1. The Name and Logo: Starbucks is named after Starbuck, a character in Herman Melville’s 1851 novel, Moby-Dick. The Starbucks logo is based on a 16th-century Norse woodcut of a twin-tailed mermaid, or Siren.
  2. Origins: Starbucks was not originally in the business of selling brewed coffee. The first store, opened in Seattle in 1971, sold coffee beans, tea, and spices.
  3. Massive Store Count: As of 2021, there are over 32,000 Starbucks stores in more than 80 markets worldwide.
  4. Starbucks at Sea: Starbucks opened its first store at sea on the Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas cruise ship in 2010.
  5. Employee Education: In 2014, Starbucks started a program that offered its employees the chance to complete a bachelor’s degree online at Arizona State University for free.
  6. Largest Starbucks: The world’s largest Starbucks opened in November 2019 in Chicago. It’s a four-story, 35,000 square foot store.
  7. Customization: Starbucks claims that there are over 87,000 possible drink combinations available.
  8. Growth: On average, Starbucks has added two stores on a daily basis since 1987.
  9. Green Aprons: The green aprons worn by Starbucks baristas were not part of the original uniform. They were added when Howard Schultz took over the company in 1987.
  10. Cups of Coffee: Starbucks serves over 4 billion cups of coffee per year.
  11. Environmental Responsibility: Starbucks aims to build new company-operated stores in the U.S. and Canada to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.
  12. Starbucks in Movies: The first Starbucks location in a movie was in the 1993 film “Sleepless in Seattle.”
  13. First International Store: The first international Starbucks opened in Tokyo, Japan in 1996.
  14. A Pike Place Secret: The Starbucks store at 1912 Pike Place in Seattle is commonly referred to as the original Starbucks location, although it’s not. The actual first location was at 2000 Western Avenue, which opened in 1971 and closed in 1976.
  15. The Language of Starbucks: The size options of Tall, Grande, and Venti are Italian for large, grand, and twenty (referring to the number of fluid ounces in the drink).
  16. Most Expensive Drink: The record for the most expensive Starbucks drink ever ordered is held by a man in Florida. The drink contained 60 shots of espresso and cost $83.75.
  17. Music Label: Starbucks briefly had its own music label, Hear Music, in collaboration with Concord Music Group. They signed artists such as Paul McCartney and Joni Mitchell.
  18. Healthcare for Part-Timers: Starbucks was one of the first companies to offer full healthcare benefits to part-time employees.
  19. Pumpkin Spice Popularity: The Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, often known as the PSL, is the company’s most popular seasonal beverage of all time.
  20. Starbucks Roastery: Starbucks Roasteries, which are much larger than regular Starbucks stores, offer rare and exclusive coffees, drinks, and pastries, as well as merchandise and brewing equipment. As of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021, there are Roasteries in Seattle, Shanghai, Milan, New York, Tokyo, and Chicago.

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