Starbucks: In The Beginning

Starbucks: In The Beginning

Have you ever wondered about how your favorite coffee beverage became so popular? Well, we’re here to tell you about the most popular coffee house, Starbucks Coffee.

It all started when the first Starbucks was opened in Seattle, Washington,on March 30,1971, by three partners who meet at the University of San Francisco;  English teacher Jerry Bladwin, history teacher Zev Siegl, and writer Gordon Bower.

They were all inspired by selling high quality coffee beans and equipment by coffee roasting entrepreneur Alfred Peet. Peet (Peet’s Coffee) taught them his style of roasting beans.

Originally the company was called Pequod, after a whaling ship from Moby Dick, but that name was rejected by some of the co-founders. So, the company was named after the chief mate on the Pequod, Starbuck.

The first Starbucks cafe was located on 2000 Western Avenue in Seattle from 1971 to 1976. Then the cafe was moved to Pike Place Market. It never relocated again.

Later on, Starbucks opened its first locations outside of the Seattle Waterfront Station in Vancouver, British Colombia. Branches also opened in Canada and Chicago,Illinois. Soon 46 stores existed across the Midwest and Northwest and Starbucks was roasting over 2,000,000 pounds (907,185) of coffee a year.

On the time of its initial public offering on the stock market in June 1992, Starbucks had grown to 140 outlets with a revenue of US $73.5 million.

The first Starbucks store outside North America opened in Tokyo, Japan in 1996. In September 2002 , Starbucks opened its first store in Latin America in Mexico City, Mexico…and thats how Starbucks all started.