In the early 1990s, Ben Filmalter and his wife Judi were in Chicago when they discovered a little coffee shop on the South Side. Its remarkably friendly and generous feel drew the couple to lingering on to take in its atmosphere.

When they returned, the seed of a generous coffee shop and restaurant concept, planted in Chicago, began to take shape. Finding the right launch location was next and once that was decided, Mugg & Bean was born in 1996 at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront.

From this point, our history began writing itself

...as more and more restaurants opened across the continent, and overseas too. The seed of generosity had sprouted and grown in leaps and bounds and, today, Mugg & Bean is your home away from home and office away from the office: the perfect meeting place, where you always get more and more.