The sound of plates and cutlery tinkles in the background. A coffee grinder buzzes away. Steam rises from the barista station.

Industrial Coffee Works kicked off our burger tasting tour. With subtle live music in the background and gas heaters warming the place, it was a welcoming start to the day.

It definitely lives up to its name. The steampunk decor feels modern and up to date without feeling forced. It looks industrial, without the dirt and grime of industry.

The high ceiling diffuses the noise while copper pipe brings the lighting closer. Just because it’s industrial doesn’t mean you’re stuck in the dark, loud factories where other decor elements hail from.

Modern South African art adorns the wall where morning light streams through. A fresh start to the day.

A note from the organiser: As a first time visitor to Industrial Coffee Works I was pleasantly surprised by the sheer beauty of the place. It is my kind of place… and their coffee is amazing!

With friendly staff bringing out food plated beautifully on wooden boards, it’s not just a coffee joint (although the coffee is also fantastic). The classic Rebel burger was a force to recon with, with the Cafe Racer backing up the dare. Double trouble. We were also treated to their signature coffee drink, The Viking. This concoction is also worth going back for.

The bar has been set high for the day. Are the rest of the contestants ready?

Write-up supplied by Carika Barnard Havenga
Photos credited to Rohan Barnard from Photonaut

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Read the whole story:

Centurion’s Battle of the Burger
Industrial Coffee Works
GroundHouse Burgers
Fleisherei Bistro
Ed’s Diner
Die Bosvelder
Burger Bistro
The Godfather
The Results