The world's largest Starbucks just opened in Chicago
The Starbucks Reserve Roastery in the Windy City opened with 1000 people in line...
Starbucks just opened the world's largest coffee shop, with in-house roasting and much more, in Chicago.
The company plans to roast 200,000 pounds of coffee a year in this destination coffee shop.
What makes this location special? Let's start by what you see right away when you walk inside: a 56-foot cask. Inside the cask, roasted beans move through tubes in all directions, visible from every floor. They call it Reserve Roastery, meaning all the beans roasted at this location will be served at this location only.
Each floor has a different vibe. The coffee shop is on the first and fourth floor, with both offering Chicago-inspired coffee cocktails in addition to the traditional menu.
In between there is art from local artists, food and more. It's a coffee lover's dream come true, right on the Chicago Mag Mile.
Chicago-inspired coffee cocktails
The new Starbucks Reserve Roastery will also serve as an event space. You will have the option to book your family events or work meetings in the heart of Chicago, with all the sights and sounds this new Starbucks has to offer.
The roastery is a tribute to the Seattle-based company's long-standing relationship with the Windy City.
"Throughout history, Starbucks has had a very close relationship with the city of Chicago," said Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson. In fact, Starbucks opened its very first coffee shop outside the Pacific Northwest in Chicago more than three decades ago.
But this isn't your standard Starbucks. "What I'm excited about is that people are going to see something re-imagined and I think that should give Chicago a lot of pride," said Shauna McKenzie-Lee, general manager of the Chicago Roastery.
A thousand people in line
General manager Shauna McKenzie Lee opened the doors at 8:55 a.m. to loud and triumphant cheers from the masses outside as news cameras rolled. The massive 35,000-square-foot space reached its 1,000-person capacity just 20 minutes after opening, leaving hundreds more to continue to wait in line, while others joined the queue.
"The first thousand who made it inside celebrated with cheering, wide-eyed wonder, selfie sticks, and plenty of coffee, of course." added McKenzie Lee.