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Starbucks headed for SA

2010-05-31 12:01

Johannesburg - Starbucks coffee will be served in SA in time for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, it was announced on Monday.

It would be available in select Southern Sun Hotels and Tsogo Sun Casinos in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, Tsogo Sun Gaming said in a statement.

African farmers produce some of the most extraordinary coffees in the world and Starbucks has a long history of purchasing coffee from Africa.

"This move into South Africa is another sign of Starbucks' commitment to doing business in Africa."

Southern Sun MD Graham Wood said the company was "excited" about the association. "We look forward to being able to offer our guests the large variety of coffee options that will be available to them in select hotels."

Starbucks would be available at Johannesburg's SunSquare Montecasino Hotel and InterContinental Johannesburg Sandton Towers, Southern Sun Cullinan Hotel in Cape Town and Southern Sun Elangeni Hotel in Durban.

  - Sapa

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  • Hilary Marshall - 2010-05-31 12:24

    Guess we will be visiting the Cullinan!

  • Henry - 2010-05-31 12:25

    What the hell....so this is just for those who stay in expensive hotels and like to gamble? In other countries you see Starbucks on side streets and in small towns, but not in South Africa. BIG BUSINESS decided they want it all for themselfs.Well enjoy...I'll stick to Wimpy coffee WHERE the whole of South Africa can enjoy a cup for R13.00 BUCKS!!

  • Patriot - 2010-05-31 12:29

    At R50 a cup how many takers will there be

  • louis - 2010-05-31 12:43

    is starbucks going to be franchised privately in SA ???

  • vince - 2010-05-31 12:51

    Well, I would like to see more of Starbucks across the country and not just at the places mentioned above.

  • Mr H - 2010-05-31 12:58

    Ha-Ha Starbucks! Why the sudden change of heart? When questioned about business in Africa only 10 months ago, you were not interested. Now you are here to scoup money from Africa during the world cup only ... your true colours are showing! Pathetic!!

  • Lauren Beale - 2010-05-31 13:00

    I guess we missed it

  • AagNee - 2010-05-31 13:02

    We do not need Starbucks. Just another characterless chain.

  • lebo - 2010-05-31 13:06

    Hope they do not spike their coffeee with red bull or muti

  • Barista Bill - 2010-05-31 13:17

    hmm, how did they get past Ciro / national brands on this? co-opted? all well and fine to make a good bean available but will they also do barista training? the corporate schmucks from ciro / lavazza in their haste to market themselves can barely get their current southerns sun accounts to make a decent cappuccino, let alone any of their cafes. hopefully we see a turnaround in approach otherwise starbucks will be just another supplier consigned to the 'dregs'..

  • Albert - 2010-05-31 13:20

    Oh no. Now we are getting more American mediocrity. As if the overpriced, under-quality of McDonalds et el. are not enough, we now have to get this product as well.

  • Christo - 2010-05-31 13:27

    ... stick to the local brew. Starbucks aint that gr8, I've had it in Seoel and Beijing

  • paul - 2010-05-31 13:31

    Who cares - the coffee is crap! take our local outlets coffee any day of the week over starbucks.

  • Duncan - 2010-05-31 13:37

    What a strange article. The are making this miraculous "entry" into South Africa due to the World Cup. Gotta love this quote "This move into South Africa is another sign of Starbucks' commitment to doing business in Africa." Do they think we are morons. They are only here to cash in. Businesses do "business" to make money. What happens afterwards?

  • Gina - 2010-05-31 13:43

    Surprise Surprise!! Starbucks is a great coffee house, but why only now are they here for a quick buck or are they here to stay?

  • KickerK - 2010-05-31 13:43

    We don't want that filth in this country. STAR BUCK = Israeli Money.

  • Petru - 2010-05-31 13:44

    Ethiopian and Somalian coffee is *very good* and the best of the crop goes to Starbucks. It is a little sad that nearly all of profits of African-grown coffee will go overseas when South-Africans buy from Starbucks.

  • Renee - 2010-05-31 13:53

    can this be true????

  • Werner - 2010-05-31 14:01

    Pardon me if I don't get too excited. Entering the South African in only a very select few places (Casinos and elite hotels) does not really spell intent to me. As far as I know Seatle Coffee Company is linked to Starbucks. If they were really serious about ventureing south of the equater then why not branch out there first? Sounds to me like all they are trying to do is cater to the American tourists. Will they stick around post SWC?

  • pixie - 2010-05-31 14:02

    We'll see what the big fuss is about.

  • Martie Kruger - 2010-05-31 14:05

    What great news!!!! How about selling it in coffee shops too? come on Starbucks! We have a life to live in SA!!!

  • mmmmmm - 2010-05-31 14:12

    why don't they have it here on a permanent basis!?

  • Coffeeadict - 2010-05-31 14:22

    The most expensive, overrated coffee in the world. Been to dozens all over the show, and really no better than other coffee houses.

  • spindoc - 2010-05-31 14:57

    you are all mislead..Starbucks have been in SA for years!!!It would seem that you are not aware the Starbucks owns Seattle Coffee....found everywhere in SA!!!The fact is that Starbucks will launch as Seattle and if they are not sucessful then they pull Seattle out and knowbody knows any better.If they are sucessful they change over to Starbucks....watch and learn about marketing!!!

  • Rochelle - 2010-05-31 15:14

    I agree with Henry so it's only for the rich and famous, i so wanted a Frappacino YESSIE!

  • WDK - 2010-05-31 15:20

    Goeie nuus. Hoop hulle brei uit. Wonder net of daar 'n mark is in S.A. Het gister twee mense in die winkel hoor stry of hulle hulleself moet bederf met Ricoffy, in plaas van Frisco.

  • phelelani - 2010-05-31 15:49

    Dont worry WIMPY, just keep doing what u r doing and we will keep on coming. Any given day.....

  • CraigE - 2010-05-31 16:08

    This is not all that exciting - I have had many a cup of Starbucks and yes it is good, but no, it is no better than Seattle, Vide e Cafe etc etc. We are spoilt for choice here already.

  • Stephanie - 2010-05-31 16:09

    As long as they bring their green tea frappé with I wont mind.... YEAH!!

  • Starsucks - 2010-05-31 16:14

    Been there, done that, Starbucks coffee is definately not "something special" had most of our local coffees are better and cheaper.

  • Mark - 2010-05-31 16:22

    Starbucks, or CHARBUCKS as we americans know it, you can stay away from SA please. Nothing but a half shot with loads of milk and. Their pastries are good, if you can afford 600 calories in a little square brownie. No thanks, Veda is king.

  • Vee - 2010-05-31 16:34

    Why all the fuss. South African coffee is so much better. Now if Krispy Cream Doughnuts were to come to trade in South Africa I know I would have to say goodbye to my diet. You aint tasted anything like it. Our coffee is great. We don't need Starbucks here.

  • gav - 2010-05-31 16:50

    who cares about starbucks?! we have great little local coffee outlets all over the place. i personally wont be visiting starbucks

  • Darlene - 2010-05-31 16:57

    What a schlep it sounds like it will be to get a Caramel Macchiado Grande (sorry if not spelt correctly). Did really really love it when I had a few in the States a few years back, so will make the effort to at least buy 1 cup ... if the hotel will sell it to walk-ins.

  • Helen Stephens - 2010-05-31 17:04

    It's so pathetic to read the names of those getting excited about Starbucks - too predictable. If Starbucks is heading to Africa .they've surely hit the bottom of the barrell. They were great some time ago, but started buying up the cheapest coffee beans and now trade on a Brand Name.

  • Stollie - 2010-05-31 17:28

    STAY AWAY!!!!!

  • Vida E Cafe - 2010-05-31 19:09

    Ever heard of Vida E Cafe ?

  • Allan - 2010-05-31 19:48

    MacDonalds's coffee is the best and great taste too! Starbucks is expensive and the coffee is bad. Bring Krispy Creme to SA!

  • Donovan - 2010-05-31 22:47

    Just for spindoc. Seattle Coffee Co is not owned by Starbucks. Don't be scared off by competition.

  • Not Yummy - 2010-06-01 08:24

    I bought a Starbucks coffee - once.

  • Coffee Man - 2010-06-01 08:29

    Starbucks does not own Seattle. Stabucks bought the Seattle brand and operations in the UK. In SA they just allowed Seattle to keep using the brand obv. under license. Other than that none of us know the particulars. Maybe it will get Woolworths to jack them selves up as they are rapidly falling behind Vida more and more. No innovation in the Woolies Cafe brand. Competition is good.

  • Helena - 2010-06-01 11:16

    Consistency is NOT Starbucks' strong point...ie a cappucino in NY is nothing like one in London - so hows SA going to taste? I love their Caramel Frappes tho and I'd check it out for novelty sake. I agree with Duncan re: "another sign of Starbucks' commitment to doing business in Africa." WHAT a joke... Lets all applause! I would camp outside Krispy Kreme on the other hand...Pls bring your conveyer belts to SA!

  • GIMMEE MY FIX - 2010-06-01 14:03

    don't over complicate things for yourselfs. Most of you cant seem to handle complex thought. It's just coffee. Not politics or rocket science. Coffee! I will buy it and see whether its worth all the hype, then decide from their. I also like Seattle and Vida and visit them often for my fix. I for one am glad that there will be more choice. And no, Wimpy coffee is not choice. In Boksburg maybe.

  • Dolt - 2010-06-01 14:52

    @KICKERK - you are filth. Israeli money is filth? Then go and swim in your Arab shit. Its more your smell and class.

  • jt - 2010-06-02 15:18

    Think starbucks should set up shop permanently. Starbucks is awesome. Yes Vida and Seattle have great coffee too, but it can't hurt to have another place to find great coffee. As for the price, I doubt it will cost much more than Vida.

  • RR - 2010-06-06 09:37

    Ai,feed the anti's Frisco en Ricoffy!

  • Mumtaz - 2010-06-18 15:19

    Finally!! Been waiting for Starbucks to hit SA for yeeaarrrss! Yum yum i cant wait. Iced choc chip and espresso bean frappaccino here i come.....

  • Shelby - 2010-06-29 02:02

    I luv coffee nd I hav had da opportunity to taste a lot of brands. Starbucks coffee is amazing.that is great coffee .especialy their caramel mocha frappaccino Its worth every cent

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