Gcobani the barista warms it up

2017-06-29 06:02
Gcobani Gogoba serves coffee from his bakkie to commuters in Nyanga Junction.

Gcobani Gogoba serves coffee from his bakkie to commuters in Nyanga Junction.

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Commuters who use Nyanga Junction have been waking up and smelling the coffee for the past three years now, thanks to a local barista.

And all of this is taking place in the back of a bakkie, Kasi style.

Gcobani Gogoba, is the founder of Barista Cup, a coffee making business that has shown real growth since its inception three years ago. You name it, he’s got it: Expresso, capuchino, machiato, americano, flat white, coffe latte and cotaddo.

Gogoba, from Mau-Mau in Nyanga East, says that necessity was the mother of this great initiative and he is happy that he is ripping the rewards.

“It wasn’t easy at first as we suffered many losses. We couldn’t find an outlet for electricity in the Junction complex so we had to buy a generator. The people did not warm up to it(coffee on the move) immediately but we stuck it out. In fact , we suffered so many losses that if we didn’t have the heart for this, we would have long given up in the first year,” he said.

He said the other challenge was the ever immediate threat of crime.

“This other time we had people coming up to us, gun pointing us and taking money as well as our generators.

But with all those challenges, we managed to make it so far, we have a second home at the CPUT Roeloff Street in Cape Town. We are also looking to expanding into the Philippi Village,” he said.

He said that despite the initial and ongoing hurdles, he is happy that he took the plunge into businesses.

“The idea of selling coffee Ekasi began as early as 2012 when I was working at Camili Coffee Shop where I was trained as a barista and worked there for 8 months.

I left that job to work at a cheese manufacturing factory but the idea was still in my mind. In 2015 I decided to give it a go and I have never looked back,” he said.

It was difficult to manage funds and stick to business processes.

“My advice to young people that are looking into starting their own business is that they have to be resilient. They must also understand that it is they that lead their customers so they must know their product very well,” he said.

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