Vuyile Msaku, Wongama Baleni and Vusumzi Mamile of Department of Coffee

“Cappuccino” is the new buzzword around the station thanks to Wongama, Vusi and Vuyile, three local heroes and the proud owners of Khayelitsha’s very first coffee shop, the Department of Coffee.

Opened in July and situated next to the train station, the Department of Coffee was made possible through a job creation organisation called the Ministry of Service Delivery (MoSD). The concept of the MoSD originated after a group of likeminded individuals came together and decided that a hands-on approach to job creation was needed in South Africa led by those who have the means to drive such projects.

Vuyile, or Lolo as he’s more affectionately known, trained as a barista and worked at a number of establishments including Vida, Woollies and Food Lovers Market before getting involved with the DoC and passing on his skills to Vusi and Wongama.

DoC offers all types of espresso based coffees as well as filter coffee, tea and hot chocolate, muffins and fresh fruit juices. A cappuccino goes for R8.50 and the DoC are serving a blend of beans that has been specially roasted for them.

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