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by Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer
Jamaica was never a place where you would find cafes on every street, as a matter of fact, there still are just a few established cafes on the island. With Blue Mountain coffee being recognised as one of the best in the world, you may have thought that Jamaicans would be strong consumers of coffee, and that is not quite true.
However, over the years, cafes have become a bit more prominent on the island and the gorgeous caffeinated drinks they make have been leaving the Jamaicans addicted.
Starbucks Corporation is a Seattle, Washington-based global American chain of coffee shops and roasteries. It is the biggest chain of coffee shops in the world. The corporation operated 33,833 locations as of November 2021, with 15,444 being in the United States.
Over 8,900 of Starbucks' U.S. locations are company-operated, and the remaining ones are licensed. Starbucks, which offers a more extensive range of coffee experiences, is often blamed for the growth of the second wave of coffee culture.
Starbucks offers hot and cold beverages, espresso, caffe latte, full and loose-leaf teas, juices, frappuccino drinks, pastries, and snacks. Some products are available only during certain seasons or in a certain area.
It became popular not only for it's coffee but also as a hangout or meeting spot because of the complementary internet access available at most stores.
Do they have Starbucks in Jamaica?
Yes! There are Starbucks locations in Jamaica and they have become a favourite.
When did Starbucks first open in Jamaica?
Jamaica's Montego Bay, 21 November 2017 - Starbucks launched its first location in Jamaica and entered its 76th market globally, marking a significant turning point for the Caribbean operations of the multinational coffee giant and its illustrious history of obtaining the best coffee from the area for more than four decades.
Three additional locations were opened in the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay as part of the franchise's original marketing strategy to draw in customers already familiar with the brand.
The business later opened eight new outlets in Jamaica. The company is currently Jamaica's biggest retailer of coffee, followed by locally owned Café Blue and Cannonball.
Caribbean Coffee Baristas Limited, a partnership between Adam Stewart, CEO and chairman of Sandals Resorts International, and Ian Dear, CEO of restaurant and franchise operator Margaritaville Caribbean Group, runs Starbucks outlets in Jamaica.
Does Starbucks buy coffee from Jamaica?
Even though Jamaica is home to the world-famous Blue Mountain Coffee, Starbucks locations do not use Jamaican coffee.
There is more to enjoy for local consumers because the drink costs less in Jamaica than in about half of the 76 countries surveyed in an independent Starbucks Index.
A latte costs US$3.30 (J$450) in Jamaica, according to Finder, the independent comparison platform and information provider that compiled the index, placing the island at 43 out of the 76 nations analysed.
That is significantly cheaper than the US$6.05 a latte and will set coffee drinkers back in Denmark, the most costly country in the index, but it is still expensive when compared to Turkey, which has the lowest prices according to Finder.
Coffee culture has definitely been expanding in Jamaica and shows no sign of slowing down.
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Do They Have Starbucks In Jamaica | Written: November 25, 2022