Starbucks, the world’s best-known coffee company, has gained an unmatchable reputation for itself. A light bulb went off in Howard Schultz’s head as he toured Milan, Italy in 1983 and discovered the city had over 1500 coffee shops. Four years later, the enterprising Schultz bought Starbucks which had previously only sold ground coffee in bags with really no servings and turned it into a global sensation from a six-store Seattle operation. Starbucks has now become more than just a coffee shop; it is a way of life, and everyone wants to be informed.
Since it feels like a flurry of new Starbucks information is thrown around every day, we have brought together an organized list of some key (as well as shocking) Starbucks facts to keep you up to date.
1. Scents are not allowed in Starbucks
Since aroma is so important to the Starbucks experience, Schultz, the company’s long time CEO who retired in 2018 and now is Chairman Emeritus, established a rule early on: nothing can compete with the aroma of their freshly ground coffee. Employees are often asked not to wear deodorant or cologne, as the stores outlawed smoking in the late 1980s, years until the practise became widespread.
2. Living near a Starbucks will raise the value of your home
It’s not just good for your caffeine addiction to live near a Starbucks; it also boosts the value of your house. Furthermore, as per Zillow.com data, when a Starbucks opens in a neighbourhood, house prices increase at twice the normal pace. And it is quicker than Dunkin’ Donuts-serving areas. Furthermore, according to a Quartz report, if a new Starbucks opens in a neighbourhood, property prices in the region rose at twice the normal pace. So maybe your regular coffee run is not as bad for you as you thought?
3. The nipples were shown by the Starbucks Mermaid
The alluring power of coffee is symbolized by the siren in the iconic Starbucks logo, and her hair tastefully concealing any sign of immodesty. While Starbucks was still a small chain in 1970s Seattle, however, the mermaid’s breasts were completely revealed. Some consumers commented on it, but it was not until the company started delivering packages and had to place their signs on trucks that it became shameful. The logo was changed because it didn’t want to be associated with portable nudity.
4. Match.com is a good place to look for a Starbucks date
Yes, Starbucks and Match.com have teamed up to help transform coffee addicts into lovers, with Match members being able to use the “Meet at Starbucks” option to set up the first date. Over a pair of caramel macchiatos, what perfect way to fall in love? Also, according to Clover, a smartphone dating app that looked at data from 200,000 of its users and discovered that Starbucks is the most famous first date location. As per Clover, 52% of women and 31% of men choose to meet for the first time at a coffee shop.
5. Starbucks’ hidden menu has a website
Even though the secret menu has become increasingly popular over the years, many people are still unaware of several things. The Captain Crunch Berry Frappuccino, Spiced Apple Chai, and Caramel Snickerdoodle Macchiato are only a few examples of drinks that blur the distinction between coffee and dessert. Do you want to give one a try during your next visit?
Starbucks’ hidden menu isn’t that secret after all.
The secret menu trend, on the other hand, does not appear to be popular among baristas. Many people have been taking to online forums including, Reddit to express their dissatisfaction with customers coming in to order trendy “secret” drinks but do not have the recipes.
6. Starbucks stores have been built from Old Shipping Containers
After 2011, several stores made of repurposed shipping containers have opened as a testament to the company’s eco-friendly stance. Some people use run-off drains to feed rainwater to surrounding plants, while others finish the job with local materials including, abandoned wooden fencing. While most of the recycled storefronts are drive-through only, patrons can see a smiling barista’s face thanks to video cameras. They are even smaller than a traditional store, at 1000 square feet, and Starbucks plans to use the small footprint to squeak into spaces that were previously considered too small to lease.
7. The Managers of Starbucks were forced to play with Mr Potato Head
Starbucks sent executive Scott Heydon for some updated managerial preparation in 2009, eager to speed up performance in the face of tougher competition. Heydon challenged managers to assemble a Mr Potato Head toy and bring him back in his box within just 45 seconds to show how workers can reduce idle time behind the counter. In less than 16 seconds, at least one supervisor was able to gather the scattered pieces and reconstruct the spud.
8. There are over 87,000 different drink combinations to choose from
Your drink options are endless when you consider the different size, drink, and flavour choices. You now know why you get nervous when you have to wait in line. To a Wall Street Journal writer, Starbucks spokeswoman Lisa Passe discussed how they managed to come up with it: “If you took all of our core drinks, multiply them all by the modifiers and customization choices, you get even more than 87,000 variations.” Wow!
9. Technology for the best cup of coffee is available in several Starbucks Stores
Starbucks gives a lot of thought to serving a fine cup of coffee. Employees never leave brewed pots sitting for even more than 30 minutes, and no chemically flavoured grounds are used in the shops. The Clover, a proprietary machine designed by Stanford which costs $13,000 to build and utilizes a vacuum and elevator system to fire coffee grounds upward with precise water temperatures, as well as being the next big step in bean preparation. Expect to have to pay up to $5 a cup if you are fortunate enough to live near a store that sells them.
10. A Starbucks corporate standoff resulted from Non-fat Milk
Howard Behar was shocked to discover that many consumers had filled out comment cards expressing their preference for non-fat milk when he joined Starbucks as an executive in 1989. Schultz and his squad, on the other hand, had agreed that non-fat was not distinctively Italian. Customers should also get whatever they want, according to Behar. Store managers objected, but Schultz relented after seeing a customer walk out due to a lack of choices. Half of the company’s cappuccinos and lattes are now frothed minus fat, according to estimates.