There's a brand new store at Starbucks headquarters in Seattle, a first of its kind. And it's likely going to be a must-see stop for coffee fans visiting the Pacific Northwest.
Starbucks president of Siren Retail Cliff Burrows ordered up a Spiced Ginger Cold Brew, and explained why this flagship Starbucks Reserve store is special:
"This is something for the neighborhood, for the SoDo neighborhood, it's something with Starbucks we are extremely proud to share," said the executive in an exclusive interview with Evening.
The Reserve store is also an experience. There's a Princi bakery with windows that look into the kitchen where bakers create fresh loaves, pastries and desserts. There’s a cozy central fireplace. There’s a craft cocktail bar. And of course, there are new coffee creations:
“One of the things that is unique, and that you can only get here is our Nitro Draft Latte,” explained Shauna McKenzie-Lee, director of operations for Siren Retail. “I'm really excited about things like this that give our baristas a chance to really showcase our high-quality coffee."
The latte in her hands slowly swirls about long after it’s been pulled from the tap, just like a Guinness. And it’s served in something that looks a lot like a pint glass.
New Starbucks store at Seattle corporate headquarters is the first of its kind (Gallery)
The new Starbucks Reserve store is the opposite of a drive through coffee experience. Instead, it's an invitation to slow down and savor.
And celebrate the Seattle espresso stand that opened more than 45 years ago, and became a global phenomenon.