Today, with more than 21,000 stores in 65 countries, Starbucks is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world.

Coffee is the second most valuable commodity in the world and thought to derive from an Arabic translation of ‘wine of the bean’ from the 16th Century. Whilst there are several legends about coffee it is widely believed to have originated in East Africa.

The first coffee house to open was in Constantinople (modern day Istanbul) in 1554. Trade flourished between the Ottoman Empire and the Europeans. Coffee entered into Europe via the thriving city of Venice during the renaissance period. It is now widely grown all over the world.

The first Starbucks shop opened in 1971 in Seattle, Washington state. Starbuck was the Chief Mate of the whaling ship in Moby Dick. Initially Starbucks just sold ground beans.

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