Starbucks Corporation is an American global coffee company and coffee house chain based in Seattle, Washington. Starbucks is the largest coffeehouse company in the world, with 20,891 stores in 62 countries, including 13,279 in the United States, 1,324 in Canada, 989 in Japan, 851 in China, 806 in the United Kingdom, 556 in South Korea, 377 in Mexico, 291 in Taiwan, 206 in the Philippines, 171 in Thailand and 10 in India.

Starbucks started as a coffee roaster in Seattle’s Pike Place Market in 1971. They only sold coffee beans at the time. The company diversified in time by opening coffee shops, and later on selling coffee equipment. Starbucks is considered one of the initiators of the “second wave coffee”.