How Starbucks Changed the Coffee World

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In Seattle downtown, it is common to run into two or three coffee shops, which makes it very difficult to choose.

There you can get a good cup of coffee anywhere, anytime in the daytime. While sipping coffee, you can enjoy a conversation, reading, or work with your laptop as long as you like, and they offer free Wifi. This is how Starbucks changed the coffee world.

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Below is the original Starbucks (1912). It started its journey with a store in Seattle’s Pike Place Market in 1971.

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Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, started working for Starbucks in 1982. He went to Italy in 1983 and saw how the sense of community and the romance were around the the espresso. He brought the idea to Starbucks, but it was rejected.

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When Starbucks went under, Schultz was offered the opportunity to buy the company. Began in 1987, he was able to buy 6 coffee stores at a time.

Now, Starbucks has more than 25,000 stores in 75 countries, and serves 8 million customers a week.

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The company is now preparing for the possibility of a serious threat to global supplies. “What we are really seeing as a company as we look 10, 20, 30 years down the road – if conditions continue as they are – is a potentially significant risk to our supply chain, which is the Arabica coffee bean,” Hanna said. Read More…

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53 thoughts on “How Starbucks Changed the Coffee World

  1. It’s probably true that Starbucks started the coffee-shop trend, but I rarely visit them, and all the other chains in fact, as I prefer supporting individual local businesses where profits made are spent in the area. I’m lucky enough to live near enough to a coffee shop that I am convinced makes the very best cup of coffee in the world.Take a bow, Bean and Bud of Harrogate! http://www.beanandbud.co.uk/ . Really interesting post – thanks!

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  2. Amazing how it all began and look at it now! We have a collection of Starbucks mugs from around the world. Although a bit bulky as souvenir, drinking coffee from them takes us right back to the spot. I’m currently sipping in Scotland. 🙂

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  3. I remember back before Starbucks sold drinks. I’d go in and ask for a pound of Kenya, for instance. They’d ask me if I wanted it ground or whole bean. Then they’d scoop up the beans from a bin, pour them in a bag, and weight it.

    An out-of-town visitor was surprised by how small the Pike Place Market Starbucks is. I told her that story, and explained that you didn’t used to go to Starbucks to sit down. I don’t think she believed me.

    Great Post, by the way!

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    • Thank you for reading, TT! I enjoy the convenience of getting a cup of coffee from Starbucks, but also try to support the local coffee shops, but there are not many now these day.

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  4. Starbucks continues to adapt to changing times. We were in a community in Phoenix where Starbucks closed down their shop in a mall, and reopened in the same mall, but inside a Target store!

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  5. Good afternoon, Amy. Very interesting post. Maybe I should keep 5 year supply in the house, just in case. I only drink one cup or two per day, but that one cup (or two) is very important one 😉

    Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Have a great evening.

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