Crater Coffees scoops coveted Award!

The Aurora International Taste Challenge was established to recognise and award food and drinks excellence internationally.

The Challenge is an international event held annually and this year South Africa was chosen to host the event.

Crater Coffees was honored to receive a Silver Award for our Route 59 Coffee Beans in this years Aurora International Taste Challenge!

Where coffee is more than just a drink


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Our very popular Choc Noir Coffee Beans received a rave review from the Coffee Magazine a fabulous monthly publication.

They had this to say about our beans:

“The espresso extraction was bang-on perfect, and filled our espresso cup with a rich, viscous shot and a lovely thick crema on top. We experienced a tart raspberry sweetness, medium body and medium acidity – with hints of dark chocolate.

But where this blend really shines is in its pairing with a luxurious full cream milk, kicking through to give a velvety mouthfeel and a flavour experience of chocolate covered raisins and fresh fruit cake.  Yum!”

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How, What, Who, Where, Why …

Who We Are

Crater Coffees was born in Parys, a small Free State town, located within the Vredefort Dome World Heritage area, where a meteor struck earth leaving a massive crater in its wake. Our hometown Parys and the Penny-farthing bicycle used in our logo were both derived from Paris in France. We are a proudly South African company.

Our Coffee

Our blends were developed to ensure that they cater for both the day-to-day coffee drinker, as well as the coffee connoisseur. We’re always looking for that something special in every cup, thereby living up to our motto – “where coffee is more than just a drink”.

Artisan Coffee

Artisan coffee roasting is a marriage of science and sensibility. The science involves controlling the roasting medium via the roasters knowledge of the roasting machine, the raw product (green beans) and the roaster’s visual and tasting sensibility. Brewing methods also greatly enhance the flavour of your brew; in fact, it’s the brewing methods that tend to be the hallmark of a great artisan coffee and that’s why… our coffee is more than just a drink!

Coffee History

The history of coffee dates back to the 15th century and the origin of coffee is thought to have been from Ethiopia. The earliest substantiated evidence of coffee drinking is in the Sufi monasteries of Yemen. By the 16th century, it had reached the rest of the Middle East, India, Persia, Turkey and northern Africa. The word “coffee” entered the English language in 1582 via the Dutch “koffie.”

There are several legendary accounts of the origin of the drink itself. One account involves Sheik Abou’l Hasan Schadheli’s disciple, Omar. According to the ancient chronicle, Omar was once exiled from Mocha to a desert cave near Ousab. Starving, Omar chewed berries from nearby shrubbery but found them to be bitter. He tried roasting the beans to improve the flavour, but they became hard. He then tried boiling them to soften the bean, which resulted in a fragrant brown liquid. Upon drinking the liquid Omar was revitalized and sustained for days. As stories of this “miracle drug” reached Mocha, Omar was asked to return and was made a saint.


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