Starbucks barista from Indonesia Ryan Wibawa competes in the World Brewers Cup finals

SEATTLE, 2016-Jul-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — For two months, Ryan Wibawa practiced his coffee brewing and artistry skills every day after work for five hours. With passion for coffee and dedication to his craft, he earned the opportunity to compete in the World Brewers Cup finals. “It was like a dream come true,” said Wibawa, a Starbucks […]

Formerly homeless Starbucks barista Matthew Tej begins a second career as a real estate agent

SEATTLE, 2016-Jan-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — When he was homeless, Matthew Tej kept a keychain in his pocket as a reminder that one day he’d have his own place to live in New York. Now the Starbucks barista is handing keys to others as he begins a second career as a real estate agent. “I remember how […]

Starbucks: Chris Parry, the Barista that is also an F-16 fighter jet mechanic

SEATTLE, 2015-8-31 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Having good manners helps to make a great first impression. It’s how Chris Parry got her first job at Starbucks. “I was taught to say ‘may I,’ ‘ma’am,’ and ‘sir’ growing up,” said Parry. After ordering a beverage at a Texas Starbucks® store when Parry was 17 years old, […]

Starbucks barista lands on preeminent list of bestselling books in the U.S.

SEATTLE, 2015-3-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Seven years after writing a book about dogs, a Starbucks barista landed on preeminent list of bestselling books in the U.S. The New York Times expanded its number of bestselling book categories to include monthly selections on 12 specialized topics such education, fitness, and animals. “I remember thinking […]