The Bean Green Coffee Company, best coffee in South Africa

The story so far

The wonderful effect of the coffee plant was first discovered back in the 9th century by the goats in Ethiopia. We are grateful to  those goats. We are also grateful that the goatherd Kaldi had the courage to follow their lead and try some of those little red berries himself. A few hundred years and a number of happy coincidences later,  Peter Winter, proprietor of The Bean Green, found his way into importing the green beans straight from the place it all started and beginning on the road to opening his own roastery in Durban.

Throw in the perfect little spot on Helen Joseph Road in Glenwood, a dynamic father-daughter duo, a 40 year old turntable and a killer collection of 1970’s vinyl and you know all you need to know about our operation.

These are the people behind the beans:

This is Peter. aka “Master Roaster”. The man who started it all.  He had a dream and that dream was roasting coffee from his very own spot. The Bean Green is his domain. He appreciates simple excellence and that is what you get here. No frills, no fuss, just outstanding coffee. He doesn’t take much in life seriously except Manchester City football and coffee. Start a conversation with him, you won’t be disappointed.

This is Mel. Daughter of Peter and co-founder of the Bean Green. She was the original Bean Green barista helping to take the café to a three year reign (2009&2010&2011) as Café Society’s Best Cappuccino in Durban and cementing Bean Green as a favourite coffee spot in Durban. She has since started a new coffee related business in The Coffee Magazine, a national magazine about coffee culture. However far she travels in her new coffee career, she will always call 147 Helen Joseph home.

Screen Shot 2017-07-11 at 2.38.40 PMThis is Andile. Andile has now been with the Bean Green for 6 years and is part of the spirit of our operation. He came to us through the Umthombo Children’s Home and he and Peter had an instant connection. Now he is head Barista and apprentice roaster and can always be heard keeping our customers entertained!