Over the next while we’ll be introducing you to some of the locals who hang out at the cafe. Most of these guys visit us daily and we’re just so stoked that they are a part of this Factory Cafe family!
This week we’d like you to meet Jeff. Its rather fitting that he’s the first to be mentioned as Jeff was probably the first customer here at the factory. He’s watched this place evolve from nothing to something over the past few years.
If you ask Jeff why he keeps coming back day after day he’ll tell you that is because of the coffee. He loves the way it tastes and thrives off of the caffeine kick it gives him.
Friendly, easy to talk too, full of good advice and very polite, Jeff is such a pleasure to see everyday.
Next time you’re at the cafe be sure to give Jeff a hi-5!
At the cafe we like to do this thing called “Guest Gramming.” We get a person in for a month to take photo’s for our Instagram account (@thefactorycafe). This person could be a photographer, have a passion for coffee or just be a rad person who loves Durban. This month we had a chat to our Grammer, Pippa Rowney.
1. What do you do?
I like to call myself a Communications Consultant. I manage my blog, Coffey and Cake and I do social media for small businesses.
2. How did Coffey and Cake start?
It started because I had a lot of free time when I lived in Joburg. I used to have lots of coffee dates with friends so I was always visiting cool coffee shops. I then started taking some photo’s of the cafés and writing blog posts on then. The name is a play on words of my maiden name which is Coffey.
3. Tell me more about Coffey and Cake?
I really want it to be a platform where credit can be given to people in the industry for what they are doing. It’s mainly about letting people know about small independent cafés which are awesome. It’s a tool for coffee shops to use to get their name out there.
4. What do you love about coffee?
The taste and how it connects people. I really love the coffee culture that is growing here in South Africa. Coffee is bringing people together and it’s really fun.
5. What’s one of your favourite things to do?
To visit coffee shops with my hot ass husband.
6. If you could give a large group of people a piece of advice, what would it be?
Don’t compare your start to someone else’s middle.
Come spend Saturday morning at the cafe and listen to the sweet tunes of Faye and Wren. They’ll be playing from 11am.
There will be killer coffee and tasty treats for you!
Faye & Wren’- a collaboration of two South African singer/songwriters (Wren Hinds & Faye Oakes) .The Durban duo have crafted an original, minimalistic & honest sound and recently released their debut EP titled ‘Volume One’ which is out now on Durban based label, South Sea Records. Listeners can expect an original sound that captures a timeless place accompanied by a sincere style of writing.
Even though summer is technically nearly over, lets be honest, it’s always summer in Durban. So come take a look at the rad vintage sunnies that will be at the cafe from Wednesday to Friday.
Bring a mate, grab a coffee and check out the vintage talent!
Coffee lovers, barista’s and those who dream of one day opening a cafe, you really don’t want to miss out on this one!
Craig Charity, South Africa’s current barista champ, will be at The Factory Cafe this thursday to educate, inspire and connect.
Date: Thursday 20th February
Time: 6.30pm for 7pm
Drinks and snacks will be provided.
For more info check out The Coffee Mag.
If you’re at all involved in the creative industry you really don’t want to miss out on the 2014 Durban Design Indaba. This event aims to inspire, equip and really draw out your creativity!
The simulcast has a live satellite link to the conference in Cape Town so you’ll get to watch all the incredible speakers in real time.
The event dates are 26-28 February 2014 and tickets are available from Computicket.
Bringing you special methods to think out the box
Come along to our place this Saturday morning to “make happiness a habit.”
This free talk with western Buddhist monk Kelsang Phuntsog is a fun, open and friendly morning designed to inspire and help you think your way to a problem free life. Enjoy some delicious Colombo Coffee and great advice in the urban setting of The Factory Cafe.
Everybody is welcome to pull in and learn some great ways of thinking out the box!
When: Saturday 15th February at 10am.
Everyone welcome December’s guest grammer, Lee Geldenhuys. Lee works for Hello Pretty, which is an online store marketplace for South African independent creatives. If you want to find Lee on her Instagram look for @leegeldenhuys.
Where do you hale from?
When you aren’t Instagramming, what fills your days?
I work for hellopretty.co.za – I started as an intern and they never let me leave! I absolutely love it though. It becomes quite all-consuming, and I’m always in trouble with friends and family for constantly being on my phone.
How would you describe your Instagram style?
Um, does “trying on all the filters until I find the one that looks the least awful” count? I don’t really have a style – to be honest I’m really just making all this up as I go along!
What are you favourite scenes to shoot?
For my personal account, I’d have to say my dogs. I’m *that* person (although rather dogs than babies). For Hello Pretty, I try get the products some good exposure, because we’re lucky enough to deal with amazingly talented designers, with some candid photos thrown in to remind our followers that we’re actual people. And people seem to love a selfie!
How long have you been on the Instagram bandwagon?
I made the jump to iPhone last Christmas (best decision I’ve ever made) and Instagram was the first app I downloaded.
If you could travel any place in the world right now, where would it be?
That is a tough one! All of us at Hello Pretty HQ are really passionate about travelling (hence the appeal of being able to work remotely), and we’re contemplating an all girls trip to Hong Kong. I’d also love to visit Northern Europe – I’m a sucker for Nordic type design, and would kill to visit places like Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.
If you could have one superpower, what would you choose?
Healing broken hearts and ridding the world of Bitstrips.
What is your favourite thing about Durban?
The weather! When I was living in Pretoria, I physically craved the mist and humidity. My skin felt like sand paper for six years.
What’s your standard coffee order at Factory Café?
A cappuccino. So delicious.
Words of wisdom that you live by?
If it doesn’t teach you something or make you laugh, leave it behind.