This Is The Biggest Starbucks In The World… And It’s Beyond Awesome.
Oh, Starbucks. How I love and simultaneously loathe you. Sure, many complain about the prices (myself included), but Starbucks coffee is reliable in a pinch, especially when you're not in a neighborhood with any local roasters. I am a consumer of convenience, mostly...but I do enjoy a good salted caramel latte.
Nine blocks away from their original Pike Place location in Seattle, is this behemoth: The world's largest Starbucks. It is the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room, and the space brings Willy Wonka's chocolate factory to mind: Beans literally move through pipes and into bins where the baristas collect them to brew you a fresh cup of joe! The idea was to create a roastery connected to a cafe, so that Starbucks' loyal customers could see how their coffee was made. The end result beautiful: A large-scale, high-concept design and a LOT of coffee. Despite my back-and forth relationship with Starbucks, even I can't argue with that. Let's all go immediately.
The pipes leading from the ceiling to the coffee bins give the space a factory feel.
Baristas behind the counter: Are they wearing the green apron?
This is definitely different than your average Starbucks.
The Roastery is where coffee consumers can join with coffee producers.
Customers can explore and inspect the large-scale roasters.
Starbucks wanted a way for their customers to feel more connected with how their coffee is made.
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