didn’t want to give people strong coffee. We do, however, hope that the more they come to our shop the more they will experiment,” he said.

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