Thursday, August 11, 2011

History of Seattle’s Best Coffee

Seattle Best was started by a group of passionate coffee lovers in the early 70s.

In 1991, a local Seattle restaurant hosted a coffee competition and this group’s coffee was voted ‘Seattle’s Best’.

They renamed their company and are now one of the largest coffee companies in the world.

Jin Steward was the pioneer of the original coffee company, The Wet Whisker opened in 1968, which eventually became known as Seattle’s Best Coffee.

In January 1997, Seattle’s Best Coffee selected Oregon Chai for their nationwide outlets. At that time, they owned forty five shops, with thirty more planned for construction.

Seattle’s Best Coffee was acquired by Starbucks in July 2003.

In 2005, Borders Group Inc, one of the largest operators of book superstores, entered an agreement with Seattle’s Best Coffee to operate cafes in substantially all its locations.

By 2009, Seattle’s Best Coffee has more than 540 cafes in the United States, as well as 86 espresso bars; plus, the brand’s coffee products are available nationwide in supermarkets and more than 3,900 food service locations.

In February 2010, Burger King would begin serving Seattle’s Best Coffee in its restaurants. Seattle Best also announced that they begin selling their coffee in Subway outlets and launch a new line of flavored coffees to sale in supermarkets.
History of Seattle’s Best Coffee

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