Starbucks Facts

Starbucks Facts
Starbucks is a popular coffee house that was founded in 1971 by three people who met while attending the University of San Francisco. These three former students Jerry Baldwin, Zev Siegl, and Gordon Bowker pooled their talents and passion for coffee to start a company that would eventually grow to be worth more than $10 billion by 2014. The first gourmet coffee store opened in Seattle, Washington on March 30th, 1971. In 1987 the original Starbucks owners sold the company to Howard Schultz, and expansion began, growing from only six stores in 1987 to 46 by 1989. The first Starbucks outside North America opened in 1996 in Japan, and since then has expanded to countries all over the world.
Interesting Starbucks Facts:
Starbucks' founders were two teachers (Jerry Baldwin and Zev Siegl) and a writer (Gordon Bowker) that had attended university together.
When originally choosing a name for their new coffee company, the names "Cargo House" and "Pequod" were tossed around. They chose the name Starbucks after brainstorming - Starbuck was Pequod's first mate in the book Moby Dick. Pequod was a ship in the book.
Today there are more than 20,519 Starbucks locations in 40 countries around the world. Starbucks is the largest coffee retailer in the world.
The Starbucks brand has become so well-known that the company does not put its name on the cups.
From the time it was acquired in 1987 by Harold Schultz until 2011, Starbucks averaged two new store opening each and every day.
Harold Schultz changed the company from selling coffee beans to also selling brewed coffee when he bought it. Prior to 1987 it had been selling only roasted coffee beans and equipment.
It is estimated the average Starbucks customer visits Starbucks about six times each month. Many of the most loyal customers (20% of customers) visit a Starbucks 16 times or more each month.
The round tables in Starbucks coffee houses were chosen over square or rectangle so that any customers that visit by themselves won't feel so alone.
With all the possible combinations of drinks at Starbucks, there are more than 87,000 different drinks that could be made.
Starbucks has a mobile app that more than 10 million people use. It is estimated that in 2013 10% of purchases at Starbucks were made on the mobile app in store.
Starbucks is the first brand with a presence on Facebook to receive 10,000,000 "likes".
Starbucks' Trenta size cup is actually larger than your stomach!
Starbucks has a company rule that their stores must open 10 minutes before the posted opening time and remain open 10 minutes longer than the posted closing time each day.
A Starbucks cheese Danish has more calories and fat than a McDonald's Sausage McMuffin.
The Starbucks company provides health care to any employee that works more than 20 hours a week, which equals roughly $300 million a year in health care costs. This is more money than the company spends on coffee beans each year.
Some Starbucks locations are beginning to sell wine and beer to their customers as well as coffee, treats and food.

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