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This cool Instagrammer is putting East London coffee shops on the map

The man says he's blessed, well dressed and coffee obsessed.

by: Uhuru Plaatjies | 10 Jul 2017
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Are you a coffee lover based in the Eastern Cape? For those who enjoy trying out new coffee shops or just keen to try something new, you need to follow the dynamic Mbulelo Ntlonti and his hashtag, #TheCoffiendDiary.

Every two weeks, Mbulelo gives his followers a short but relevant coffee review on his Instagram page. Based in the Eastern Cape, he is one of the first to create a review platform for coffee, and it gives us a good idea of what the coffee shops in the Eastern Cape are all about. More importantly, the coffee shops in East London, because most Instagrammers  post from Johannesburg and Cape Town, so Mbulelo is a breath of fresh air as he gives us a better look at East London and their coffee shops. One could say he’s putting his city on the map.

#TheCoffiendDiary has grown during the weeks since Mbulelo started. Since May, he’s managed to rake up hundreds of Likes.

When asked about the reason why he decided to take on coffee shops, it was quite simple. Other than his posts being the only of its kind in the country, he wants all coffee lovers to share the same experience he does. While he is only just experiencing each and every restaurant in hopes of finding his perfect cup, he still wants to share his journey with his followers. 

We took some time out to speak to the man behind #TheCoffiendDiary and find out more about him. So sit back and take a sip of your coffee, you just might like him more after this.

1. He actually hated coffee
“My love for coffee started a few years ago”, Mbulelo told us. “I used to hate the beverage and didn’t understand how anyone could enjoy such a bitter tasting drink, until I got introduced to French press coffee. It literally changed my life.”

2. He’s a lawyer by trade
When he’s not sipping coffee, he’s a man of the law. Mbulelo graduated in his LLB in 2014. He now works at a law firm in East London.

3. He is a huge Kanye West fan
The man is such a huge fan that he actually feels some type of way about the recent events between Kanye and Jay Z. He used to be a big Jay Z fan as well, but he says he’s cut by what the mogul did to his favourite rapper.

4. He is also a co-founder of an events company
2 Kings Africa was founded by Mbulelo, Lungile Mpharu and Fezile Moyana. Every year they host the second biggest event in East London, Cruel Summer, which turns six years old this year. 

Be sure to follow Mbulelo's #TheCoffiendDiary journey on his Instagram, and Twitter.

Are you also a Coffee fiend? Where is your favourite coffee spot? Tell us more in the comments below!

ALSO READ: How will Starbucks fit into Cape Town's already thriving coffee culture?

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