Starbucks in SA: let the caffeine wars begin

It’s official: US coffee house Starbucks will be opening in South Africa next year. FIRDAUS KHAN rounds up what South Africans think about arrival of the venti chocolate chai caramel white mocha cookie crumble frappuccino.

The American company is the largest chain of coffeehouses in the world, with a reported 21,536 stores in 65 countries. There are parts of some American cities where there is literally a Starbucks on every corner for blocks in every direction. That’s a lot of love for Starbucks.

Some South Africans simply could not wait for their names to be scribbled across white and green paper cups, filled with everything good – and a little whipped cream on top.

But let’s not kid ourselves. There’s also a lot of hate for the behemoth that’s forced many a small coffee shop to close in its wake.

Others, however, shared distaste for the double-mochas to come, rating Starbucks products as rather average.

It’s fair to say that the news of Starbucks entry into the SA market has probably shaken local coffee chains and independent coffee houses alike.

But the Proudly South African pack played it cool, arguing that local coffee houses’ offerings are far superior to anything Starbucks could bring.

Whatever your reaction to Starbucks coming to South Africa is, remember…

– Featured image: by Marco Paköeningrat via Flickr.