Local cultish destination for hipsters and Cape Town’s coolest kids, Truth Coffee in Buitenkant Street, was lauded as the “Best Coffee Shop In The World” by no less than vaunted travel journo Tom Midlane on Microsoft’s popular MSN Travel segment.
The centrepiece of Truth’s Cape Town HQ is the daringly different interior design, referred to as ‘Steampunk’ by founder David Donde.
“Steampunk is often described as Victorian Futurism, but is perhaps better explained as what happened when Goths discovered the colour brown,” says Donde proudly surveying his territory. “Dark colours dominate, don’t expect a well lit airplane hanger here. Coffee wasn’t meant to be cheap and cheerful was it?”
“Colossus” at its centre
The Haldane Martin designed steampunk interior of the Truth HQ is planned around a vintage coffee roaster. The lumbering cast-iron barrelled Probat is affectionately named “Colossus” and sits in the centre of Truth Coffee Roasting’s new head quarters.
A raw metal cage surrounds the stage, allowing it to be safely viewed as it roasts away on its flames. “You see, coffee has always been steampunk!” exclaims Donde. The space is more holistic than you’d expect, with details being considered down to the Little Hattery-made uniforms.
“The coffee inverse is also a source of items in tune with our space,” continues Donde, “and Africa’s only Slayer espresso machine dominates the Victorian pressed ceiling and leather clad bar. Steam has been the Barista’s power of choice since the beginning!”
Also atop the bar is steampunk artist Professor Jones’ Mad Steampunk Coffee Dispenser. A clockwork marvel, weighing about half a ton, and comprising over 2500 parts, many of them salvaged. See the video here:
Haldane specified a five barrel coffee dispenser. “Our philosophy adorns our walls, laser cut into what other than a huge piece of raw leather.”
Expect to be served in antique crockery and cutlery and of course oak boards.
The space has been recognised internationally with it being the only African finalist ever in the ‘World Bar and Restaurant’ design awards and MSN travel UK announcing us as the world’s best Coffee Shop.