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.