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. 

Just a friend?

Sipping a raspberry frappuccino in a bustling branch of Starbucks, you laugh as he regales you with stories of university life in Canada. You wonder, however, at his choice of beverage: decaf in the mecca of caffeine? Interesting.

Thursday, 8 January, 2004, 12:00am

Andrew Lau

Shampoo: Johnson's Baby Shampoo, Neutrogena: 'I like simple products with not too much fragrance.'

T-Shirts: 'I wear my own brand - I have my own clothing line. Named Of Course, it features images of old Hong Kong.'

Shoes: Nike.

Suits: Giorgio Armani or Donna Karan.

30 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

Row brewing over Starbucks name

In Nanjing East Road, one of Shanghai's busiest shopping streets, customers sip coffee and munch biscuits in Starbucks.

What they do not know is that the shop they are in does not belong to the giant Starbucks of Seattle, with 6,500 outlets around the world, including 30 in Shanghai.

5 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Taste of the good life

In a couple of days, the most prominent branch of Starbucks (G/F, One Hysan Avenue, tel 2805 6927) in Hong Kong will reopen with a new look - more space, more comfort, and the same good coffee. Since the coffee legend came to Hong Kong in May 2000, the excitement has not died down. Glamorous souls frequent all its branches not just for caffeine kicks but also for the lifestyle.

18 Jul 2003 - 12:00am

Starbucks adds froth to Oxfam's message

LET US PUT the sad story of the plight of coffee growers into perspective, just so that you know what you are looking at when Starbucks this week offers 'fair trade' coffee as its 'coffee of the week'.

24 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

Coffee stirs call for fair trade

The global market has grown to US$70b, but the farmers who grow the beans are being denied their share. Now, non-government organisations are pushing for change

25 May 2003 - 12:00am

SoHo low

Who was the smartly dressed Westerner collapsed into the foetal position on Elgin Street at Sunday's SoHo Carnival?

8 Oct 2002 - 12:00am

Maxim's and Starbucks link

The world's largest coffee chain Starbucks Coffee International is partnering local food giant Maxim's Caterers to expand into southern China, with the first store due to open towards the end of the year. They will also launch in Macau by mid-year. The southern China stores will be developed and operated by their joint venture Coffee Concepts (Southern China).

7 May 2002 - 12:00am

Starbucks brews growth in Tianjin

Starbucks Coffee has opened two stores in Tianjin recently - as part of an expansion that managers say could cover much of northern China.

Beijing Mei Da Coffee, a licensee of Starbucks Coffee International, opened an 80 square metre store in a central Tianjin shopping centre called The Exchange last month.

15 Jan 2002 - 12:00am

Promotion not such a wheeze

TB or not TB, that is the question. Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer . . .


The revamped Hong Kong Tourism Board is keen to get it into our thick skulls it is not the HKTB. The edict from chairman Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee is the name should reflect the body's bigger board and change in constitution.

23 Apr 2001 - 12:00am

Food for thought

The homogenisation of SoHo is starting as Starbucks takes over the site that was once M Kitchens on Elgin Street. At least Starbucks is dependable, unlike M Kitchens where the food was pretty dreadful.

2 Mar 2001 - 12:00am

Viennese cafe plans branch

More international operators are eyeing Hong Kong's coffee culture in the wake of the arrival of US giant Starbucks. Sacher Cafe from Vienna is planning to join the fray, announcing its move just weeks after Starbucks opened two shops. Sacher Cafe says it has not finalised details but has said its planned overseas branches will follow its 19th-century Vienna cafe style.

5 Jun 2000 - 12:00am

Nasdaq 7 far from magnificent

You may have been reminded of the story of the Hare and Tortoise by a headline in this newspaper yesterday proclaiming that 'Nasdaq 7 start slowly'.

2 Jun 2000 - 12:00am

Food Web site set to whet appetites

AWeb site providing details about finding good eateries in the SAR is sure to become a popular bookmarked homepage.

23 May 2000 - 12:00am

Wake Up

WAKE UP: Starbucks Coffee president Peter Maslen brings his brew to Hong Kong with the opening of the chain's first outlet in the SAR. The group today opens a second and plans 12 more to satisfy what it hopes will be strong consumer demand.

3 May 2000 - 12:00am