Counter culture at Pauline's, SA's first stand-up coffee bar
Cape Town's coffee renaissance continues with the advent of Pauline's in Sea Point, brought to you by Jon-Paul Bolus of Loading Bay fame
The stand-up coffee bar is here, SA's first. Pauline's has opened in Sea Point, introduced to the vibrant seaboard neighbourhood by Jon-Paul (JP) Bolus of Loading Bay fame.
Common in cities like Rome, Melbourne and Manhattan, the concept now finds itself in the Mother City where, by all accounts, the coffee renaissance continues unabated.
JP has always had an eye for fine style and excellence and, at Pauline's, the coffee is supplied by Woodstock-based speciality roasters Rosetta, rated by many aficionados as one of the best in the business.
Select a latte, long black or flat white and the baristas can advise combinations favourably suited to each of the three single-origin varieties on offer.
Sample the Kenyan Ndaro-Ini, with its full and sweet red-grape acidity and notes of black tea. Or try the Ethiopian Beloya OCR, which is crisp and sweet with citrus, jasmine and stone fruit notes. Then there's the Javanese Frinsa Collective, which has aromatic herbal elements combined with spice and brown sugar sweetness.
A small food offering is on display with ready-to-go cold-pressed juices and health jars, plus an array of pastries like ginger and seed muffins, vegan millionaire's shortbread, Swedish cinnamon buns, traditional Babkes made with Honest's dark organic chocolate, and a selection of gluten and sugar-free options for banters and calorie-conscious snackers.
The interior is minimalist, pulling focus away from the décor and towards the drink. JP explains that Pauline's, named after his grandmother, is a continuation of the journey with Sans, his newly launched ethical grocer and home goods store, two doors away in the Artem Centre. "Our objective is to prepare and share a wide offering of coffee and connect people to the source."
Next time you're on the commute, slip inside, order your brew and stand a little. It's time for some counter culture, literally.