Cookshop

Overall Rating: 7.550


Address: 117 Hatfield St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Wandel & Dunkley Sts.
City, State ZIP: Cape Town, 8001
Neighborhood: Gardens
Phone: +27.21.461.7868
Hours: M-F 7am-4pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 7.80
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: WEGA
Coffee Rating: 7.30
Aroma: 7
Body: 6
Brightness: 7
Crema: 8
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 1.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Deluxe Coffeeworks
Cup Manufacturer: Crown Professional
Price: $1.70
Last Update: 12/09/2010
First Reviewed: 07/05/2010
Notes: None

Review
Opening in Nov. 2009, this tiny breakfast and lunch eatery is owned and operated by Ammy Cope & Tom Sheehy, who are major food enthusiasts. They have a few tables and benches under a small, covered patio, and they specialize in fresh baked goods and good coffee from Deluxe Coffeeworks. Using a stainless two-group WEGA, they pull shots with a medium and darker brown spotted crema. The crema may be thin in thickness, but it is visually rich. The resulting cup may run a bit thinner on body, but it has a flavor profile that's smooth, earthy, and more body-forward. Their milk frothing can also be rather impressive, as they blend the microfoam well with the espresso crema - often producing latte art. Lately, they've raised their game on occasion with their flat whites - namely better milk frothing and more consistent latte art - throwing down a challenge to the neighbors on good days. But this improvement hasn't been consistent. Served in delicate Crown Professional porcelain cups. R12 for singles, R14 for doubles, R15 for a flat white.