Featuring... Starbucks

Featuring... Starbucks

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Since Pumpkin Spice season is here, we thought it would be the perfect time to shout out to the Queen of Pumpkin Spice! Starbucks has come a long way since its opening in 1971, where it had just one store in Pike Place Market, Seattle. Even then, it valued great coffee, and when Howard Schultz tried it 10 years later, he was eager to become a part of the coffee story. After travelling to Italy and returning with knowledge and a vision, he eventually purchased Starbucks, and is now the chairman, president and chief executive officer. Fast forward to now, their influence is unrivalled. From art inspired by their iconic logo, to trends in cafes started from their own coffee shops, Starbucks is known and loved all over the world. They say their mission is “to inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup, and one neighbourhood at a time.”

Beverage Pioneers

Something that has always made Starbucks stand out is their innovation. One of their biggest influences has been after bringing the Pumpkin Spice Latte into their stores, giving Autumn lovers something else to get into the season with and all of us something to look forward to as the weather gets chillier. Now, we see many other cafes attempting the same thing, and many a recipe online to try and replicate the cosy drink. But of course, it isn’t just the PSL that shows off Starbucks’ creativity – even now, they have just launched “Oleato”, a range of drinks infused with Partanna extra virgin olive oil to create a smooth, luscious experience. We’ve also seen the Clotted Cream Fudge Cold Brew, the “Waffle Cone” Frappuccinos, and a Pink Coconut Starbucks Refresha. And that’s just what’s on the menu right now! With every new season, Starbucks seems to throw something fun into the mix, keeping their drinks fresh and interesting.

Coffee That Cares

As well as great drinks, Starbucks also have a variety of causes they support. This include NHS Charities Together, which is a national charity that raises funds for the NHS, to support NHS staff, patients and communities in ways that are over and above what the NHS can provide. Starbucks have donated over £700,000 to the cause, and have also donated over 500,000 food and drink to NHS staff. If you see any Blue Heart Badges in Starbucks’ stores, these are another way the brand are supporting this charity. As well as this, Starbucks are always striving to promote sustainability and work to ethically source their ingredients.

Where You Can Visit

Locations: Abingdon, Aylesbury - Sainsburys, Cannock, Cheadle, Cheltenham – The Promenade, Chester, Gloucester Drive Thru, Hitchin, Kidderminster Drive Thru, Kingsthorpe, Leamington Spa – Royal Priors, Manchester First Street, Manchester Parr Bridge, Market Harborough – St Marys Road, Milton Keynes – Kingston Park, Oadby, Oxford – London Road, Peterborough – Cathedral Gateway, Peterborough – Sainsburys, Peterborough Drive Thru, Stratford Upon Avon – High Street, Stroud, Telford, Telford Sainsburys.

Who can visit: 1 or 2 adults

Reimbursement: Up to £10

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