American multinational coffee company

Starbucks is a chain of stores that sell coffee. A chain is many stores owned by the same company. Many of the stores look the same, and all stores sell the same items, often at the same prices. As well as coffee, Starbucks sells beverages and baked goods.

Starbucks Corporation
Company typePublic
ISINUS8552441094 Edit this on Wikidata
IndustryCoffee shop
Pike Place Market, Elliott Bay, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Headquarters2401 Utah Avenue South,
Seattle, Washington
Number of locations
23,768[1] (2016)
Area served
Key people
Howard Schultz
(Chairman and CEO)
Kevin Johnson
(President and COO)
  • Coffee beverages
  • smoothies
  • tea
  • baked goods
  • sandwiches
RevenueIncrease US$ 16.447 billion[2] (2014)
Increase US$ 3.081 billion[2]
3,281,600,000 United States dollar (2022) Edit this on Wikidata
Total assetsDecrease US$ 10.752 billion[3] (2014)
Total equityIncrease US$ 5.272 billion[2] (2014)
Number of employees
191,000[4] (2014)

Starbucks started in Seattle in the United States in 1971. The number of stores has grown quickly. There are over 9,000 Starbucks stores all over the world. Most of these stores are in the United States. Some large cities in the U.S. have many Starbucks stores. Sometimes they open so many stores in one city that there are two Starbucks within a few blocks of each other.

Starbucks sells many kinds of drinks. There are 5 sizes: short, tall, grande, venti and trenta. There are many ways to customize each drink. A frappuccino, for example, is a cold drink. Flavored syrup and cream is added to coffee or juice and stirred with ice.

Some stores sell special items, such as mugs related to the city they are located in.

International growth


The first Starbucks in Japan opened in Ginza in 1996. There were 985 stores in Japan in 2012.


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