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The World’s Largest Starbucks Will Roast 200,000 Pounds of Coffee Annually

A by-the-numbers look at Starbucks’s epic new Chicago flagship

Five glass jugs with copper tubing.
Starbucks Reserve Roastery Chicago offers “a selection of extraordinary and sought-after coffees from around the world.”
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Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

Starbucks’s giant flagship opens on Friday morning in downtown Chicago as the world’s largest coffee company officially unveils its largest location to date. According to Eater Chicago reporting and research from Starbucks’s reps, here’s how the world’s largest Starbucks measures up by the numbers:

35,000 square feet: The size of the world’s largest Starbucks. It beats out a 32,200-square-foot Tokyo location.

5: The number of levels, which includes a not-yet-open roof deck on the fifth floor.

6: The number of cities with Starbucks Reserve Roasteries: Chicago, Seattle, Shanghai, Milan, New York, and Tokyo.

8,000: The number of visitors other Starbucks Reserve Roasteries see on a daily basis.

56 feet: The height of the bronze-colored metal cask that stands in the center of the shop. The cask stores and distributes coffee beans throughout the roastery.

A tower of bronze-colored metal tubes filled with coffee beans.
This cask filled with coffee beans is 56 feet tall.

188: The number of employees — Starbucks refers to them as “partners” — who will work at the shop.

8,075: The number of Starbucks employees in Chicago.

$4.50: The price of an espresso at the giant Chicago location.

25 years: The length of Starbucks’s lease on the Michigan Avenue property that Crate & Barrel previously occupied.

2 months: The time it took artist Eulogio Ortega to paint the four-story mural next to the fire escape stairs. Before he started painting, Ortega said it took him a month to think of his idea, “the story of coffee.”

A painted green-and-brown mural of a man tending to coffee bean fields.
This mural spans a four-story staircase.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

796: The number of Starbucks locations in Chicago.

8: The number of Starbucks locations on Michigan Avenue after this one opens on Friday.

200,000 pounds: The estimated amount of coffee beans the new Chicago location will roast annually.

12-15 minutes: How long it takes to roast that coffee.

20: The number of Starbucks Reserve coffees offered each year. These coffees aren’t available at typical Starbucks. The company said they are “a selection of extraordinary and sought-after coffees from around the world that Starbucks has to offer.”

3: The number of Chicago bartenders Starbucks hired to develop the cocktail program for its Roasteries: Annie Beebe-Tron (Fat Rice), Julia Momose (Kumiko, Oriole), and Rachel Miller (Community Tavern).

Two bartenders make drinks behind a bar.
The world’s largest Starbucks serves exclusive cocktails.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

2: The number of spirit-free cocktails sold at the roastery.

5: The number of exclusive cocktails available at the Chicago location.

1: The number of those cocktails that contain Jeppson’s Malört.

2: The number of fireplaces inside the roastery.

18: The number of curved escalators in America. The one inside the Chicago Starbucks Reserve Roastery is the first in the Midwest, according to reps.

1987: The year the first Starbucks opened in Chicago. The company eagerly shares how founder Howard Schultz enjoys a special relationship with the city, opening his first Starbucks outside of the Pacific Northwest in Chicago.

$6,500: The price of a La Marcozzo Linea mini espresso machine sold at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Chicago. It’s painted by local artist Mac Blackout.

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