The Starbucks Story
Our story began in 1971. Back then we were a roaster and retailer of whole bean and ground coffee, tea and spices with a single store in Seattle’s Pike Place Market. Today, we are privileged to welcome millions of customers through our doors every day, in more than 17,000 locations in over 50 countries.
Our mission: to inspire and nurture the human spirit one person, one cup and one neighbourhood at a time.
We’ve always believed in serving the best coffee possible. It's our goal for all of our coffee to be grown under the highest standards of quality, using ethical sourcing practices. Our coffee buyers personally travel to coffee farms in Latin America, Africa and Asia to select the highest quality arabica beans. Once these quality beans arrive at our roasting plants, Starbucks experts bring out the balance and rich flavour of the beans through the signature Starbucks Roast™.
Our stores are a welcoming third place for meeting friends and family, enjoying a quiet moment alone with a book or simply finding a familiar place in a new city.
We offer the finest coffees in the world, grown, prepared and served by the finest people. Our employees, who we call partners, are at the heart of the Starbucks Experience. Our store partners are committed to coffee knowledge, product expertise and customer service. We believe in treating our partners with respect and dignity.
In Your Community
Being good neighbours is something we take seriously and is led locally by our store managers. They know what is important to their communities and how to best support them. In addition to being good neighbours we can use our size and our brand for good, by bringing people together, inspiring change and making a difference.