Starbucks started on the essence that people share great coffee with friends and help make the world a little better. It is true in 1971, when the first Starbucks opened, and it's just as true today.
Back then, the company was a single store in Seattle's historic Pike Place Market. From a narrow storefront, Starbucks offered some of the world's finest fresh-roasted whole been coffees. The name, inspired by Moby Dick, evoked the romance of the high seas and the seafaring tradition of the early coffee traders.
Today, Starbucks has a total of 30,000 store across 80 countries.