Superb coffees out and about in Walmer.

Superb coffees out and about in Walmer.

Dempsey’s Guest House is surrounded by delicious coffee pit stops, we are spoilt for coffee choice in Walmer.

Urban Espress owner, Donovan McLagan, National Cup Taster Champion has won the national title for fourth time in seven years. Dozens of people from regions across the country participated in the Speciality Coffee Association of Southern Africa Barista Championships, held in Cape Town earlier this year. McLagan will be heading to Dubai in September to battle it out against the best coffee specialists from 42 different countries. McLagan, a former engineer, gave up his job more than 10 years ago to start up his growing passion. “On a trip to New Zealand in 2004, I realised how big the coffee culture is over there and decided to make my own coffee, grinding my own beans, and it kind of just spiralled into a business from there,” he said.

25 6th Avenue , Walmer 

Article from The Herald: Athena O’Reilly

the herald, article athena O'reilly, photograph werner hills

The Herald, article Athena O’Reilly, photograph Werner Hills

Then on Main Road Walmer, Mike Chizeya of Micoffee fame has just been awarded “Coffee Personality of the Year” hosted by Coffee Magazine at uShaka Marine World Aquarium. Passionate about his coffee, staff and business, Mike is deserving of this fabulous award, delivering impeccable service along with friendliness at all times.       152 Main Road, Walmer.

the herald, article naziziphiwo buso, photograph fredlin adriaan

The Herald, article Naziziphiwo Buso, photograph Fredlin Adriaan

Right behind Micoffee is Banneton Bakery, Café and Bistro, another great stop-off for a richly decadent coffee.       154 Main Road, Walmer

Further on up and over Main Road is the home of Brioche Food and Coffee…indulgement starts at 7am!   181 Main Road, Walmer

A bit closer to home on Heugh Road, is Como Caffé, an Italian restaurant, coffee shop and deli.  Como Caffé brings New York City’s “Little Italy” to Port Elizabeth.     86 Heugh Road, Walmer

come caffe, photograph k.rath, dempsey's guest house

Come Caffe, photograph K.Rath, Dempsey’s Guest House

A few more firm favourites for ‘coffees of note’ in Walmer, are:

Cobblestone Bistro and Bakery   40 6th Avenue, Walmer

Bocadillos on First: 22 1st Avenue, Walmer and Bocadillos on Sixth: 42 6th Avenue, Walmer


The bocadillo or bocata, in Spain, is a sandwich made with Spanish bread, usually a baguette or similar type of bread, cut lengthwise.

When next you beetle off to Bokkadillllowzs… remember this: How to pronounce “Bocadillo” in Spanish:



The buzz at 154 Main Road, Walmer, Port Elizabeth.

The buzz at 154 Main Road, Walmer, Port Elizabeth.

Some more rearranging of the furniture in Walmer has brought with it a ‘buzz’. We’ve been watching the changing space at No. 154 Main Road, Walmer, barely 2kms from us Dempsey’s Guest House. If we remember correctly, it all started years ago with the opening of The Scrapbook Nook and then Execu Cut. Alongside them was Casa Rosa Florist and then up popped Pro Natural and quite soon thereafter Micoffee. ProNatural and Casa Rosa have moved over to the new wing and Mike and his Micoffee are now stationed up front near the road, a coffee ‘drive through’ we believe. Go Mike! The 2 Fat Butchers have left our immediate neighbourhood and are now trading next to the new Banneton Bakery and Cafe. And behind but not last, Cupboard Love has moved from their Richmond Hill premises. We popped in the other day to take some photos. We will wait awhile until ‘the dust has settled’ before we take some more photos and bring you some more news and information on the businesses in operation there.

154 main road walmer

154 Main Road, Walmer

micoffee 'drive through' almost completed

Micoffee ‘drive through’ almost completed

neat execu cut

Neat Execu Cut

the scrapbook nook, where it all started

The Scrapbook Nook, where it all started

micoffee's aroma

Micoffee’s aroma

154 main road, walmer

154 Main Road, Walmer

Gift of coffee from Vietnamese guest at Dempsey’s.

Gift of coffee from Vietnamese guest at Dempsey’s.

A kind Vietnamese guest staying at Dempsey’s Guest House, surprised us a with a gift pack of coffee with a coffee filter included, all the way from Vietnam. He demonstrated how to use the coffee filter and insisted that we add condensed milk for the real Vietnamese effect. You cannot scare us with condensed milk! It was a sweet, strong experience. Thank you Trung!


neatly packaged coffee with filter from vietnam

Neatly packaged coffee with filter from Vietnam

long strong process, condensed milk was added, yumm

Long strong process, condensed milk was added, yumm

Come to Cobblestone for comfort food.

Come to Cobblestone for comfort food.

This delightful breakfast and brunch, bistro, bakery and coffee shop, home of the decadent Magic Bar…is a mere block away from us at Dempsey’s in Walmer. Owner managed since December 2012 by Clarence, Lilian and Divan, this cheerful spot can boast about friendly, attentive service and reasonably priced, delicious comfort foods. Cobblestone Bistro and Bakery is famous for natural grained breads such as ciabatta, honey and mustard, peppadew and feta. Ask after the interesting chef’s daily specials such as yellowtail, oxtail and pepper crusted pork fillet.

We fancy the different e.g. :- a Portuguese Omelette, a Chicken and Nut Pizza, Portu-Greek Kebabs, a Bagel oozing with Campagnolo Salami, Camembert and Fig Preserve, or a Nibble Platter. Cobblestone offers a superb collection of goodies for the sweet tooth such as:- Magic and Benedict Bars, Chocolate, Butter or Almond Croissants, Red Velvet Cupcakes, Chocolate Caramel Bon Bons… a luscious lengthy list, go and see for yourself!

We’ve shared their Mmmmagic Bar before, take a peek:

Cobblestone takes bookings, ‘walk-ins’ are welcome, their venue is good for groups or parties, there is comfortable outdoor seating. Cobblestone Bakery is wheelchair friendly.


Clarence, Lilian and Divan van Rooyen

Cobblestone Bistro and Bakery

40 6th Ave


Tel:           041 581 0182




Hours of trading:

Mon and Tues: 07:30 – 17:00

Wed – Sat :        07.30 – 21:00

Sun:                    07:30 – 14:00












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




“Brioche” for good coffee and good food

“Brioche” for good coffee and good food

Another food and coffee gem about 2kms from us at Dempsey’s Guest House is “Brioche“. This spot is set in a quaint old Walmer house with warm wooden floors and high ceilings, it’s light and vibey, a great space in which to indulge in good food and good good Illy coffee. Decadent breakfasts, fresh crisp salads, carrot cake and cinnamon buns, pavlovas fit for royalty, cappuccinos to die for- and they’ve started baking traditional mosbolletjies on Saturdays …spoilt for choice!

So what is brioche? It is a highly enriched bread of French origin, the high egg and butter content gives it a rich and tender crumb. It is light and slightly puffy. It has a dark, golden, and flaky crust, frequently accentuated by an egg wash applied after proofing. Brioche is commonly eaten at breakfast or as a snack —  is often cooked with fruit or chocolate chips and served as a pastry or as the basis of a dessert with many local variations in added ingredients, fillings or toppings.  Brioche is eaten with dessert or tea, but also has numerous uses in cuisine. Common brioche dough is suitable for coulibiac and fillet of beef en croute

Right next door to Brioche is “With Love“, a beautiful gift shop we have already presented to you.

Contact Ilse at Brioche:

181 Main Rd Walmer

Tel: 041 581 2136     Cell: 082 576 7106


Open: Mondays to Fridays 7.30am to 4pm and on Saturdays from 7.30am to 3pm

On their “Brioche Pop up Fair”: “Designers have been hosting monthly “Pop-Up Shops” at BRIOCHE since June 2012. We are proud to say that it has been a very successful trial run. Now we are ready to expand to a variety of unique products and would love for you to get involved !”
Stalls to hire: 30 Spaces available, each stall holder gets a space of 3m x 2.5m.
For more info on stall fees & availability:
Contact: Este: 082 927 5986                Marjorie: 082 345 8821               email :