By Trisha Harinath

It was in Arabia that coffee beans were first roasted and brewed. From the Muslim world, coffee spread to Italy, and from there it made its way to the rest of Europe, later reaching America where it became popular during the Revolutionary War.

Today coffee is drunk throughout the world. According to David Donde from Origin Coffee Roasting, the South African market is catching up fast with its international counterparts.

Amarula African Coffee is rich and fragrant. It evokes visions of luxury combined with the raw energy and passion that is modern Africa. Buonino is a designer brand of tea and coffee that has its roots set firmly in Africa. All of their coffees are grown in Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania. Understanding the need for environmentally friendly coffee, Vida e Caffé has gone green, so to speak. They use beans that are grown on a single family-owned farm, which is sustainable and environmentally friendly. Beaver Creek Coffee Estate and Redberry Coffee of Origin is a local coffee supplier that provides only 100% South African-grown coffee, as well as a range of single origin coffee from Latin America, Africa and Asia.

Just as the quality of coffee beans has increased over the centuries, so too have coffee machines. The new Miele CVA5060 and CVA5065 automatic coffee makers from Miele bring the coffee barista into your home. Miele’s new range guarantees to make the perfect cuppa every time. Lavazza machines, available from @home, make espresso-making as easy as ever. Also available are the coffee capsules (to be used in the Lavazza machine) that are individually sealed, ensuring perfect freshness and sensational aromas. Whirlpool’s built-in coffee machine, the ACE100IX, is fully automatic with an autostart facility. Yuppiechef’s KitchenAid Burr Grinder is guaranteed to help you with your early morning grind.