our story

Once upon a time, it was almost impossible to find great coffee in Pietermaritzburg.

 That all changed in 2005 when a cafe called Coffeeberry opened its doors, starting a coffee revolution in the Midlands. 



Coffeeberry Cafe opens

Coffeeberry Cafe opens its doors for the first time in a quiet and humble shopping centre in the suburbs of Pietermaritzbury. Why the name? You might have thought that coffee comes from beans. But those beans start out as coffee berries. We like to think of it as the berry that changed the world…Our name, Coffeeberry, pays homage to that great berry.



Coffeeberry moves to a new, contemporary space at the revamped Cascades Lifestyle Centre.

After 10 years of steady growth, we decided it was time for a change. During the Cascades Lifestyle Centre renovations in 2016, we moved to a prime location on the newly-built Piazza. The bigger location meant our customers could sit inside or outside. It also meant we could build a wood-fired pizza oven and extend our opening ours to offer a dinner service. At that time we launched a new logo and brand identity to reflect the contemporary café bistro feel of our new location.

Coffeeberry wins Nedbank Small Business of the Year Award

In 2018, we were named Nedbank Small Business of the Year at the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business Awards. It’s been amazing to see another prosperous year for our restaurant, and we thank our customers for their loyal support. A huge thank you to our team for their hard work and dedication to helping the business grow.



Celebrating community

If there’s one thing we love, it’s celebrating our incredible community. Pietermaritzburg and the KZN Midlands are home to so many talented people. To highlight those people, Coffeeberry has created two unique events. The first, Live Music Sundays, is a weekly event where we host top local musicians and bands on the Cascades Piazza. Free entry and so much fun. Our second and newest event is called True Story Tuesdays. We invite one locally born and raised remarkable person to share their story with our guests. Find out more here.