This downtown espresso bar and roaster was co-founded by Carl Wessel and former Origin roaster, Judd Francis. It’s a tiny, tiny spot with room for only three stools at the espresso bar, two stools along the shop window counter, and two inside chairs.

Entrance to Deluxe Coffeeworks in Cape Town Close-up of Deluxe Coffeeworks' front window

Deluxe Coffeeworks Inside there are worn, wooden floors, artsy touches like cacti and odd sculptures (not to mention the Vespa skeleton on the wall, giving the guys behind SF’s Vega something to lust after), a short wall rack of coffee accessories, and good rock music for the slacker set.

There’s also a roaster for on-site roasting behind the barista counter, if you can believe it. How they get this all to fit into one tiny space reminds one of a Japanese commuter hotel/locker.

Every drink is R10 (about $1.30) — milk or not — which is a bit of an unusual pricing strategy for anywhere. Using a two-group WEGA, they pull shots with a semi-thin, mottled medium and dark brown crema. It sits a little high in the cup, and this is reflected in the thinner body. Flavorwise, it tastes earthy with pepper and some tobacco. Served in classic brown ACF cups.

Read the review of Deluxe Coffeeworks in Cape Town, South Africa.

Barista at the tight Deluxe Coffeeworks pouring steamed milk Window counter view inside Deluxe Coffeeworks

The Deluxe Coffeeworks WEGA machine, with roaster behind it The Deluxe Coffeeworks espresso