I love drinking coffee, cappuccino more specifically, so I am always on the lookout for new coffee shops. I was surprised to see that the Terbodore Coffee Roastery, which has its origins in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, had recently opened on Goederust Farm, in the building which previously was the farm stall. Terbodore adds to the excitement of the new pre-Franschhoek quality hub of La Motte, Leopard’s Leap, and Maison, all of which are in close proximity.

Marian Mackaskill started the operation in 2004 near Howick, and her son Michael runs the new Franschhoek roastery and coffee shop.  Marian grew up on the Terbodore farm near Worcester, the name created from the letters in the names of three family members.  They source Arabica coffee beans, freshly roasted on the property, from Costa Rica, Brazil, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Zambia, Uganda, Rwanda, and Guatemala. African Organic is dark roasted, and is made from beans which are the product of sustainable farming; Espresso Deluxe is also a dark roast, and has a rich flavour; Mocha Java is a medium roast, aromatic, with earthy and smoky tones; the House Blend is a medium roast, with floral aromas; Gold is a light roast, with a clean and balanced taste.  There is also a decaffeinated medium roast.  Terbodore sells interesting sounding flavoured coffees too, in Amarula Cream, Caramel Cream, Dutch Chocolate, English Toffee, French Vanilla, Hazelnut, Irish Cream, and Kahlua Fudge.

One can buy coffee in 250 gram packs at R36,50, and flavoured and the decaffeinated coffees cost R42. Hospitality plunger portions as well as flavoured coffee sachets are available too, as are plungers, filter paper, and milk thermometers. Bulk 1 kg packs cost R140 for the roasted coffee, and R165 for the decaffeinated and flavoured coffees.

The coffee shop has a rustic feel, and one sits at the counter, with more seating at a ledge against a wall. Sugar sticks are presented in a ‘blik beker’, cups are branded, and cappuccino costs R15, and a single espresso R10.  Small sweet treats baked on the farm are also for sale.

One can smell the wonderful coffee aroma of Terbodore when one enters Franschhoek, and is a friendly stop, with Michael behind the counter, and allowing one to catch up with Franschhoek locals as well as tourists.  Terbodore is supplying The Kitchen at Maison with a delicious special blend, and also supplies Proviant in Paarl, Mont Rochelle Hotel, Hussar Grill, B Fresh, and 5 Reyneveldt.

Terbodore Coffee Roasters, Goederust Farm, R45, Franschhoek.  Tel (021) 876-4716.  www.terbodorecoffee.co.za Twitter: @TerbodoreCoffee  Tuesday – Sunday, 8h30 – 17h00.

Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com Twitter@WhaleCottage