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Saturday, June 12, 2021


MILAN—Reserve roastery located in an old post office in Piazza Cordusio. This store was the first in Italy for Starbucks, which has more than 3,100 units in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
As a retired travel writer, I still love exploring coffee houses wherever we find them, and I really don’t care if my barista has earrings down to the shoulders or a ring through the nose or spiked purple hair—just make me a solid cup of coffee—cortado if possible. 

To be frank, very few independent coffee houses produce consistent excellence to my liking. That’s why I turn to Starbucks. I’m not happy with the high prices they charge but for a tasty espresso day in and day out, Starbucks is the most consistent. 

I know what I want, and I know I will get the taste I’m accustomed to each time. 

And Starbucks is to be commended for its penchant for recycling older buildings and creating new architecture around the world when they add a store to its 25,000 unit chain. 

Consistency of taste wins the day. Architecture is cool, too. Witness. 

CHICAGO—View of Magnificent Mile from UNIQLO Starbucks

ZHONGSHAN, China—Three levels: beverages, lounge, and top for coffee classes. 

LAS VEGAS--Starbucks in the lobby of Aria Hotel and Casino

HONG KONG—Starbucks Reserve is a work of art.

LONDON--The Upper St. Martin's Lane locale (top) is especially open and bright, with views of the bustling Covent Garden neighborhood. 

FUKUOKA, Japan—Sited on a historic pedestrian bridge leading to Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine. Designed by Kengo Kuma using 2,000 cedar wood bars pieced together using kigumi technique, which is the art of interlocking wooden joints sans nails.

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