I really enjoy my job. It’s the kind of job that you’re excited to go to and are constantly wanting to learn more about. There is something about coffee that inspires me and I can’t seem to get enough.
Most people don’t know this, but Starbucks does a LOT for its communities, and even more for the countries where they buy their beans from. People often jump to conclusions about Starbucks because it’s such a big corporation, but really they are very passionate about what they do, and giving back is huge.
Did you know that Starbucks pays for employees to volunteer? I don’t mean the employees get paid, but the places where we volunteer get money for the hours we put in. #extrashotofgood
Did you know that in an effort to ensure a transparent purchasing process, Starbucks developed something called C.A.F.E practice? This ensures that quality of life for coffee farmers is ethical, pay is accountable, quality is high, and all environmental needs are met.
Did you know that on top of paying a premium price for ethical sourcing (giving them high quality arabica beans) Starbucks helps coffee farmers with financial support when funds are low?
I finally took the time to visit the Starbucks Center in Seattle, also known as Starbucks Headquarters. It’s kind of a big deal. I’m fortunate enough to live in the area where Starbucks first started, and visiting this location was just a hop, skip, and a jump across the water.
Unfortunately without being an employee of the actual corporate building, I had limited access to the inner offices. I did get to explore the Starbucks shop, and enjoyed a free cup of “visitor” coffee.
I’m still very much of an equal opportunist, and I adore local and small coffee shops too. I think trying local coffee is one of three great ways to explore new areas, and while I love Starbucks I don’t always go to one when I am traveling somewhere new. Local coffee usually wins.
Seattle is a different story though, being the birthplace of Starbucks.
It was a great experience to visit the place where all the magic happens so to speak. Maybe one day I’ll have the opportunity to venture behind the “badge entrance only” doors.
Until then I’ll continue making coffee I’m proud to sell, and educate people on the details that go down “behind the scenes.”
Q: Do you “believe in” the story behind place you work?