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Photos of First Starbucks Store

Step Back in Time at the Original Pike Place Market Starbucks

This past weekend, I had the privilege of flying out to Seattle to visit Starbucks headquarters and learn more about the company's practices, from coffee bean to cup. Fittingly, my journey started with a drop-in at the original Starbucks in Pike Place Market, the bean boutique where it all began.

Although the store moved a block south in 1977, I imagine its look didn't depart too much from the way it appears today. I didn't stay long, but left with the takeaway that even Starbucks, one of the most recognizable brands in the world, had humble beginnings when it began as a coffee roaster in the Spring of 1971.

The view of the storefront from the street. 
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Store number one directly across from the covered stalls at Seattle's famed Pike Place Public Market.
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Signage displays the corporation's very first logo, which depicts a far more detailed (and risqué!) mermaid.
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The counter looks exactly the same — well, almost. Because the first Starbucks is a registered landmark, the company has tried to modify everything as little as possible, which means this location contains no pastries, and actually serves no food at all. 
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The store offers one whole bean coffee by the bag, the Pike Place Special Reserve, that is not available at any other location.
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Peek around inside the store when you keep reading.

The view of the storefront from the street. 
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Store number one directly across from the covered stalls at Seattle's famed Pike Place Public Market.
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Signage displays the corporation's very first logo, which depicts a far more detailed (and risqué!) mermaid.
</p>
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The counter looks exactly the same — well, almost. Because the first Starbucks is a registered landmark, the company has tried to modify everything as little as possible, which means this location contains no pastries, and actually serves no food at all. 
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The store offers one whole bean coffee by the bag, the Pike Place Special Reserve, that is not available at any other location.
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Unassuming grain wood floors and counters make up most of the store, which is also piled high to the ceiling with boxes of coffee. 
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A map of the world shows all the various types of coffees across the globe that are roasted by Starbucks.
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Of course, my experience wouldn't have been complete without ordering a cup of coffee and drinking it by the bar. 
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Atop the entrance sits a pig — which bears a strong likeness to Rachel, Pike Place Market's unofficial bronze mascot — made entirely out of roasted coffee beans.
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I've always wanted to collect the chain's city coffee cups from around the world. Obviously, Starbucks headquarters beat me to it!<br />
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