Today, South Africans love visiting coffee shops, although Starbucks aren’t found on every block like they are in North America! They also love preparing coffee at home.
Now, let’s talk in greater depth about how coffee culture took over South Africa…
What Caused the Coffee “Boom”
It’s believed that the rise of South African coffee culture is linked with the emergence of boutique roasting companies. Since coffee being produced in the country and imported from other nations is of a higher caliber than in years past, it is perhaps more enticing to South African clients.
As well, more choices are out there in terms of coffee machines, coffee grinders, coffee pods, coffee beans and ground coffee. This opens up a world of choices for even the pickiest South African coffee drinkers. Basically, global trends in artisan coffee production hit South Africa before 2012 and coffee shops started opening up in order to meet increased customer demand.
Statistics show that four times as many coffee shops existed in 2012 in South Africa than were present in 2007. This is a huge change. Most South Africans prefer independently-owned coffee shops with character and uniqueness and this is why Starbucks hasn’t made an aggressive foray into the country.
While Starbucks coffees are available for home usage, Starbucks coffee shops are in short supply and there’s no reason to anticipate any change in the future. VIPs at Starbucks understand that South African coffee fans want to support local coffee shops as a rule, so they hold back from building their coffee shops in the country.
The desire of South Africans to support independent coffee shops is admirable. It’s all about supporting local entrepreneurs. This aspect of South African coffee culture is an important one, as citizens of many other countries tend to go for convenience and low price, rather than paying a bit more for artisan coffee from independent coffee shops.
Coffee shops of all types are found in South Africa, including the popular Bean There coffeehouse, which features minimalist décor and tasty brews, as well as the fun and unique Shift Espresso coffeehouse, which allows visitors to dream up their own specialty coffees, by offering an array of ingredient choices, from Oreo cookies to condensed milk and beyond.
If you’re planning a trip to South Africa, be sure to enjoy many cups of coffee from independent coffee shops while you’re there. When you do so, you’ll love the taste and you’ll also be exploring one of the nation’s hottest trends.