Starbucks opens outlet in Jamaica

ST JAMES, Jamaica — Starbucks today opened its first store in Jamaica and entered its 76th market globally, marking a historic milestone for the global coffee company’s Caribbean operations and its storied history of sourcing the highest quality coffee from the region going back more than four decades.

The new café, located at the famous Doctor’s Cave Beach on the ‘Hip Strip’ in the resort city of Montego Bay, offers customers an inviting destination to relax, unwind and connect in one of the area’s most iconic neighbourhoods.

Featuring custom artwork by local artist Fiona Godfrey, the store’s unique design pays tribute to Jamaica’s history and rich coffee heritage. Customers can enjoy a wide range of Starbucks beverages and food, including its signature hand-crafted hot and cold espresso beverages made with 100 per cent arabica coffee.

To mark this historic opening, the company is also featuring Starbucks Reserve® Jamaica Blue Mountain whole bean coffee, a long-time favourite with Starbucks customers in the US and Canada. “As a company that has worked for many decades with Jamaica’s coffee growing communities, we are honored to have the opportunity to work our local business partner Caribbean Coffee Baristas to open our first store in the beautiful island nation of Jamaica,” said Ricardo Rico, Starbucks general manager and vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean, at the opening celebrations of the facility in Montego Bay on Monday night.

“For Starbucks, this is an opportunity to build on more than 40 years of the best instore experience to customers around the globe that is rooted in high-quality coffee and our engaged, knowledgeable baristas. Our new Starbucks Jamaica partners [employees] are ready to welcome customers, as we mark the beginning of this exciting chapter in the Caribbean market.” Starbucks® stores in Jamaica are operated by Caribbean Coffee Baristas Ltd, a joint venture between Ian Dear, the chief executive officer of leading restaurant management and franchise operator Margaritaville Caribbean Group and Adam Stewart, who is also the deputy chairman and CEO of Sandals Resorts International.

Dear told the gathering that they plan to open up to 15 locations across Jamaica over the next three years, starting with one in Kingston early 2018. Source jamaica observer

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