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Haas Coffee Collective

My first blog post on i live under a rock. And of course it has got to do with food.

Weekends in Cape Town are a mad rush to find brunch. Whether you've just climbed down from Lion's Head or you're only crawling out of bed nursing a pounding headache from the antics of the previous night - there's only one thing on a Cape Townian's mind on a weekend morning. Brunch. And coffee. Stat.

Of course, living in a city where the view is more important than the food, most places that are high on the recommended list fall dismally short when it comes down to the crisp in their bacon or the farm freshness of their milk. That's where I come in.

I am, what you call, a brunch seeker. I love cooking but on a Sunday morning - after a night of wine (or beer) and torturous high heels, the last thing I want to be doing is waking up early, let alone firing up the grill. So we resort to finding someone else to do the cooking for us. I have to forage for places that don't break the bank and still serve up great food with brilliant views to appease those who eat with their eyes.

This past Sunday, I was definitely more concerned about coffee than I was with food so we decided to pop down to Haas Collective. Situated on a corner in Bo-Kaap, it has got plenty culture and colour surrounding it. Cobbled streets with one grey Haas nestled amongst the multicoloured houses. This place is filled to the brim with beautiful bits and gorgeous bobs for you to admire and to take home, it also is home to really great brew. Double shot espresso for me and flat white for hubby. Sorted. The brew was great. Flavour, depth and something magical. Just the thing to perk you up in the (late) morning. The brekkies did come in a close second. Omlette and their haaspitality breakfast (their hash browns are delightful!) hit the spot. Big enough to fill you up and still managing to be delicious and delicate in flavour despite its size. Not at all what you'd get at your local fast food joint.

If you like puffy armchairs and silk soft furnishings as well as curious porcelian sculptures - and don't want to lower your standard of food - then this is the brunch place for you. Be sure to grab a bag of beans and try it out at home. Well roasted and makes a mean cappuccino for your weekday cuppa.



Dillon Kin

Dillon Kin is the founder of I Live Under a Rock. He writes about travel, life in Cape Town. Dillon is a foodie, coffee snob and photographer.

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