Described as the best barista ever, Jack Umba (42), is the hard-working owner of Jack’s Place (Coffee Jess), in Claremont, Cape Town. Jack, like many of us has a dream to create a better future for himself & his family.
Jack’s dreams include purchasing a mobile tuk-tuk (with built-in coffee machine), which will enable him to reach a greater number of customers & deliver coffees directly to their homes. He also plans to expand his business to cater for parents in the Southern Suburbs, offering coffees at school drop offs.
Jack currently uses his bicycle for transport, and is often seen cycling the streets of Claremont & Harfield Village, with coffee & pancake orders perched safely in a coffee carrier on his bicycle’s handlebars.
However he has realised that a mobile coffee tuk-tuk is the perfect solution, as it’s relatively small, uses fuel sparingly, and will enable him to expand his customer base by going further, thereby making even more Capetonians happy every day by delivering their favourite beverage directly to their door.
Jack has built a name for himself in the local community with his “absolutely delicious” coffee and his sunny disposition. He always greets patrons with a big smile, a hug (when safe to do so), warmth, and kindness. Jack also gives back to his community, by joining Harlyn Neighbourhood Watch on patrols in the evenings.
Everyone who meets this amazing man is touched by his kindness, which is what prompted Michelle Tayler-Smith, a local Claremont resident & regular Coffee Jess patron to step in & help Jack to achieve his dream.
For the last few months, Jack has been saving up to purchase a tuk-tuk, and currently has R10 000 ($640) set aside to one day purchase his own wheels.
Stepping in to help speed up the process, Michelle launched a crowdfunding campaign on BackaBuddy, to get ‘Jack on the Move’ quicker.
Since the launch of his campaign over R63 000 ($4000) has been raised, with kind contributions from more than 70 donors. If the campaign reaches it’s fundraising target of R90 000 ($5700), Jack will be able to cover the cost of a second hand tuk-tuk, a coffee machine as well as modifications to get the vehicle on the road.
Ensuring transparency with donors, Jack has asked that funds be paid directly to the relevant suppliers.
“Jack is overwhelmed & humbled by the support he is getting from South Africans all over the world & assures everyone that he will not let them down”. – says Michelle
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Order Up! A Quick Update on Jack
Michelle Tayler-Smith, who launched the crowdfunding campaign for Jack, share this video and a quick update to the BackaBuddy donors.
Saying thank you simply isn’t sufficient, but we would like to extend a massive thank you from both Jack and myself for your incredible generosity. Donations were received from all over the globe: from the USA, the UK, Brazil, Holland, Switzerland, and all over South Africa, from the big cities such as Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban, to the smaller dorpies like St Francis Bay and Addo.
When we started this campaign, we had no idea it was going to go “viral” on Facebook, Jack being interviewed on Cape Talk, articles appearing in various newspapers and of course all over social media. Jack feels like a celebrity!
We hope to have Jack on the move in the next 2 months as we have found a tuk-tuk and it is currently being modified for the job, including installing a coffee machine, a mini fridge, inverter (for power) – everything Jack will need to bring his delicious coffee to you.
Once Jack is up and running, we will send out a note to let you know where you can meet him andtaste a cup of Jack’s delicious coffee. – Michelle Tayler-Smith
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