Starbucks Coffee Company

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Our Heritage

Every day, we go to work hoping to do two things: share great coffee with our friends and help make the world a little better. It was true when the first Starbucks opened in 1971, and it’s just as true today.

Back then, the company was a single store in Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market. From just a narrow storefront, Starbucks offered some of the world’s finest fresh-roasted whole bean coffees. The name, inspired by Moby Dick, evoked the romance of the high seas and the seafaring tradition of the early coffee traders.

In 1981, Howard Schultz (Starbucks chairman and chief executive officer) had first walked into a Starbucks store. From his first cup of Sumatra, Howard was drawn into Starbucks and joined a year later.

In 1983, Howard traveled to Italy and became captivated with Italian coffee bars and the romance of the coffee experience. He had a vision to bring the Italian coffeehouse tradition back to the United States. A place for conversation and a sense of community. A third place between work and home. He left Starbucks for a short period of time to start his own Il Giornale coffeehouses and returned in August 1987 to purchase Starbucks with the help of local investors.

From the beginning, Starbucks set out to be a different kind of company. One that not only celebrated coffee and the rich tradition, but that also brought a feeling of connection.

Our mission to inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup, and one neighborhood at a time.

Expect More Than Coffee

We’re not just passionate purveyors of coffee, but everything else that goes with a full and rewarding coffeehouse experience. We also offer a selection of premium teas, fine pastries and other delectable treats to please the taste buds. And the music you hear in store is chosen for its artistry and appeal.

It’s not unusual to see people coming to Starbucks to chat, meet up or even work. We’re a neighborhood gathering place, a part of the daily routine – and we couldn’t be happier about it. Get to know us and you’ll see: we are so much more than what we brew.

We make sure everything we do is through the lens of humanity – from our commitment to the highest quality coffee in the world, to the way we engage with our customers and communities to do business responsibly.

PO Box 6363

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One Comment

  1. Starbucks San Diego region has earned our first designation of companies that are “LSO” aka “Lip Service Organizations”, now in all fairness to Starbucks as a whole, we here at GoHireAVet appreciate the company’s efforts in hiring our “Military Community”. In fact personally I applaud the company’s efforts in continuing to build “military friendly” programs for our military community.

    However, unfortunately when you have a large organization such as Starbucks it’s virtually impossible to ensure that everyone in your employ follows those company focused directives.

    That seems to be the situation here in San Diego with certain “operational management personnel”. But rather than “throw the baby out with the bath water” so to speak, I would say that if I were those individuals that don’t seem to have the same dedication to supporting our military community as the fine company that Starbucks is as a whole, then I would suggest those individuals look for other employment, rather than give “Lip Service” to the “Military Friendly” support cause that is in their local area.

    So I’ve decided as a new company initiative here at GoHireAVet that we’ll also provide a sort of “Angie’s List” for the military community to ensure that companies aren’t just providing “Lip Service” when they talk about being “Military Friendly”.

    If anyone else in the military community here in San Diego or elsewhere around the country knows of companies or organizations that are either “Military Service Oriented” or “Lip Service Oriented” when it comes to supporting the community that we are proud to be in and serving to defend and protect our country & it’s citizens, then please join us and let our fellow “military communities” know who shines on and who should simply “pack it away”.

    And if I or we offend anyone or you feel you or your company or organization has been unjustly targeted or accused of being not “military friendly” then please feel free to contact us here and we’ll make sure that your true “military service oriented” values are properly publicized to the rest of us.

    Ric Hembree-Carter
    Founder & CEO
    Toll Free: (877) 775-2892

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