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Coffee Culture in Seattle

By Avery Carruthers 

I consider myself to be quite lucky. Why am I so lucky you may ask? Well folks, today, I get the pleasure of writing about one of my greatest passions in life: coffee. I am a firm believer that a great cup of coffee can change your day in the best possible way. Having grown up in Seattle, a.k.a. the Emerald City, I have had the opportunity to try some of the country’s best coffee roasts. From Cherry Street Coffee House to Tully’s to Uptown Espresso, I have taste-tested beans imported from around the globe. 






One coffee shop that stands out in particular that is close to my heart (literally) is Starbucks. I live in Seattle, which is the center for coffee roasting and has been the cross roads for various types of coffee in the United States. I worked as a partner for over two years, but I have also visited their corporate headquarters at least 10 times (yes, I guess you can say I am obsessed). Since 1971, Starbucks has provided ethically grown Arabica coffee to customers everywhere from Asia, Africa and Latin America. Technically, I know that coffee can be confusing but trust me, it is easier to comprehend then you may think.



As a partner, let me give you the quick low-down: dark roasts are (typically) from Asia, medium roasts are from Africa, and blonde roasts are from Latin America. How can you tell the difference? That is just as simple: blonde roasts have higher acidity whereas dark roasts have fuller bodies and are the least acidic. But that’s enough about that… Honestly, Starbucks is not just a coffee store for Seattleites, it is a way of life. I have incorporated a tall peppermint mocha into my daily routine and without it, I would be lost (I also recommend the cinnamon dolce latte because they are incredible).



Stylish With Coffee 

In order to fully grasp the amazingness that IS Starbucks, let me share with you their mission: to inspire and nurture the human spirit, one person, one cup, and one neighborhood at a time. Believe me, this mission is fulfilled to the fullest. No, I am not just saying that since I am a partner myself, but I truly experience it at every store I visit. Having traveled to England, France and Spain (all of which have a Starbucks), I have first handedly seen this mission carried out internationally. Starbucks is more than coffee; it is a cup of joy that spreads happiness around the world.


Different Types of Coffee Beans 

Back in 1971, Starbucks started as a small store located in Pike Place Market. Here is a fun fact: the name was inspired by Moby Dick’s character, Starbuck. Bet you didn’t know that, huh? Later in 1983, CEO Howard Shultz (who I have met, by the way) joined the company and revolutionized the way people experience Starbucks today (want to read more? Check out his book, Onward). Currently, there are more than 18,000 stores in 62 countries, each that offer their own individual charm.  


Me

As a Seattleite, Starbucks will always hold a special place in my heart. Please take my advice- do not let the price fool you, each sip of coffee is worth it. If it is not perfect, they will always make it right.



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