Meet Team Mad Macs

Coffee and cycling go together like hot toast and butter. Not only does a cup of Americano warm cold hands after an early-morning ride, it provides a burst of energy and a chance to catch up with cycling buddies.

As coffee and cycling are such good partners, it made perfect sense for South African pro cycling team Mad Macs to partner with häzz. Named after Mad Macs Motorcycles in Somerset-West, the team’s main sponsor, Team Mad Macs is also powered by our top-quality Arabica beans. Nick McFall, owner of Mad Macs Motorcycles, has been backing the riders for a long time, ensuring sustainability of the team, while häzz came on board as a secondary sponsor in 2017.

Pairing coffee with cycling is, interestingly, a trend that first started in Italy. According to Probikekit.co.uk, a Milanese coffee company called Faema came out of the post-war boom and took Italy by storm after World War II. Faema famously sponsored their own cycling team. And, in the 60s and 70s, notorious hard rider Eddy Merckx became Team Faema’s poster boy, elevating coffee’s status in the cycling world.

Team Mad Macs, set up by ex-Maties cyclist Alex Heward, currently includes eight professional cyclists from the Stellenbosch and Somerset-West area: Max Sullivan, Declan Sidey, Greg de Vink, Jonathan (Jonno) van Gesselleen, Etnard Louw, Rocco King, Shaun Glover and, of course, Alex. The cyclists are all between the ages of 19 and 33. Some are still studying at Stellenbosch University, while others have already built successful careers.

When first setting up the team, Alex’s aim was to develop young riders, using Maties Cycling Club as its talent pool. This strategy has proven to be incredibly successful. Over the past few years, the team has fared remarkably well, both locally and internationally. Earlier this year, Jonno took 8th place in the Cape Town Cycle Tour, while Greg won 3rd place in the Herald Cycle Tour. The team also came out tops in PEPLETT – 4-day mountain bike stage race across the Garden Route.

The team mostly trains over weekends, always stopping for a coffee along the way. “Visiting häzz is a nice social thing for us,” says Max. “We sit and plan our races and catch up. We love that there’s always a bit of a buzz.”

Häzz was Max’s first introduction to coffee when he moved from KwaZulu-Natal to Stellenbosch as a student – part of the reason why he is thrilled to still be associated with the brand.

“I never used to drink coffee,” Max says. “But then a mate introduced me to häzz. I started with a single espresso, and then a double… He made me fall in love with the brand. When we started looking for sponsors, häzz was top of mind.”

Follow Team Mad Macs on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and pop in to experience the häzz buzz for yourself!

Spicy coffee rub

For the carnivores.

 

recipe [serves 2]

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 steak of your choice per person (sirloin on the bone is recommended)

Rub
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon chopped turkish apricots, dried
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon ground himalayan pink salt
1 tablespoon red chilli pepper flakes
1 tablespoon coffee grounds
1 tablespoon fresh, crushed garlic
1 tablespoon smoked paprika

Directions
Mix all the ingredients for the rub together.
Apply the olive oil to the entire steak and then sprinkle the rub onto the meat. Cover the steak and allow the flavours to develop over 2 hours in the fridge.
Sear the steak on both sides according to your preference and leave to rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

….also delicious on the braai!

Eggs on toast

Back to basics.

Spoil yourself or a loved one with this mouth-watering breakfast.

 

Recipe [serves 4]

Ingredients
1 tin canned, chopped tomatoes
3/4 cup strong, plunger-brewed hazz coffee
1/4 cup chopped red onion
2 garlic cloves, sliced
1 tablespoon chopped, pickled jalapeño chillies
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon shaved dark chocolate
8 large free-range eggs

To serve
Sliced avocado
Handful of fresh wild rocket
Roasted cherry tomatoes on the vine
2 slices of toast per person

 

Directions
Purée tomatoes, coffee, onion, garlic, jalapeño and 1 tablespoon olive oil in a blender until smooth.
Simmer purée in a heavy, non-stick skillet, stirring occasionally until thickened (this takes about 10 minutes).
Stir in chocolate and season with salt. Remove from heat.
While your sauce is simmering, fry eggs in two batches in the remaining oil in a non-stick skillet over moderate heat, until cooked as desired.
Serve eggs on toast, topped with sauce.
Arrange the avo and roasted tomato on the side with fresh rocket.

enjoy !

Refreshing summer coffee

Enjoy your coffee cold this summer.

Try this refreshing alternative to your coffee this summer.

RECIPE

Ingredients

200 ml Strong, plunger brewed häzz coffee, left to cool [1 heaped table spoon course ground häzz coffee beans per 200ml hot water] Freezer proof container(s)
Cold milk

Directions

1 – Pour coffee into preferred container and chill until frozen.

2 – Remove frozen coffee cubes from the containers and serve a couple of cubes to taste in a tall glass of cold milk.

enjoy !

häzz hero Tim and his coffee

He takes adventure to the next level and he does the same with the way he drinks coffee. We recently caught up with our busy häzz ambassador Timothy Hay, enduro motorbike rider and lover of good coffee.

Tim is also the Director and Producer of the show Journey to the Roof that captures his epic adventures that will take him to the mountains of Lesotho where he will try to finish one of the hardest euro races of all time, The Roof Of Africa.

Tim’s training programme is not an average one, meaning he does take his coffee a bit different than the rest of us! “I make my coffee in the morning with a tablespoon of macadamia nut butter, butter (or coconut oil) and honey. It is a good source of energy that is sustained throughout the day till the afternoon. The natural fats from the butter and macadamia nut butter keeps me going all day. The coffee gives me the boost I need to get going.”

Tim joined the häzz family late last year. “häzz coffee is my energy boost in the morning and afternoon…having to train six times a week it is essential to my daily routine! In this sport you’re always on your toes and häzz keeps us alert. So the brand relates to me in the sense that it goes hand in hand with extreme sports where you need to be alert and full of energy. With enduro riding you have to be 100% awake 110% of the time. I also love waking up to the smell of fresh coffee and with häzz you can even smell the quality!”

The Roof of Africa is 30 November to 3 December.

häzz, coffee for heroes

häzz as a brand supports a modern, youthful and healthy culture. The slogan for häzz reads: coffee for heroes, stating an appreciation for people making an improvement to their community using local resources to make the best of their own talent.

The bottom line is that everyone can be a hero on any given day. And häzz wants to celebrate that on a daily basis.

We have official brand ambassadors – or häzz heroes – in the likes of endurance athlete Landie Greyling, triathlete Mari Rabie, personal trainer Mia Mocke and motorcycle endurance junkie Timothy Hay.

Mari, currently traveling for her triathlon races said it best: “The häzz family embodies a characteristic way of thinking, feeling and acting. Like-minded people that do not mind standing out from the crowd and doing their own thing! In a world dominated by what is regular, be like häzz – unique, independent & committed to quality.”

“I am so proud to be part of the häzz family as I am so passionate about the brand. häzz truly have the best coffee in the world! I love traveling, but whenever I travel I probably miss my häzz fix the most. Apart from the coffee – the häzz shop in Stellenbosch is like my home. I love the vibe and the people. It’s my happy place,” Mia our latest hero added.

Landie has been an häzz hero for a few years already, also said: “I really love the soft and flavourful taste of the häzz blend. The aromas early in the morning when we start brewing are priceless! To feel like a hero everyday is special just as special as being part of the häzz family – like-minded people with so much positive energy!”

We have shops in Stellenbosch and Newlands – both has vibrant communities with a great appreciation for good quality coffee.