I’ll have a skinny, venti cinnamon dolce latte, not too hot, please! Starbucks, a name that instantly brings to mind the aroma and taste of a good cup of coffee. Forty years ago, in 1971, when Starbucks opened their first gourmet coffee shop, coffee typically came in a vacuum packed tin can. But Starbucks change all that by buying beans from Peets 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.
Its current storefront is a small, plain, unobtrusive place that is nothing like the yuppie upscale coffee shops they build for their customers today. The first shops to be opened outside Seattle were in Vancouver B.C. and Chicago, IL. Today, Starbucks has shops in 55 countries and around 12,000 shops in all fifty states and the District of Columbia. Starbucks moved their corporate world headquarters into the old Sears building on First Avenue South and South Lander Street, placing their Siren logo atop the clock tower in June 1997.
If Starbucks world-class arabica coffee is not your hot drink of choice, they also offer a wide variety of Tazo teas. Next time you spend any time standing around inside or outside this market Starbucks location you’ll encounter many tourists from far flung countries, many who want not only a cup of joe, perhaps a souvenir cup, but their picture taken inside or outside as well. Love my morning cuppa, don’t you??