New store in Medellín, Colombia source of pride for local coffee farmers
For more than four decades, we’ve shared Colombia’s amazing coffee with billions of people around the world. Now, we have a new chance to showcase Colombian coffee right in the country where it’s grown.
This month, we opened our first Starbucks® store in Medellín. It's the second largest city in Colombia, located high in the Andes Mountains in the department of Antioquia. The store is designed to celebrate Colombia’s rich coffee heritage, along with the city’s eclectic vibe.
Local coffee farmers are also excited about the new store.
“I’m proud that my coffee reaches lots of people throughout the world through Starbucks, especially now that the new Starbucks store in Medellín will be opened where we will praise the coffee quality of Antioquia and Colombia,” said coffee farmer Maria Elena Garces. She has been selling coffee to Starbucks for a few years. Her farm is located in Concordia, about 60 miles away from the new Medellín store.
Since opening our first store in Colombia more than two years ago, we have served 100 percent locally sourced and roasted coffee.
Starbucks now has 11 stores in Colombia, with plans to grow to 50 stores and 1,000 partners (employees) by 2019. The new store in Medellín also marks our 1,000th store in Latin America since entering Mexico in 2002.