Coffee lovers, grab your reusable tumblers! America’s favorite coffee chain just revealed what has been described as the “highly-caffeinated amusement park” of your dreams. (Even true fans will never guess what Starbucks was almost called.)
Don’t believe us? Just wait until you get a peek inside the newest Starbucks Reserve Roastery, a massive 43,000-square-foot, four-story java joint. It’s set to open on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile in 2019.
“Chicago’s Magnificent Mile brings in millions of visitors from across this globe and is the perfect location for a world-class coffee destination,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement. “This Starbucks Reserve Roastery will be an investment in Chicago and a strong addition to Michigan Avenue, where residents and visitors can enjoy incredible coffees from around the world in a remarkable environment.”
The location is billed to include an in-house bakery as well as delicious specialty beverages (caffeinated, of course!) around every corner. Plus, visitors can get an exclusive look at the company’s unique roasting process. Even if you don’t live in the area, you’ll want to book your flights ASAP.
This will be the third Roastery to open in the United States so far, the company said. Starbucks’ hometown of Seattle opened the first Roastery in December 2014, and another is expected to launch in New York next year. Starbucks has also announced plans to open Roastery stores in Shanghai, Milan, and Tokyo over the next few years.
Nowhere near those locations? No problem. Starbucks plans to eventually open 20 to 30 Roastery flagships and 1,000 Reserve stores around the world. Odds are, one will come to your area very, very soon. But once you go, don’t pay for refills; here’s why that’s a waste of money.