If you’re like me, you probably hadn’t heard of Starbucks before the 1990’s but to my surprise, the company has actually been around longer than that!  In 1971, they opened their first store in Seattle.  And if you are wondering about the name, it is nautical in nature and was taken from Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick.  Bet you would never have guessed that, huh?!?  And if you don’t know much about Moby Dick, it is a classic about the whaling industry in the 19th century.  Starbucks is actually an appropriate name, since the coffees that they served were imported from around the world.

Howard Shultz joined the Starbucks organization in 1982, and while he was on a trip to Italy, he discovered how popular the espresso bars were.  He decided that espresso bars would go over well in the stores, and well, the rest is history!

Starbucks CoffeeStarbucks spread out across the United States during the 1990’s and became quite popular.  Not only did they spread out across the United States, but they also spread out into the rest of the coffee-drinking world and soon became a publicly traded company.  Would you believe that there are more than 12,000 Starbucks stores in the United States?  While we are counting you can’t forget the stores that are in more than 30 countries around the world and they just keep popping up everywhere!

If you don’t want to venture out to a Starbucks, you can enjoy their coffee at home.   They now offer their ground coffee beans by mail order along with Starbucks K-Cups for the Keurig

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Starbucks stores are everywhere and there are several good reasons that they keep popping up everywhere.  One reason they are so popular is because their organization insists that diversity really is the spice of life.  Another reason is because they insist that the very highest of standards be applied to purchasing, roasting, and delivery of every single cup of coffee that is sold.  This philosophy seems to work; otherwise, we wouldn’t see them on almost every corner!


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