Visit Jack’s BackaBuddy Campaign

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 the 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 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 currently uses his bicycle to deliver coffee


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.

Help Jack realize a dream

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.

Michelle Tayler-Smith and Jack Umba

For the last few months, Jack has been saving up to purchase a tuk-tuk, and currently has R10 000 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 R60 000 has been raised, with kind contributions from more than 123 donors.  With the campaign nearly reaching its target of R90 000, Jack has bought a second-hand tuk-tuk, and is in the process of modification to get the vehicle on the road.

“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 & of course all over social media. Jack feels like a celebrity!”- says Michelle

Ensuring transparency with donors, Jack has asked that funds continue to be paid directly to the relevant suppliers.

“Saying thank you simply isn’t sufficient, but we would like to extend a massive thank you from Jack & I for your incredible generosity that you have demonstrated. We hope to have Jack on the move in the next 2 months as we have found a tuk tuk & 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”. – says Michelle

Once Jack is up & running, we will send out a note to let you know where you can meet him & taste a cup of Jack’s delicious coffee.

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Jack Umba is well-known in Cape Town for his coffee and charm

Messages of support came pouring in for Jack

“Well done on being so proactive in creating a business. I hope this donation helps you purchase your tuk tux and may your business go from strength to strength. ” – A supporter

“Happy to support entrepreneurs like Jack. Wishing you lots of success!” – Paul & WolfgNg

“Good luck Jack! Michelle – your endorsement was compelling!” – Victoria

“Hope you realize your dreams Jack. You deserve only good things” – Lisa

Thank you to the 123 incredible donors who supported Jack’s dream thus far

Joan Beattie | Leeann Phayre-Mallo | Margret Sonntag | Elsabe Fourie | Wendy Trollip | Anneke Engelbrecht | Sally Falkow | Heather Young | Alison Collen | Sarah Currie | Elaine Skinner-Reid | Marian Cuff | Nicki Hibling | Priyanka Naidu | Casey Kingma | Martine Van den heever | Lauren Christians | Fatima Amien | Julie Bennewith | Eric Henry | Nicky Bruyns | Beverley Houston | Caitlin Moore | Shannon Connell | Vanessa Hall | Candice Ghignone | Barbara Harris | Cath Milward-Bridges | Phyllis Orner | BM Browne | Cledia Smith | Caroline Bisset | Maura Sanderoff | WE Daffarn | Gouni-Mae Montgomery | Nicky Abdinor | Rosemary du Preez | Patrick Ross Grewar | Catharina van linden Verhoeven | Alison Smith | Tina Wiener | Briony Chisholm | Neil Dallas | Liz Nodder | Merilyn Kron | Sharon Moore | Eleanor Katzeff | Susan Gray | Mrs AM Champion | Lorraine Galp | Carol Royle | Sally Golding | Mr AP Bomford | JL HOLNESS | David Caras | Kim Boyes | D J Parkyn | Linda Pledger | Lara Miller | Miranda Forshaw | Roy Glasspoo | Elisabeth Shaw | Paul Martin | Richard McQueen | Victoria Mayer | L Raize | Marguerite Schneider | MJ Smit | Bernard Boulle | Richard McQueen | Helen Meiring | Michelle Tayler-Smith | Lisa Clark | Diego Daibs | Mm Ramkasan | Des Metz | Nerina Knott | Susan Olivier | FJ VAN EEDEN | Carolina Van | Der Vyver | Melissa Dry | Gail D. Hughes | NICOLE CAHILL | Lauren Smith | Ed Owens | JASON LIGHTFOOT | Sandra Sesink-Clee | Candice Ghignone | M I Amod | Nicola Lloyd | Deidre Lotter | James McQueen | Nicola Holbak | Cindy Lindsay | Janine Laubscher | Michelle Tayler-Smith | Alison Davies | John MAYTHAM | T NORTON | Michelle Lotz | Elsona Muller | Nadine Hills | DR TA Roscher | Henry Kidson | James Lourens | Donna Curtis | Michelle Tayler-Smith | Jan McGlashan | Lana Lanesman | Roedolf Alberts | June Hunter | Sandra Shurie

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