Ever wondered how the famous Starbucks make their coffee and what coffeemaker do they use to make their coffee that is so widely popular in the whole world? Before I discuss these, here’s a brief history about Starbucks and how they came about.
History of Starbucks
The first coffee shop of Starbucks opened on 1971 in Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market. Initially, Starbucks was to be named Pequod, a ship from the famous book, Moby-Dick, but they settled in naming the company after the chief mate of the ship Pequod, Starbuck. Fast forward to 1980’s, Howard Schultz joined Starbucks. He saw a great potential in espresso bars while he was on a trip in Milan, Italy and how famous it were.
They opened their first coffee shop where customers can order coffee since they first started in just selling coffee beans. Howard Schultz was right. Starbucks was a huge success which later on expanded in the United States and the rest of the world. As of today, Starbucks has over 22,519 stores around the world and continues to expand year after per year. Truly, Starbucks has become a global brand that everyone loves.
What Coffee Maker Does Starbucks Use?
Now you know how Starbucks came to be one of the most famous coffee shops in the world, you may be curious to know what coffee makers they use to make their world famous coffee. But first, coffee machines are not the only one responsible for Starbucks high quality coffee and success. Of course, the coffee beans and the barista should be taken in account to as well.
Their coffee beans are calledArabica coffee beans which are sourced from three regions; Latin America, Africa, and Asia-Pacific. Their signature coffee blends are mostly sourced from the Asia-Pacific region. Starbucks also have their own 240-hectare farm in Costa Rica where they cultivate their very own coffee beans. It is also said that they also importcoffee beans from China over 14,000 bags every year.
Their baristas are trained with a lot of hands-on practice with manuals, books, and booklets to perfect their signature blends. They have what they call the “Barista Basics Training Program” that provides high quality training to newly hired baristas to know the ins and outs in making Starbucks coffee and equips them with the specific skills and knowledge.
This program provides one on one practice and even on-the-job training to prepare baristas well once they are already officially working. They also train baristas to gain soft skills so they can provide quality customer service to Starbucks’ coffee lovers.
Back to coffee makers, here is the list of high-quality coffee machines which Starbucks uses to produce their most popular coffee blends:
Mastrena High Performance Espresso Machine
This coffee maker is the most used in all branches of Starbucks. It’s manufactured by Thermoplan AG, a Swiss company located in Weggis, Switzerland. They sold it for about $17,625 each. This is an automatic machine equipped with a computerized menu which makes lattes and cappuccinos easy and fast to prepare by Starbucks baristas. It is shorter than your regular commercial coffee machines.
It is also called a bean-to-cup coffee maker. The Mastrena High Performance Espresso Machine is definitely easy to operate because it makes coffee with a touch of a button which makes the freshest coffee. It is also reported that the Mastrena High Performance Espresso Machine is not available for the general public to purchase and is only exclusively available only in Starbucks stores.
This coffee maker is entirely different with Mastrena because it is manual. With its hourglass shaped glass with a sturdy handle and heat resistant glass invented by Peter Schlumbohm in 1941, it produces the perfect brewed coffee. To operate this coffee maker, grounded coffee is submerged in hot water and then filtered at the finish.
Clover Coffee Maker
An $11,000 coffee maker that makes a single cup of coffee which they acquired from the Coffee Equipment Company. They now have the exclusive rights to Clover and will be exclusively used only by Starbucks. It has the Innovative Vacuum-Press™ technology which said to have anexact control of its water temperature and the exact time of brew to make the perfect cup of coffee.
To operate this, they weigh and grind beans first. After that, they pour the grounded coffee beans into the chamber. Hot water pours into the chamber and the barista whisk the grounded coffee. To extract the coffee beans’ entire flavor, the Clover’s steaming puck pushes up and down. The Clover now fills the perfect cup of coffee and the top will be cleaned for the next cup to be filled again.
Verismo System Coffee Maker
Unlike other coffee machines, this is sold to the general public. It is also in fact fast and easy to use. The design is light in weight and very classy. It uses pods that you insert inside the machine. Within minutes, you will get the signature Starbucks coffee in a cup. The pod flavors that are available are the following; Classic Veranda Blend, Decaf Pike Place Roast, Pike Place Roast, Sumatra, and Caffe Verona.
Now that we know what coffee makers Starbucks use, we know full well that to achieve their most famous blend, they equipped themselves with state of the art coffee machines that a few can’t even be bought anywhere. Aside from the coffee makers, their Arabica coffee beans are also world class. Their perfectly tailored Barista Basics Training Program had been a great advantage on giving high-quality service to all customers.
When you step in a Starbucks store, its warm ambiance will definitely invite you in, together with their friendly baristas. It’s a place for everyone to meet, to relax, and also have your alone time whenever you want to read a book or work on your computer. The world has come to love Starbucks because of these factors and Starbucks will most probably continue to grow as a worldwide brand thanks to their state-of-the-art coffee machines and coffee beans.