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Seattle - First Starbucks - Established 1971

Once upon a time, Starbucks had only one storefront.

Forty years ago, in 1971, when Starbucks opened their first gourmet coffee shop, coffee typically came in a vacuum packed tin can. But Starbucks changed all that by buying beans from Peets Coffee then roasting and selling not only the beans but cups of espresso and lattes as well. Originally located at 2000 Western Avenue where it served the public cups of coffee from 1971-1975 when it was moved to the current location in the Pike Place Market at 1921 Pike Place. Tourists especially flock to this location, to buy coffee (and cups that can only be purchased in this store) and to take photos of themselves with the store in the background. While I do drink Starbucks coffee, it is not my favorite bean, my favorite (and award winning) is Dillanos Coffee which is roasted in Sumner and served in various latte stands in the area. My favorite stand that serves Dillanos is Big Foot Java, oh that would be a good post, yes?

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14 Responses to Starbucks Was Small Once

  • Nicki says:

    Starbucks is almost like Dunkin Donuts in New England – one on every street corner (I do not lie – if you miss pulling off to one, don’t fret, there is another in the next block on the other side of the road). I think a post on ‘Big Foot’ anything would be quite entertaining – and if there is coffee (preferably latte) involved – even better!

  • Tanya says:

    ha, now people think it’s awful to live in area without a starbucks on the corner…me, i can live without it quite fine! i remember back in the early 90’s and i worked in a mercedes dealership. in the office we had a good coffee corner and ground our own beans for yummy coffee. one of our sales guys had gone out of town and brought us back a bag of starbucks beans and we had never heard of starbucks at the time and i remember him assuring us that it was awesome coffee! that was my first intro to starbucks 🙂 i probably saw them when we would visit seattle as a kid/teen but i wasn’t into coffee then so i probably didn’t notice!

  • Carrie says:

    Thanks for sharing. Please do a post on your favorite. I’ve never tried or heard of your favorite. I take it it’s only in your area? Educate me. :0)

  • Gina says:

    It’s hard to believe it was. But I am glad they have reached to where they are because I can’t live without mine.

  • Kay says:

    We’re a small town. . .and yet we have two Starbucks.

    I got my early coffee education when I worked in a small building near Market St. in San Francisco. There was a little shop on the ground floor, American Pie, that sold great coffees. My office sampled them, a half pound at a time: Mexican, Guatemalan, Indonesian, French Roast, Italian Roast, you name it. A great coffee education and an unequalled coffee experience. And I still am transported to coffee heaven when I think of the tiny cups of black coffee I had in Paris. I DO love my coffee!

  • Faye says:

    We have seven and I’m lovin em all !!

    winter cinnamon dolce latte
    spring caramel frappuccino
    summer passion tea lemonade

  • We have them here in Melbourne too, but they face stiff competition from numerous excellent small, individual coffee roasteries and quirky gourmet cafés that tend to be more enjoyable to visit.

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