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SOUTH Africans have come a long way since the days when they’d order a cappuccino in a restaurant and expect coffee with a splash of cream dunked on top. Now, you have to navigate between lattes (single shots or double), Americanos, flat whites, zebra mochas, frappés, macchiatos, skinny or full-fat, to stay or with wings. And that’s just at your local garage shop.Step into a dedicated coffee shop, like a Seattle Coffee Co and Vida e Caffè, or the many others which take pride in how they serve as community hubs, and it is even more mind-boggling. Even mass-market burger flippers like Wimpy, Spur or McDonald’s now serve speciality coffees.Last month, Starbucks opened its doors in Rosebank, Johannesburg, followed by a second in Mall of Africa out at Midrand. Days later, the queues are still out the door for those seeking to dip into the wares of the largest speciality roaster in the world (it operates in 71 countries). (See Shop Talk April 28-May 4.)Not all your rands will be flying to...
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