Melissa's The Food Shop

Overall Rating: 5.350

Address: Shop 6195, Lower Level, Victoria Wharf
Cross Street(s): Lower level of the V&A Waterfront
City, State ZIP: Cape Town, 8000
Neighborhood: V&A Waterfront
Phone: +27.21.418.0255
Hours: Su-Sa 9am-9pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 5.50
Barista: 3
Savvy: 5
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: WEGA
Coffee Rating: 5.20
Aroma: 5
Body: 4
Brightness: 6
Crema: 6
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Coffee Roasting Co., The
Cup Manufacturer: Fortis Hotelware
Price: $2.10
Last Update: 07/25/2010
First Reviewed: 07/25/2010
Notes: None

Across the Illy-branded Love Revenge Cappuccino shop in the Victoria Wharf mall of the V&A Waterfront, this café is as much a gourmet grocer as a place to get a bite to eat and a spot of espresso. Decorated in red and white candy stripes, the café offers several small tables sitting amongst magazines and shelves of specialty food items. Using a three-group WEGA machine, they pull shots of stale-looking, even, thinner medium brown crema. It's overextracted American style, filled extra high in a larger demitasse. There's some fruit in the flavor of the pour, but otherwise it's mostly a watery pepper flavor that's not quite ashy. Overly expensive at R16. Their milk-frothing is OK, and we'd advise getting milk to balance out the volume instead of the water they currently use. Bad barista - bad, bad, bad.