Only the best coffee from Masterton’s.

Only the best coffee from Masterton’s.

Their motto is:- “Constantly in Pursuit of Excellence”. They strive daily to provide only top quality coffee and tea, the highest level of service and unwavering loyalty to their customers throughout South Africa. They just get it right every time.

Masterton’s Coffee & Tea Specialists. Importers, Roasters and Blenders of Top Quality Coffee since 1924.

Founded by Ronald John Masterton in 1924, Masterton’s Coffee & Tea Specialists have been pioneers in the roasting and blending of top quality coffee ever since. They provide a personalised service selling freshly roasted coffee, both high grade coffees of single origin and a large assortment of their famed blends. Masterton’s also specialises in a wide range of flavoured dessert coffee blends, the finest decaf, a variety of fine teas and coffee accessories.

Their coffee is distributed nationwide, found everywhere from supermarkets, hotels, restaurants and coffee shops to the homes of private coffee-loving individuals across South Africa. Their very first bag of coffee was a Brazilian, costing 1 Pound 18 shillings and sixpence. Today they have a large variety of in-house blends to suit all palates, specially roasted and blended by the proprietor and roast master, James Masterton.

With the help of Deluxe Body Works their original 1973 VW Kombi delivery vehicle is back on the streets of Port Elizabeth! This vehicle would often have been seen travelling the Eastern Cape’s highways and byways throughout the 70s, 80s and early 90s, but now after almost 20 years in storage is set to continue its journey with Masterton’s as they strive to bring you only the finest hand roasted coffee, as they have done since 1924.

Their story of how it all began, (for those who neeeed the history) in their own words:-

“Ronald John “Jock” Masterton, born 13 November 1897, came to South Africa from Scotland in 1920 at the age of 23 after serving as an officer in the Black Watch regiment during the First World War. During the war, a fellow officer from South Africa persuaded him to make a new beginning in the land of sunshine. As soon as the war ended he did just that. “Jock” worked as assistant manager on the farm “Three Rivers” in Vereeniging where he met his future wife Marjorie, who at the time was visiting her uncle the farm manager. In love, he made the logical move to Port Elizabeth, Marjorie’s home town, where her father was the Harbour Engineer in charge of building the breakwater, which still protects the Port Elizabeth harbour to this day. With the aim of establishing his own business, “Jock” travelled to Ceylon (modern day Sri Lanka), where he studied Tea Tasting, sampling more than 400 varieties of tea in a day. Returning to Port Elizabeth he opened “The Tea and Coffee House” at 33a Queen Street (now Govan Mbeki Avenue) 4 December 1924, and later moved to 114 Russell Road from where we still operate today. In the early years of the business, Masterton’s specialised in supplying the Port Elizabeth with top quality leaf teas, as tea was the “drink of choice” back then. As the demand for coffee began to grow, we extended our range to include coffee, which today what we are famed for throughout South Africa.”

Info taken from their website and Facebook pages.


Masterton’s Coffee and Tea Specialists        (they are not in Walmer but not far from us at Dempsey’s)

114 Russell Road


Port Elizabeth

Tel:                     041 585 4044/5




Trading hours:-

Mon – Fri:         08:00 – 17:00

Sat:                     08:00 – 13:00

revamped masterton's vw kombi

Revamped Masterton’s VW Kombi

smell that coffee!

Smell that coffee!

masterton's, landmark in port elizabeth

Masterton’s, landmark in Port Elizabeth



trusty old vw kombi

Trusty old VW Kombi

shiny new

Shiny new

photo by sonia elliott

Photo by Sonia Elliott





  1. I love Mastertons coffee!!
    Definitely a must!
    My Favourites are “Sweet Italian, “Cameo on Black Velvet”, “Blend 97″& “Bolero” to name a few goodies.

    • Thanks for your comment Damien. I can’t name ( or remember!) all the delicious blends but Masterton’s Coffee saw me through many a long and exhausting day/night at Bruno’s Restaurant when Jack and I owned it. Jack has supported Masterton’s since 1979!

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