The Legend of Coffee

Legend has it that coffee was first discovered by a young Ethiopian goatherd named Kaldi, who noticed his goats behaving excitedly after eating red berries from a nearby bush. Kaldi then tried some himself and discovered that it gave him a fresh burst of energy. This was in about the eighth century AD. Up until that time coffee had only been used as a foodstuff and it was only after 1000 AD that coffee began to be used as a hot beverage. The habit of drinking coffee was then adopted by monks who boiled the berries and made a drink that kept them awake during long religious services.

From the cradle of coffee in Africa, coffee then spread to the Middle East, Persia and Turkey, then to Italy and the rest of Europe and finally to the rest of the world.

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Monday - Saturday 7am to 6 pm
Sundays and Public Holidays - 7am to 4pm

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Experience our exceptional coffees at The Pearls Shopping Centre on the terrace facing Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga Rocks.


What our customers are saying

"I don't usually write reviews or pay much attention to them either, but I must have my say regarding African Roots Coffee. My Wife and I have been a few times to this incredible hidden gem and wow is it really that. I am not the biggest coffee drinker more of a tea drinker but I can honestly say this is the best coffee and tastiest food I have ever had. 
I also don’t think its solely down to the coffee but more the story and atmosphere. What I presume to be one of the owners an elderly gentleman greeted us with the most amazing story of the coffee and its origin. It very rare you find busy owners spending some time with a patron to educate them and talk to them about anything really. This was the personal touch that made this gem our regular spot on a Sunday.
Do yourself a favour and try them out! You will not be disappointed". By Gary White

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