Starbucks Corporation is an American coffee company and coffee shop chain. Starbucks was established in Seattle, Washington in 1971. As of 2018, the business operates 28,218 locations worldwide.
Starbucks is thought about the major rep of “2nd wave coffee”, at first differentiating itself from various other coffee-serving places in the US by preference, quality, and client experience while mading popular darkly roasted coffee.  Because the 2000s, third wave coffee makers have actually targeted quality-minded coffee drinkers with hand-made coffee based upon lighter roasts, while Starbucks nowadays utilizes automatic coffee equipments for efficiency as well as safety factors.
Starbucks areas serve hot and cold beverages, whole-bean coffee, microground instant coffee called VIA, espresso, caffe latte, full- and also loose-leaf teas consisting of Teavana tea products, Evolution Fresh juices, Frappuccino drinks, La Boulange pastries, and also snacks consisting of items such as chips as well as crackers; some offerings (including their annual fall launch of the Pumpkin Seasoning Cappucino) are seasonal or specific to the area of the store. Several shops market pre-packaged food products, hot and cold sandwiches, and drinkware including mugs and tumblers; choose “Starbucks Evenings” areas provide beer, wine, as well as appetizers. Starbucks-brand coffee, ice cream, as well as bottled chilly coffee drinks are additionally cost grocery stores.
Starbucks first became lucrative in Seattle in the very early 1980s. Regardless of a preliminary financial recession with its development right into the Midwest and British Columbia in the late 1980s,  the business experienced revitalized prosperity with its access into The golden state in the early 1990s. The initial Starbucks location outside The United States and Canada opened in Tokyo in 1996; overseas homes now constitute virtually one-third of its shops. The business opened up approximately two brand-new areas daily in between 1987 as well as 2007.
On December 1, 2016, Howard Schultz revealed he would resign as CEO effective April 2017 and also would be changed by Kevin Johnson. Johnson represented Chief Executive Officer on April 3, 2017, as well as Howard Schultz retired to become Chairman Emeritus effective June 26, 2018.