Whether you’re looking for a hot cup of coffee, or a conveniently located bathroom, chances are you dip into a Starbucks. Why? Because there’s a Starbucks on every corner, in every city, in every state, in every country. Or at least it seems like it. Ever wonder how the little shop became the most popular coffee franchise in the world? Check out 13 facts about Starbucks you probably didn’t know!
The company’s name came from a character in Herman Melville’s novel, “Moby Dick”.
Starbuck is the first mate of the story’s ill-fated ship.
Who’s that mermaid, anyways?
She’s based on a sixteenth century Norse woodcut of a twin-tailed siren. Makes sense for a company named after a sea-man.
For the last 27 years, Starbucks has grown by an average of two stores each day.
And they serve 4 billion cups each year.
There are a total of 36,000 possible Frappuccino combinations.
And the list keeps growing…
A grande coffee contains more caffeine than four cans of Red Bull.
That’s 330 milligrams, to be exact.
Starbucks is a strong supporter of the LGBT community.
In 2012, they were one of the largest companies in Washington to back the legalization of same sex marriage.
The owner of Peet’s Coffee & Tea taught the three Starbucks founders how to roast coffee beans.
In 1984, the trio went on to buy Peet’s.
They didn’t sell ready-to-drink coffee for the first 15 years.
When they opened in 1971 in Seattle, Starbucks sold coffee beans and coffee equipment. It wasn’t until Howard Schultz bought the company in 1986 that they began selling hot coffee.
The Trenta has more liquid than the human stomach can hold.
Meaning “thirty” in Italian, the largest cup size contains 30.9 ounces of coffee. The average human stomach can hold 30.4 ounces of liquid. Good thing (almost) every Starbucks has a bathroom!
And yes, they’re verified.
Starbucks is the original MVP of Facebook.
They were the first brand to ever reach 10 million likes on the social platform.
The single-seat round tables are more than just a design choice.
They are meant to make coffee drinkers feel less alone when sitting by themselves.
They open earlier, and close later, than you think.
Starbucks follows a 10-minute rule, meaning they open 10 minutes earlier and stay open 10 minutes later than the official hours. There’s time to get that latte after all!
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