Truth be told, I watched the 2010 Starbucks Annual meeting of shareholders on the Internet.
I am no shareholder, but I was interested to know how they have been doing, business wise, and what their future holds.
For the friends that know me and follow me on Twitter, I make it a big deal when I visit a Starbucks.
Oh, not to mention my avatar on this blog is a picture of me holding a Starbucks cup.
But watching this meeting brought to mind my very first Starbucks experience.
It was a cold December 1998 and had just moved to Austin for a six-month internship. I was an IT tech intern for The Texas Workers Compensation Commission. That's a little unknown fact, many didn't know about me. I was once a computer technician. It is funny now, because I now have no idea what to do when my computer freezes.
It was a cold December and I was walking down Congress. I wanted to check out the capitol and walk down 6th street. It was the fun single life, fresh out of college and living on my own for the first time ever.
So there I was, on the corner of Congress and 6th and a big green neon sign with a mermaid in the center and the words "Starbucks coffee" called me out.
The smell of warm roasted coffee was what I first smelled. Let it be known, I had never really had coffee in my life. I was a coffee virgin. Just never really cared for it, boy was I wrong.
My first Starbucks drink was a venti cafe mocha. It was a great choice, as I had no idea what I had ordered until I tasted the warm, coffee, milky concoction.
Now I love Starbucks and dislike when people are quick to call it that evil "corporate" coffee, the big coffee machine that is killing off the local coffee shops.
Well, let me just say, I live in a small town and the closest Starbucks is about 60 miles away. I support the local coffee shops and try to visit mine as much as I can.
But when I am out of town, I have my Starbucks fix.
So where was I, yes, the meeting was very coffee inspirational and I even got a story idea out of the meeting.
To echo a run down of the shareholders meeting:
Starbucks is going to partner with Burger King and Subway.
"Seattle's Best Coffee is #2 in the specialty coffee industry," second only to their friends (Starbucks)
To watch the Starbucks LOVE project video click HERE.
-Sheryl Crows new CD will be sold at a Starbucks near you! (Can't wait for that one!)
So there you go. More information than you needed to know about me.
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