Starbucks Coffee Company

Written by Gary Gresham

Starbucks Coffee Company was founded in 1971 by three businessmen in Seattle, Washington who had a love for coffee and tea. It was important to them thatrepparttar city of Seattle to have access their coffee.

The Starbucks Coffee Company grew slowly but by 1981 had 4 retail stores and a roasting plant that sold whole bean coffee in Seattle only.

By 1983repparttar 134930 marketing manager had a vision of re-creatingrepparttar 134931 magic and romance behindrepparttar 134932 Italian coffee bar and wanted to test outrepparttar 134933 concept of selling espresso byrepparttar 134934 cup. When Starbucks Coffee opened its 6th store in downtown Seattle,repparttar 134935 idea had become a hit. Within 2 monthsrepparttar 134936 new store was serving over 700 customers a day and it was selling 3 times more thanrepparttar 134937 whole bean locations.

In 1987,repparttar 134938 owners of Starbucks Coffee Company decided to sell their coffee business along withrepparttar 134939 name to a group of local investors for $3.7 million.

The new investors were told that they would open 125 Starbucks coffee stores inrepparttar 134940 next five years. Starting from a base of 17 stores in 1987,repparttar 134941 company expanded rapidly to Vancouver, Portland and Chicago.

By 1991 Starbucks had expanded intorepparttar 134942 mail-order catalogue business, licensed airport stores and expanded further intorepparttar 134943 state of California.

May's Featured Holidays and Recipes

Written by Lara Velez

There are three great days inrepparttar month of May that I would like to talk about...Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day, and Memorial Day. I will share a brief history and include a couple of delectable recipes. Happy May!


Cinco de Mayo - May 5, 2005 - Cinco de Mayo means "The 5th of May." Many people believe that it is Mexico's Independence Day. This is not true. Independence Day in Mexico is September 16. The history of Cinco de Mayo dates back torepparttar 134901 mid 1800's. Mexico was in substantial debt with France, Spain, and England. France decided to use this to their advantage and invade Mexico. The first invasion attempt was on May 5, 1862. It is known as The Battle of Pueblain. The Mexican army was out numbered and out matched, yet, they defeatedrepparttar 134902 French army and kept control of their country. Unfortunately, they lost a battle that took place about a year later andrepparttar 134903 French gained control from 1864 - 1867. Although Mexico lost out torepparttar 134904 French inrepparttar 134905 end...they still celebraterepparttar 134906 bravery shown atrepparttar 134907 first battle. I have included two delicious recipes to fit any Mexican celebration.

Make 'em Smile Guacamole (read entire recipe before starting) 1 very small onion, finely chopped 1 medium-large tomato, cored and very finely chopped 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and very finely chopped 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped 3 ripe, medium avocados, peeled, seeded, roughly mashed 1/4 cup of finely chopped leaf lettuce 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste) pepper to taste Juice of one small lime In a medium bowl, mixrepparttar 134908 onion, tomato, garlic and cilantro. About 1/2 hour before serving, add avocado withrepparttar 134909 rest ofrepparttar 134910 ingredients. Your goal is to create a thick mass of yum. Set aside for 10-15 minutes to letrepparttar 134911 flavors blend. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips or Mexican dish. Pinto Beans 4 cups water 2 cups dried pinto beans 1 medium onion, chopped 1/4 cup olive oil 2 cloves garlic 2 thick slices of bacon 1 teaspoon cumin Mix water, beans and onion in 4-quart Dutch oven. Cover and heat to boiling; boil about 2 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand 1 hour. Add just enough water to cover beans. Stir in remaining ingredients. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and boil gently, stirring occasionally, until beans are very tender, approximately 2 hours. (Add water during cooking if necessary.) Drain, cover, and refrigerate beans. Use within one week.

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