Every year the Strategic Thinking students get given a project where they have to develop a strategy for an existing business. This year we decided that they should do the project on the Department of Coffee, one of the most epic businesses in Cape Town. We brought Wonga, one of the founders, to speak to the class last week Friday.

Department of Coffee started around 5 years ago when a three friends decided they wanted to bring “coffee culture” to Khayelitsha. At the time the only coffee available in the township was the instant kind, and they wanted to change that.

Since then they have opened a number of stores around the city. And they’ve been featured in national and international¬†news (including CNN, KFM, SABC and more).

They have had some ups and downs though. Last year their main shop was broken into and all their equipment was stolen. But through a crowd fund and a generous individual donation, they were able to get things going again.

These three have done wonders in bringing coffee culture to the township. I can’t wait to see what our students produce for them. And I can’t wait to see them grow in the future!

If you want to see more, a former UCT student put together this video on the Department of coffee


(Quick shoutout to Kayleen... Happy twennyNOYN!

Image is from Travelground and can be accessed here. I sadly forgot to take a picture during the lecture

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