Vida e Caffè

Overall Rating: 7.250

Address: Wembley Square
Cross Street(s): McKenzie St., btwn Wembley Rd. & Wesley St.
City, State ZIP: Cape Town, 8001
Neighborhood: Gardens
Phone: +27.21.465.8644
Hours: N/A
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 7.50
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: WEGA
Coffee Rating: 7.00
Aroma: 7
Body: 6
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Vida e Caffè
Cup Manufacturer: Protexca
Price: $1.35
Last Update: 07/03/2010
First Reviewed: 07/03/2010
Notes: Coffee Sales

In the high-security Wembley Square mall (just try and guess how to arrive on foot), this installment of the South African café chain fits the chain's model of Portuguese-themed, energetic coffee shops. Inside a mall court, they sport red plastic tables and chairs along with logo parasols (what for, we still don't know). High-energy baristas/servers decked in Vida e Caffè gear will shout out the orders in their ethnic tongues while Brazilian samba plays overhead. Using a four-group, white WEGA Nova machine, they pull shots that are also decidedly Portuguese. It has a thinner layer of a medium brown crema and a somewhat thinner body. The flavor profile is weighted more in the tobacco end of the spectrum, though they are quite excellent at producing dense microfoam with their milk. Served in a Vida e Caffè-logo Protexca cup with a 70% Lindt chocolate on the side. A decent deal at R10.50.