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.
Peek around inside the store when you keep reading.