Cup of Excellence – The Ultimate Coffee

Origin-coffee-roasting-cape townIf coffee is more to you than just a caffeine jolt, the Cup of Excellence awards are not to be missed. Known as the Oscars of the coffee world, they identify, assess and reward the best coffees available year by year. Any coffee farmer can enter, and the coffee goes through three stages of rigorous judging with the winning coffees being auctioned off to the highest bidder. 80% of the proceeds go direct to the farmers, the rest paying of the costs of the international competition.

Of course the coffees that win a Cup of Excellence award are the most prestigious in the world, and as different to your common or garden commercial blend as you can get. Continue reading

Cape Town International Jazz Festival

cape town jazz festivalThe 14th Cape Town International Jazz Festival is on this weekend from Friday 5th April till Saturday 6th. Over 40 international and African artists will be playing at the CTICC on four different stages bringing world class music once more to the Mother City.

Tickets are now sold out, but you can still get to hear some great music at the free community concert in Greenmarket Square tomorrow, Wednesday 3rd April, featuring the Brand New Heavies, Jimmy Dludlu and Candice Thornton.

South Africa at the Oscars

Searching for SugarmanTwo films that were filmed on location in the Western Cape are in with a chance at the Oscars next month; one of which has been an international music sensation and the other a short film that hasn’t yet made waves but which has been very well received at international festivals.

Searching for Sugarman is a documentary with the feel of a movie – the story is so well told, such a human drama that whether you love the music or not you are drawn in. It’s the story of Rodriguez, the Seventies singer whose two albums never made it at home in the United States but who was a huge hit and a mysterious legend here in South Africa. Continue reading

Go Up Table Mountain This Christmas!

Father_Christmas_and_the_Christmas_Fairy_on_Table_MountainTable Mountain is a happening place this summer! My favourite natural style icon is getting into the Christmas spirit with a few extra activities, as if we need any more persuasion to be whisked up in the cable-car for sundowners at the end of a long hot summer’s day.

Kids will be excited to know that Father Christmas and a Christmas fairy helper will be visiting the top of the mountain before setting out on their delivery round on Christmas Eve! They’ll be taking a break there on Christmas morning too, before heading back home to the North Pole. Continue reading

Supporting Causes African Style

Relate  bead braceletsThese stylish African bead bracelets are more than just a fashion statement – each bracelet is made to support an individual cause. The bracelets are an ideal way to raise funds and to show support for a cause and are the inspired idea of Relate – a South African not-for-profit social enterprise.

The idea is to create opportunities at every stage of the project. So the making of the bracelets provides income and skills training for unemployed township youth, the elderly in need of income to supplement meagre pensions or refugees struggling to make a new life for themselves. The bracelets are sold by the individual causes to raise revenue and the wearers feel a connection to the cause and know that their contribution is reaching those it’s meant for. Continue reading

Coffee Style

Origin Coffee Roaster logo-by-DEEPOrigin Coffee Roasting, Cape Town’s very own centre of the art of great coffee, now has a new logo and there is newly designed packaging to look forward to.

Not that their Cape Town de Waterkant headquarters isn’t already as stylish as you could ask for as a dedicated coffee aficionado!

With their own artisan roaster on site, a professional barista school an atmospheric cafe and a specialist tea room it’s a mecca for anyone who takes coffee seriously. Continue reading

Louis Vuitton Shoot by Annie Leibovitz Features Bono in Africa

Louis Vuitton ad with Bono and Annie Leibovitz in AfricaBono isn’t known for lending himself to advertising campaigns and he doesn’t usually take part in shoots without the band members of U2, but made an exception for this shoot which promotes something close to his heart. In 2005 he and his wife, Ali Hewson, started an ethical fashion label Edun, which Vuitton parent company LVMH have supported since 2009 with a 49% share in it, in their bid to promote a more sustainable fashion ethic. Continue reading

Film Locations – Around the World in South Africa Part 2

Tennents-lager-commercialAnyone who lives in Cape Town already knows how varied the landscapes are with our famous beaches, mountains and world class vineyards. But did you know that you can take a trip around the world without even leaving the Western Cape?

This is what the new Tennent’s Lager campaign demanded for their latest production. A three day shoot was all the time scheduled to put together a Victorian explorer style round the world adventure using pristine, uninhabited locations. All the locations are within 200km of Cape Town and some even within the city, as minimising travel time was key to fitting in the grand tour.

So next time you feel inspired to do a bit of globetrotting, perhaps you can save yourself the airfare and explore the varied scenery right in our own backyard?!

Tennent’s Lager used Stanford River, Atlantis Dunes, Kraalbaai beach, Silvermine Nature Reserve and Constantia Greenbelt for their locations in this commercial.

Get more inspiration for your travels from these beautiful  locations in South Africa.

See Part 1 of our Around the World in South Africa film locations posts for other film productions that make the most of the incredibly varied landscapes of South Africa.

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