Mugged Style Cafe

Overall Rating: 6.850

Address: Shop 1, Perspectives Building, 37 Roeland St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Buitenkant & Hope Sts.
City, State ZIP: Cape Town, 8001
Neighborhood: East City
Phone: +27.84.589.4665
Hours: M-F 7am-10pm; Sa 9am-10pm; Su 9am-3pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 7.00
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La San Marco
Coffee Rating: 6.70
Aroma: 7
Body: 6
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Sibon
Cup Manufacturer: Continental
Price: $1.45
Last Update: 07/22/2010
First Reviewed: 07/07/2010
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

This East City café masquerading as a lounge offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, a full bar, and coffee. In front along the sidewalk there are a couple of stools on a wooden platform at the building entry, whereas inside it's designed like a modern lounge/bar. The free Wi-Fi here attracts a less clubby set. However, the theme is actual mugging - down to the height markers in feet along one wall as if it were a gas station used to regular stick-ups. Using a red, two-group La San Marco at the bar, they pull shots with a 13-bean Sibon blend that reminds us a bit of Illy: a thinner medium brown crema, and a flavor of spice and some mild pepper with Illy-like woodiness. Served in Sibon logo cups with two sweets on the side for R11.