21/08/2013 14:15 | By Shanna Jones/Barcroft Media, MSN Travel
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Truth Coffee Shop: daring to be different



Truth Coffee Shop, Cape Town, South Africa (© Shanna Jones / Barcroft Media)
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There may be an identikit coffee shop on every street corner these days, but there are still some out there who dare to be different.

As you can see from these pictures, Truth Coffee in Cape Town, South Africa, is quite definitely not your average Starbucks, Costa Coffee or Caffé Nero.

Exposed metal pipes run across the ceiling, while the cool hangout is littered with ornaments including vintage typewriters, Singer sewing machines and old candlestick telephones.

Taking pride of place centre stage is Professor Jones’s Fabulous Coffee Bean Contraption, an enormous retro-futuristic coffee machine which brings to mind the creations of eccentric inventor Heath Robinson.

The machine, designed by Chris Jones, works on a crank handle and ratchet system, with each cylinder of coffee assigned a lever.

When one of the levers is opened, it starts a chain reaction which opens a series of gates, releasing exactly 225g of coffee into a packet below.

The coffee shop’s eccentric decor was inspired by steampunk, a science fiction sub-genre heavily influenced by the imagery of nineteenth-century heavy industry.

The venue's stylings were the brainchild of interior designer Heldane Martin, who hit on the idea after noting the similarities between coffee roasters and espresso machines and the steampunk aesthetic.

The visual theme extends to every inch of the coffee shop's 1500m² space, from large saw-blade tabletops to restrooms featuring copper pipes, old extending mirrors and victorian tap levers.

"People have been pretty bowled over by the design," part-owner David Donde, 43, said.

"It does tend to attract more interesting, quirky people than your standard coffee shop."

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7Comments
27/09/2013 11:43
27/09/2013 11:33
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love it, love it, love it!   i am a Capetonian living abroad and can not wait to go there!!
27/09/2013 12:54
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Love love love it, I want one here, always wanted a coffee shop and this is def how I would style it.  Come to Harrogate UK and I will  run it for you ;-)
30/09/2013 11:42
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Nice job, David. Well done to you and all the team!
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I know it's different and I applaud their enterprise but I'm not liking the look one bit :-(
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