It's as Seattle as the Seahawks, if you ever take a trip to Pike Place Market, you are bound to see lines stretching out its doors. There the "original" Starbucks is still in operation. From humble beginnings in 1971 as company intent on selling coffee beans, to its transformation by visionary CEO Howard Schultz into the world's most dominant force in coffee, Starbucks has completely changed the way America (and the world) does coffee. Today, the company has over 21,500 shops worldwide.
Starbucks seeks to, "inspire and nurture the human spirit - one person, one cup, and one neighborhood at a time". The company four key values to help drive their mission. The first is creating a culture of warmth and belonging. Second is challenging the status quo. Third is being present and connecting with transparency. Finally, delivering the very best in all the company does.
What makes Starbucks unique?
Starbucks was the first major gourmet coffee chain in the United States. Howard Schultz has spoken of visiting Europe and seeing communities built around coffee shops. He wanted to bring the same concept to America.