Starbucks is a global coffee company founded in 1971 in Seattle, Washington, as a roaster and retailer of whole bean and ground coffee, tea and spices. Today it is the largest coffeehouse company in the world, with 20,366 stores in 61 countries. Starbucks went public on June 26, 1992 at a price of $17 per share (or $0.53 per share, adjusted for subsequent stock splits) and closed trading that first day at $21.50 per share. Starbucks Corporation's common stock is listed on NASDAQ, under the trading symbol SBUX. 


Coffee chains campaign against waste

The six largest coffee shop chains in town have formed the Green Cafe Alliance to discourage waste. Pacific Coffee, Starbucks, agnes b. le pain grille, Caffe Habitu, McCafe and Pret A Manger will ask customers at their combined 300 branches to think twice before using disposable cutlery.