Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Did you know? Starbucks

Starbucks is just one of those companies-some people love it, some people hate it. Some believe that with 17,000 locations worldwide it is too corporate, and some believe that it is too expensive for coffee. My personal opinion? It is expensive, but it is also delicious. When I am away from home, and therefor unable to make my own cup of coffee in my lovely French Press, I will occasionally turn to good ol' Starbucks for my caffeine fix.

As the great trip to Seattle is fast approaching (though not fast enough ha ha) I thought it might be fitting to look at Starbucks history- where did they come from?

It started in Seattle in 1971, the brainchild of three partners-Gordon Bowker, Zev Siegl and Jerry Baldwin. As if channeling the influence of the port city they were a part of, they named their company after a character in the book Moby Dick. What I find fascinating is that they started off by simply selling coffee beans and the equipment needed to brew it at home. At the time they gave out only free samples of the brewed coffee- quite a change huh?

From a tiny start up in Seattle to opening a store almost every day in the 90's Starbucks- no matter what your feelings are on Starbucks-it is definitely an American Dream story.

There are larger concerns with Starbucks of course. They have been protested against in the areas of anti competitive practices, labor relations and fair trade practices. I thought I would be remiss in not mentioning those items, however my feelings on these topics I will leave out.

Either way, I am excited to check out the original location in the heart of Seattle.











7 comments:

newlywed said...

I find myself strangely curious about the decor of a 1970's Starbucks! I just can't wrap my head around avocado green and Starbucks existing in the same decade!

Boston Food Diary said...

Hahahaa SUCH a good call! I'm hoping that they have a "Starbucks through the ages" wall or something

Rachel @ Fork it over, Boston! said...

I've been to the original location. It looks pretty much like any other location, but they do have the original logo with the PG-13 mermaid! Have fun!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

I have to admit that I love Starbucks, although I do limit how often I go... but I'll definitely accompany you to the original location in Seattle. That was on my to-do list! :)

Boston Food Diary said...

Fantastic!!! That is perfect Jen- we'll organize a field trip :-)

Lauren said...

I love Starbucks and can no longer drink DD. I should probably have more loyalty to DD, since it created our vast family fortune (hahaha).

Boston Food Diary said...

hahaha SERIOUSLY Lauren! Don't let your dad hear you say that!

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