Field Trip at Starbucks (Seattle, WA – Grades 4-12)
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Please note that the timing of this field trip is 9:45am-12:30pm. Schools should plan to arrive by 9:30 to assure a prompt beginning to a packed agenda!
Visit the headquarters of Seattle’s iconic coffee company! Students will enjoy an exciting tour of the building known within Starbucks as “Hogwarts” for it’s unique design and “disappearing” staircases! Learn about the technology, innovation, and sustainability efforts that bring coffee to consumers, and meet women who work in different Starbucks STEM roles.
With every cup, with every conversation, with every community, Starbucks nurtures the limitless possibilities of human connection. The company story begins in 1971 along the cobblestone streets of Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market. It was here where Starbucks opened its first store, offering fresh-roasted coffee beans, tea and spices from around the world for our customers to take home. There name was inspired by the classic tale, “Moby-Dick,” evoking the seafaring tradition of the early coffee traders.
Ten years later, a young New Yorker named Howard Schultz would walk through these doors and become captivated with Starbucks coffee from his first sip. After joining the company in 1982, a different cobblestone road would lead him to another discovery. It was on a trip to Milan in 1983 that Howard first experienced Italy’s coffeehouses, and he returned to Seattle inspired to bring the warmth and artistry of its coffee culture to Starbucks. By 1987, brown aprons were swapped for green ones, and Starbucks embarked on the next chapter as a coffeehouse.
All students who attend will receive Starbucks swag!