Do you love Starbucks’ coffee? If so, you must be curious how it became the coffee that most people love. Going further, aren’t you curious about how your favorite coffee is made? Well, keep reading.
History of Starbucks
In 1971, Zeb Siegl, Gordon Bowker, and Jerry Baldwin founded a store in Pike Place Market in Seattle called Starbucks. It was named after the first mate in Moby Dick, a classic written by Herman Melville. Thereafter, Alfred Peet, an importer of good quality arabica coffee, became an inspiration for Starbucks. Because of that, Starbucks stood out from competitors for offering high-quality coffee beans.
Howard Schultz, a sales representative in Hammarplast, became curious about Starbucks due to its large volume of orders of coffee makers. He was impressed and decided to work as head of marketing. He developed a customer-friendly brochure to introduce the company’s products to customers.
When Schultz attended a seminar in Italy, he was impressed by the country’s cafe. He wanted the same for Starbucks. However, Baldwin and Bowker did not share the same beliefs. This prompted Schultz to leave and start his own company called Il Giornale. It became successful quickly and expanded in no time.
In 1987, an opportunity knocked on Schultz’s door. Baldwin and Bowker wanted to sell Starbucks. Schultz was quick to grab the opportunity. Then, his idea of a cafe became a reality. In combination with his vision and the already established brand and system, Starbucks became one of the largest coffeehouse chains in the world.
Why is Starbucks so Popular?
No one can say that Starbucks sells very high-quality coffee. Indeed, there are coffee shops that offer a better quality of coffee. If that is the case, what makes Starbucks so successful?
Starbucks does not only sell coffee; it offers an experience. It redefines how a coffee shall be. With its pleasant ambience and good customer service, it created a place where people can relax, study, or work while drinking coffee. Most customers focus on a company that sells a quality of experience rather than a product of the best quality.
Moreover, its vast social media presence is undeniable. They never fail to pay attention to each customer. Besides, with pictures of celebrities holding a Starbucks coffee circulating the internet, it became a luxury brand that most people can afford.
Starbucks vs. Specialty Coffee: What's the Difference?
Specialty coffee focuses on good quality coffee, prioritizes good relationships, and creates a community. There are a few tests to identify a specialty coffee from any other coffee.
- Coffee origin test - transparency in giving all the information about the coffee like origin and processing method.
- Roast date test - the roast date must be indicated in the packaging.
- Flavor descriptor test - there is a detailed description of the flavor.
- Roast level test - it is also shown on the packaging.
Starbucks did not pass many tests because it prioritized the customer experience. Besides, they had to source more coffee to other farmers even if they did not offer a very high-quality product to meet its increasing demand.
Starbucks Recipes to Make at Home
- 1 cup of cooled, strong brewed coffee
- 2 cups of ice
- 1 cup of low-fat milk
- ⅓ cup of caramel sauce
- 3 tbsp of white sugar
- Blend the ice, brewed coffee, low-fat milk, caramel sauce, and white sugar.
- Put it in a glass. Add whipped cream on top, and then drizzle some caramel sauce.
- Add a straw before serving. You may keep the rest in the refrigerator.
Flat White Coffee
- Starbucks Espresso Roast
- 1 ¼ cups of whole milk
- Brew Starbucks Espresso Roast using the espresso machine or stove-top mocha pot.
- Pour two shots of espresso into a mug.
- Froth whole milk. To make it more velvety and smoother, use the spoon to push the microbubbles to the bottom of the pitcher.
- Pour the frothed milk into the mug until all the bubbles come out.
- Feel free to make latte art.
Cinnamon Dolce Latte
- 1/2 cup of espresso
- 2 tbsp of cinnamon dolce syrup
- Whipped cream
- Brew Starbucks Espresso Roast using the espresso machine.
- Pour 1/2 shots of espresso into a mug.
- Combine cinnamon dolce serum and milk in a saucepan. Stir until everything is thoroughly combined.
- Add the combination into the mug. Then add the whipped cream on top and sprinkle some cinnamon.
- 1 Starbucks Blonde Espresso Roast
- 1 cup of milk
- 2 tbsp of Starbucks Vanilla Syrup
- Brew 1 shot of Starbucks Blonde Espresso Roast using Nespresso or stove-top mocha pot.
- Froth milk.
- Add 2 tbsp of Starbucks Vanilla Syrup and stir.
- Pour the frothed milk into the mug, including the foam.
- 10 ice cubes
- 240 ml full-fat milk
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp of powdered sugar
- 3 tbsp of chocolate sauce
- 60ml strong brewed coffee
- Blend ice, cooled brewed coffee, milk, vanilla, and sugar.
- Add the chocolate sauce.
Iced Caramel Macchiato
- 1 tbsp of vanilla syrup
- ⅓ cup of ice cubes
- ¾ cup of milk
- 4 oz of Gevalia® Cold Brew Concentrate - House Blend
- 1 tbsp of caramel sauce
- Pour the vanilla syrup into the cup.
- Add the brewed coffee slowly.
- Drizzle the caramel sauce on top.
Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino
- 1 cup of milk
- 2 tbsp of sugar
- ⅓ cup of chocolate chips
- 3 tbsp of chocolate syrup
- 2 cups of ice
- ⅛ tsp of vanilla extract
- Blend the milk, sugar, chocolate chips, chocolate syrup, ice, and vanilla extract until it becomes smooth and creamy.
Crystal Ball Frappuccino (low-calorie recipe)
- 1 cup of frozen peach slices
- 3 tbsp of vanilla protein powder (w/ 100 calories per oz)
- 2 packets of no-calorie sweetener (like Truvia)
- 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup of crushed ice
- 3 drops of neon blue food coloring
- 2 tbsp of light whipped topping
- 1/2 tsp. edible glitter
- Blend peach slices, sweetener, protein powder, extract, ice, and ¾ cup of water until it is smooth. Stir, if necessary.
- In a glass, add 1 drop of food coloring and pour half of the blended drink.
- Swirl another drop of food coloring before adding some of the blended drink. Repeat until all the blended drink is inside the glass.
- Add whipped cream and some edible glitter on top.
Other Starbucks Recipes
Red Velvet Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino
It is a Mocha Frappuccino w/ half regular and half white mocha sauce. Then add cinnamon dolce syrup and raspberry syrup. The amount of this syrup depends on the size of the drink: 1 pump for tall, 2 pumps for grande, and 3 pumps for venti.
Cherry Blossom Frappuccino
It is a Grande Cream Based Frappuccino with a splash of passion tea, a splash of guava juice, and a scoop of vanilla bean powder.
While blending the frappe, swirl one pump of White Mocha Sauce on the side until it is a bit coated. Also, sprinkle half a scoop of matcha inside the cup. Then add some of the mixtures from the blender. After that, put some whipped cream and more matcha.
Year-Round Caramel Brulee Latte
It is a latte flavored with white mocha syrup and toffee nut syrup. The amount of this syrup depends on the size of the drink: 1 pump for tall, 2 pumps for grande, and 3 pumps for venti. On top, there is whipped cream and a topping of caramel brulee.
Chunky Monkey Frappuccino
It is a cream-based frappe with a banana, 2 scoops of vanilla bean powder, a pump of mocha syrup, hazelnut syrup, and toffee nut syrup. The amount of this syrup depends on the size of the drink: 1 pump for tall, 2 pumps for grande, and 3 pumps for venti. On top, put a drizzle of caramel and light mocha.
This is a Chocolate Cream Frappe with toffee nut syrup and hazelnut syrup. The amount of this syrup depends on the size of the drink: 1 pump for tall, 1.5 pumps for grande, and 2 pumps for venti. There is a caramel brulee on top.
Almond Joy Frappuccino
It is a coconut cream frappe with java chips and toffee nut syrup. The amount of this syrup depends on the size of the drink: 1/2 pump for tall and grande, and 1 pump for venti. Add mocha syrup on top.
Ferrero Raffaello Frappuccino
This is a mocha frappe with coconut syrup and blended coconut flakes. The amount of this syrup depends on the size of the drink: 1 pump for tall and grande, and 2 pumps for venti. On top, put whipped cream and coconut flakes. Optional: mocha drizzle and caramel drizzle.
Starbucks took the world by storm. Indeed, it changed how people experience their coffee. Look where they are now, one of the most successful companies in the world.