Bread Milk & Honey

Overall Rating: 7.250

Address: 10 Spin St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Parliament & Plein Sts.
City, State ZIP: Cape Town, 8001
Neighborhood: Gardens
Phone: +21.21.461.8425
Hours: M-F 6:30am-4pm
Type of Establishment: Bakery
Cafe Rating: 7.20
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 7
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: La San Marco
Coffee Rating: 7.30
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 1.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Origin Coffee Roasting
Cup Manufacturer: Fortis Hotelware
Price: $1.85
Last Update: 12/08/2010
First Reviewed: 07/07/2010
Notes: Outdoor Seating

This breakfast spot near the Parliament is often frequented by well-heeled, manicured parliamentarians - and for good reason. They have excellent baked goods and good (often very good) coffee. Out front they have a few wooden sidewalk café tables under parasols advertising themselves and their use of Origin coffee. Inside there are many café tables that extend to a back room. The chalkboard menus provide a heavy emphasis on the coffee service here - advertising the occasional oddity like the "Big Daddy" quad shot of espresso. Using a newer, red, two-group La San Marco behind the counter, they pull short shots with a mottled medium-brown crema for R13. The crema isn't too distinguished, and it has a simpler flavor of mild pepper and cloves. But it has one of the richer bodies for Cape Town espresso. The staff can particularly excel at microfoam and latte art, but it can be day-to-day inconsistent with milkier, weaker drinks with thinner milk body on occasion. (And here "flat white" = "cappucino" [sic].) Come for the breakfast or people-watching, and there's a good chance the coffee is worth staying for as well.