It’s gigantic! It’s got two coffee bars, a shop, a restaurant, a two-story library with 200 books and a real manufacturing factory that will make you wonder if you stepped into the coffee world version of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. What you have is a piece of art that’s quite certainly a breathtaking endeavor and it all is under a single coffee brand name: Starbucks. Recently opened in Seattle, Washington, the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room is now the biggest Starbucks cafe out of its 23,000 other venues in the world. It has already become a tourist destination all on its own in this building, wherein delicate walnut custom furniture is placed alongside the huge hulking industrial equipment that churns out the delicious brews coveted by so many around the world. It is, quite simply, a huge 15,000 sq foot space witn interactive experience that advertises the brand for itself!
This plant only produces a small batch of all that is consumed across the continents throughout the year: it’s home to about 1.4 million pounds of roasted coffee throughout the 12 months. All the while, interested customers can sit and watch the brewing and packaging process while they sip on their Starbucks coffees, chatter with the well informed baristas and feed their curiosity about the Coffee Giant of the world. One can observe how the conveyor belts and glass tubes transport the green beans to roasters and get packed afterwards and how the roasted beans meant for in-house consumption make their way to the bar.
“This is a real-life Willy Wonka experience with coffee as the heart and soul, where customers will see coffee being moved through the roasting process right before their eyes.” designer Liz Muller says.
The once Packard automobile dealership constructed in 1910 has been leased by Starbucks and remodelled to restored the historic finishes, while also keeping true to its product and utilizing every colour of coffee within the whole of the space. The best part is, every inch of the building has been made to be earthquake safe, meaning one can easily touch or lean on any surface without worry. With so many parts of the equipment made transparent for the benefit of the viewers, this is one attraction in Seattle you won’t want to miss!
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