Urban Explorer: Siyathemba Ralo
Our “urban explorers” are individuals from all walks of life that leave a mark wherever they tread. The face behind Billy Dukes Coffee is no exception. Siyathemba Ralo, 36-year-old entrepreneur with over 12 years’ experience in the hospitality industry is the face of our Urban Explorer this month.
Let’s hear all about his passion for coffee and spreading the goodness of African coffee beans with his specialised mobile coffee bar.
THE BILLY DUKES’ STORY – THE MOBILE REFRESHMENT STOP
Siyathemba Ralo runs Billy Dukes Coffee Bar in the Port Elizabeth area and can be found in and around office parks and various regions around the city. Billy Dukes has been running for just over a year via a customised Tuk Tuk. Billy Dukes Coffee aims to offer clients with delicious coffee, teas, lattes, smoothies, fruit juices, scones, muffins and sometimes burgers to provide a fuller meal at a fraction of the costs.
All served from this kitted out Tuk Tuk operated by Siyathemba Ralo.
SIYATHEMBA’S PASSION FOR COFFEE AND BILLY DUKES
It has been the mission and vision for Billy Dukes to be a driving force that showcases the marvel of African Coffee. This is how Siyathemba’s passion for coffee extends from him through his unique coffee shop. He hopes to see Billy Dukes become a global phenomenon, as it indeed has become a local one.
Through Billy Dukes, Siyathemba hopes to give people a unique tasting experience as the coffee he serves is rich in flavour and unlike any coffee on the market.
THE MAN BEHIND THE TUK TUK
Siyathemba is a coffee enthusiast through and through. By owning, managing and operating his business, Billy Dukes, he can take his brand directly to the customer and share his passion for coffee with them.
With his vast knowledge of the hospitality industry after working in this industry for over 12 years, he was able to nurture his passion for giving people an overwhelming and satisfying experience through his venture as a mobile coffee bar owner.
In 2018, Siyathemba made the shift from the formal industry and started Billy Dukes. As a barista, he took his exceptional coffee making skills and passion for African coffee beans to the streets of Nelson Mandela Bay to give locals a taste like no other.
SIYATHEMBA’S VISION FOR THE FUTURE
He aims to become a coffee bean roaster and develop his distinct coffee flavour.
Why? His relentless passion for unravelling the world of diverse flavours in Africa’s coffee bean is one that he would love to expand on and leave his stamp on. For Siyathemba, Billy Dukes Café is the dream we all live for; making a livelihood through your passion. It is this spirit that has him capable of refreshing his customers as they press on and pursue their dreams.