Let me start off by saying I love coffee… I must have coffee stocked up in my cupboards no matter what! My love for coffee grew after transitioning from instant coffee to ground coffee. I have become a brat, in the sense that I refuse instant coffee – it tastes rough, and I can feel my tongue getting burnt from this kind of coffee. With that out the way, lets continue.

About 3 weeks ago, I bought a bag of Mastertons ground coffee from the Spar in my neighborhood. I love this brand so much, theyre coffee tastes amazing! This is a 250g bag of fine coffee, which ran out quicker than expected – I brew some in the morning, evening and, if I am working that day, I take some with me to work. The day came where my coffee reserve was all dry – a trip to Spar usually solves this snag. My most recent trip to spar was a heart-breaking one – they ran out of Mastertons coffee. This isn’t good news for me – if I don’t get coffee in my system for a day or two, I get a headache. After much thought, I decided its time I go straight to the source of this amazing coffee!

It wasn’t a good day in Port Elizabeth – the weather was terrible (strong winds, persistent rain), municipal workers were on strike, and the traffic was terrible, as a result of municipal workers blocking the roads with trash trucks. After a 20 minute ride on the taxi, and another 10 minute walk in Central, I got to Mastertons HQ!! I coould smell the coffee from metres away!!

The annoying road block causing terrible traffic
The annoying road block causing terrible traffic

I wanted to get the Ugandan Blend coffee – to my surprise, they don’t have it in stock, and they have not been receiving it for some time. I am led to beleive this blend is scarce – even in East London, Ugandan Blend coffee isn’t easily found (it’s not there, or it gets sold out fast). I asked what African blends they have, and I was happy to hear they have the Rwandan Blend – a friend on Facebook told me to try the Rwandan Blend. I picked the Rwandan Blend, Malawian Blend, and the Kenyan Blend (this is the AA quality blend). I initially planned on getting 250g bags of each blend, but, I opted for getting the 500g packets – The Spar in my neighborhood doesn’t stock African Blends, and I want my coffee department to stay sorted for at least a month (I drink a little over 1 litre of coffee in a day).

The bill came to R255.00 (approx. $18 USD). This excusion did not burn a hole in my pocket – it was payday a few days ago, and I am not part of those people who burn their earnings in the first week. After paying, it was time to catch a taxi back home. As I was walking down the road, I was snipping my coffee bags – a young woman noticed me sniffing this bag and she said “Enjoy it!”. She clearly knew what was going to happen once I reached home.

The coffee blends I bought at Mastertons
The coffee blends I bought at Mastertons

I got home, and the moment I’d been itching for finally arrived – it was time to serve some coffee! I decided I would start with the Rwandan Blend. I opened the packet and poured the contents into two containers. I took two table-spoon heaps of coffee and placed them in my coffee filter. I will be going at one blend at a time (I won’t open all these blends at once). With that all done, I fired up the coffee maker, and after a couple of minutes, the coffee was ready to serve! This was an exciting moment – I am drinking a blend I have not tasted before!! After taking pictures, and making the posts on Facebook and Instagram, I served the first cup of coffee… WOW WOW WOW!! OH MY GOODNESS!!

This blend is a great blend! It isn’t too strong, it is smooth, and it has that unique roast taste, hinging at the top of the taste (Does this even make sense?). This blend leaves an amazing after taste in my mouth. It was so good, I finished 1 litre of this coffee in under an hour – I was shocked because I usually serve my cups slowly.

This coffee trip was worth the time, money and effort! I didn’t let a “lack-of-coffee” headache, the terrible weather, or the municipality strike action put me down! I will definitely make my return to Mastertons – next time, I will be getting the South American blends!

My cupboard is complete!
My cupboard is complete!