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. 

If your cup runs over with kindness, reward is yours

Mini drivers become ambassadors in Starbucks' search for good Samaritans

'Stop! There is a cup on your car!'

Several years ago in the US, a good Samaritan flagged down a taxi when he saw a cup of hot coffee on the top of the car.

Tuesday, 18 December, 2007, 12:00am

some like it hot

1 English took the word 'coffee' from 'caffe', a word in which European language?

2 Glogg is the Scandinavian form of what drink?

3 What popular drink is sold as 'The Great Family Nourisher' in India?

4 Which is the world's largest coffee-exporting nation?

16 Dec 2007 - 12:00am


Tibet has been part of China for 700 years

In his letter 'Rewriting history books' (October 23), Marcus Anthony wrote: 'It was China that invaded Tibet and rewrote its history books to make Tibet look like it had always been a part of China.'

Apparently Mr Anthony is no expert in Chinese history.

26 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Starbucks in the grinder over water use

Starbucks found itself in hot water again this week after a Beijing newspaper attacked the company for wasting water.

Two articles in the Beijing Evening News accused the company of being unaware of the city's water-saving guidelines due to its practice of setting taps on coffee workbenches to flow constantly.

13 Oct 2007 - 12:00am


Whizz kids are too young for university

It seems people like to put the spotlight on students who get top results in public examinations.

Two such gifted students - Ho Hoi-lam, 14, and March Boedihardjo, nine - started their university life this academic year.

11 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Have Your Say

Give blood and help people who need it

Giving blood is a good thing to do, but too many people shy away from it. They think it is bad for their health, painful or dangerous.

But giving blood is actually easy and almost painless. It's much less painful than having an ear pierced or a tattoo. I don't understand why people are so reluctant to do it.

1 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Card-carrying orange juice drinker wins a year's free coffee from Starbucks

The bean brewers at Starbucks unveiled the winners in their card design competition on Monday at the Fringe Club. For regulars, these cash-storing Octopus-like cards are a quick way to get their fix of latte or espresso.

11 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

To Sir Paul with love, from HK coffee lovers

Paul McCartney's turning 65 and to celebrate the former Beatle's birthday, coffee-drinking fans had the opportunity yesterday to send him a greeting on video.

A film crew gathered at Starbucks in Two IFC for two hours over lunchtime, and in between lattes and cappucinos, fans put their thoughts on film. Hong Kong was one of 10 locations taking part in the video tribute.

6 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Pirates feel the pressure

Hong Kong set a milestone in the global crusade against copyright infringement with a court ruling that sent an internet user to jail for uploading Hollywood movies.

28 May 2007 - 12:00am

Shanghai coffee shop buckles to Starbucks' action

A small Shanghai cafe has changed its name and logo three months after the city's High Court upheld a copyright infringement claim lodged by Starbucks.

The formerly privately run Shanghai Xingbake Cafe renamed its two city outlets the Fang Yun Cafe this month, clearly distancing itself from Xingbake, the Chinese translation of Starbucks.

22 May 2007 - 12:00am

Starbucks sets the stage for retail entertainment

What is the first image that comes to mind when you hear the word 'coffee'?

The home in the morning, and a boiling pot on the kitchen table waiting to be poured into a mug before you rush out the door?

18 May 2007 - 12:00am

Search for the perfect bean


Coffee drinking is a popular pastime in Hong Kong, but few of us are aware of the complex processes that bring the quality brew to our tables. While millions enjoy their cup, merchandisers and purchasers are searching high and low around the world to find the perfect bean.

18 May 2007 - 12:00am

Starbucks' invasion continues, with coffee chain calling for the doctor

It's true. There will probably be a Starbucks in every Hong Kong building soon. So far the coffee chain has 76 outlets, including five at the airport and more than one in many malls. This afternoon, the overkill continues with one opening of the first in a public hospital, the Queen Mary.

10 May 2007 - 12:00am

Make mine a comedy

A group of teenagers have written a comedy called Tall Iced Low Fat Mocha Frapuccino, No Whip!, about the lives of ordinary people who go to coffee shops. The Faust World production will be presented on May 21 and 22.

Callum Wilson, a 14-year-old student from the Chinese International School, plays one of the five baristas in Barstucks.

29 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Word Power

Match the following words with their meanings on the right.

1. affluence

2. unethical

3. lucrative

4. malnourished

5. savour

6. boycott

a. enjoy the taste or flavour of something

b. wealth; prosperity

c. refuse to buy or deal with someone/something

23 Apr 2007 - 12:00am