Jay Caboz and Helena Wasserman , Business Insider SA
• Our team pitted Vida e Caffè, Seattle, Wimpy, McDonalds, Woolworths and Mugg & Bean takeaway cappuccinos against each other.
• One popular coffee brand scored a big fat zero out of 10, while another was deemed “wood in a cup.”
• The winner was Woolworths, with Seattle in second place.
Arguably the most important liquid fueling the economy, apart from petroleum, is coffee. And while everyone has their preferred brand of takeaway coffee, we were desperate to determine which one is the best.
We turned to an expert panel of Business Insider South Africa taste-testers to find our favourite. Our testers included Freeman Nofemele, a professional barista in Cape Town; Emily Cohn, head of audience development at Business Insider in New York, on visit in SA; and James de Villiers, journalist with Business Insider SA and self-proclaimed coffee addict.
The tasting team pitted Vida, Seattle, Wimpy, McDonalds, Woolworths and Mugg & Bean cappuccinos against each other. The testers were each served the coffee in unmarked cups and asked to score each cappuccino on a scale 1-10 (10 being the best).
Our testers included Freeman Nofemele, a barista in Cape Town; Emily Cohn, head of audience development at Business Insider in New York, on visit in SA; and James de Villiers, journalist with Business Insider SA and coffee addict.
Here’s how the cappuccinos stacked up:
Mugg & Bean. R23.90 for a small cappuccino. Average score: 0 out of 10
Instant derision from all three of the judges. They thought it was watery and lukewarm. “It doesn’t even taste like coffee,” says Emily. Freeman and James were in complete agreement. All three of them refused to give the cappuccino even a single point out of 10.
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