4 things you may not know about Starbucks

4 things you may not know about Starbucks

Mubasher: The average American spends about $1,100 each year on coffee, a good number of those people are purchasing their coffee at Starbucks.

If you are one of those coffee lovers, here are four things you might probably don't know about global coffee maker Starbucks:


1. The well-known Pumpkin Spice Latte was invented by an athlete from Stanford

As many ladies prefer this delicious Pumpkin Spice Latte, it was originally conceived of by a male basketball player holding a BA in Economics and an MBA from Stanford.

In 2001, Peter Dukes first came to Starbucks, yet two years later he was asked to create a new branded espresso drink for the fall season.

A pumpkin pie inspired him to consider this latte, he persevered through push-back to institute the drink. He shall remain in the history of coffee all over the world.

It is worth noting that Dukes was included in a mural near the Starbucks HQ.

2. The name Starbucks comes from Moby Dick

A 585-page book by Melville was also the inspiration for your favourite cup from Starbucks; the character Starbuck, Captain Ahab's first mate on the whaling ship in Moby Dick, became the namesake for the iconic Seattle-based brand.


3. Cups’ size names are completely innovated

A "venti" latte might be your favourite order for morning coffee?

It turns out that the cup sizes "tall," "grande," and "venti" were first rolled out in Howard Schultz's solo cafe, Il Giornale, during one of his periods away from Starbucks.

Schultz has brought his cup-size “lingo” with him when he returned to Starbucks company.


4. Starbucks’ inception was by two high school teachers and a writer

They may seem ordinary, but the original founders of Starbucks were Zev Siegl, a history teacher; Jerry Baldwin, an English teacher; and Gordon Bowker, a writer. The company’s chairman and CEO, Howard Schultz, only came on later.

The founders had a moto; "bring the best coffee to Seattle."

They opened their first store in Pike Place Market in 1971, and until Schultz came on, Starbucks only sold beans.

In 2017, Starbucks grossed $22 billion.