Starbucks Corporation is the world’s largest coffeehouse chain with over 16,000 stores worldwide. But who founded Starbucks? This post will answer that question and also tell you a few interesting facts about Starbucks.
Who Founded Starbucks?
Starbucks was founded in 1971 by 3 partners- English teacher Jerry Baldwin, history teacher Zev Siegel and writer Gordon Bowker. They opened the original Starbucks store in Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington. They eventually sold the Starbucks chain in 1987.
Interesting Facts About Starbucks
- Starbucks now has stores in over 40 countries including Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Peru, Ireland and Greece.
- Starbucks began selling Product Red goods in 2008, enabling the supply of medicine to 3,800 AIDS sufferers a year.
- Worldwide, Starbucks employs over 175,000 people.
- In the 1990′s, Starbucks opened a new store every workday (on average).
- The first Starbucks located outside North America was opened in Tokyo, Japan in 1996.
- The company is named after Starbuck- Captain Ahab’s first mate in the novel ‘Moby-Dick’.
- The sale of Ethos Water in Starbucks’ stores generated over $6 million for charity between 2005 and June, 2009.
- Some people have claimed that Starbucks sends part of its profits to the Israel Defense Forces. Starbucks refutes these claims as they are based on a fake email supposedly sent by Starbucks.
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