Starbucks comes to Johannesburg

Crowds gathered on Thursday morning, awaiting the opening of South Africa’s first Starbucks outlet.
The crowd – coffee lovers and media –  was abuzz, energised by live music, dancers, a countdown and a spray of green confetti.

Starbucks Queue
The first Starbucks outlet at Rosebank Mall, South Africa

Starbucks’ global mission includes the phrase: one person, one cup, and one neighbourhood at a time. The first store in South Africa has chosen Rosebank as its first neighbourhood, and will be making the Mall of Africa in Midrand its second chosen neighbourhood next week.
The Rosebank Starbucks store has aimed to create an atmosphere with an urban, African edge. The menu has also been localised, adding South African flavour and flair to the menu through including items such as roti rolls and rooibos cappuccinos.
Starbucks is famous for reputedly offering over 80 000 coffee combinations. Take this order, for example: “May I have a grande caramel macchiato, double the espresso, with skim milk, please?"

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Readily awaiting a Caramel Macchiato

Finding your combination at Starbucks is encouraged, so follow this basic summary of what's what, to help you order your perfect cup:

  1. Black coffee: plain and simple, this is the most straightforward drink you’ll find at Starbucks. They use their own collection of beans, but do have a “coffee of the day” brew for you to figure out your favourite.
  2. Espresso: this is what has the caffeine kick. Double it up in any milk-based drink to pack your morning with an extra punch.
  3. Latte: the latte is the creamiest of them all – made up of a spoonful of flavoured syrup or a shot of espresso, the rest is mostly milk and foamed milk. This drink will leave you feeling comforted and content.
  4. Cappuccino: the cappuccino is a personal favourite for many, and definitely the most popular one in the pack. A cappuccino is traditionally made up of a shot (or two) of espresso, steamed milk and lots of foam.
  5. Macchiato: at Starbucks, this drink is traditionally a blend of espresso, caramel syrup, foam and sugary delight!
  6. Frappuccino: a frozen coffee, blended with ice and other ingredients of your choice, including espresso, mocha or caramel.
  7. Rooibos tea latte: the traditional South African alternative to caffeine, made with foamed milk. It is loaded with rooibos flavour – add honey and cinnamon for even more of a taste sensation!


So whether you choose a tall, grande or venti, hot or cold, strong or weak, decaf or not, check out Starbucks’ full menu to see exactly what they have on offer.