Started in 1971, Starbucks opened its first shop in Seatle. From there the aroma of coffee has been spread all over the world and warmly accepted by coffee lovers.
Today Starbucks is one of the largest coffee outlet in the entire world. Their Hot coffees, Teas, Beverages, Iced Coffee & Tea, Cold Drinks and many varieties have succeeded in satisfying the tastebuds of millions of people across the world.
After 40+ years Starbucks has decided to provide ALL-IN-ONE experience. They wanted to build one roof to provide everything they offer to the Starbucks fans.
Hence they made an announcement in January 2019 about opening World’s largest reservatory in Chicago. Wind city, known for its lakes, skyline and snowfall, was excitedly waiting to welcome another stunning arcitecture.
In February, Starbucks succeeded in delivering what has been promised. The world’ largest Starbucks opened its door to coffee lovers.
Spread across 35,000 and five floors, Starbucks held it’s head high at the corner of Michigan and Erie. On the very first day itself, there was a huge waiting line. People were eagerly waiting to peek inside these five-floor building and explore the coffee wonderland.
We visited this Starbucks with the same excitement and curiosity. When we reached the place it was afternoon around 2 pm and there was a huge waiting line.
From outside the building was looking glassy and attractive. We could see people sitting on the second floor and enjoying their coffee.
Two guards were managing the crowd and it took almost an hour to enter the building.
Starbucks Reserve Roastery, Chicago
Since it was Sunday the place was crowded and there were people everywhere on the floor. Nice aroma of coffee hugged us giving a warm welcome.
Each and every floor has Cafe and Bar making it an extraordinary place.
Starbucks Roastery is one of the classic buildings in Michigan avenue. The newly built building shines like a new bride in the entire street.
There are lots of minute details sculpted inside the building about Coffee!
The first thing that attracts the eyes is 56-foot cask standing at the centre of the roastery. Coated in Gold, this cask spirals around the escalator and covers all five floors.
Green beans arrived from all over the world are kept in the display window. These will stay in the display until they are taken for brewing and new bags will replace the empty place.
There is a conveyer belt to transport the fresh-baked food from second floor Princi Bakery to the main level. The conveyer will be always moving with fresh foods enclosed with glass.
If you take stairs instead of the spiral elevator, you can see the art on walls created by Eulojio Ortega. The coffee growing regions, farmers, coffee culture, history and everything is beautifully portrayed.
There is always new innovations, experiments happening in the world of Starbucks. As you take the elevator to the fourth floor you can see Silos kept to infuse coffee beans overnight to produce cold brew. It gives immense pleasure to see how modern experiments have been blended with the traditional system.
In every floor, there is a card collection arranged brilliantly on the wall. Each of these cards is designed for every Starbucks coffee type.
Also, you can hear the rattling noise on every floor. If you observe carefully on the top of every floor pipes are jammed up where coffee beans travel. Every time the coffee beans pass through these pipes sound will be heard. Sample beans are kept in a few floors.
This is where the picture starts to unfold. There is a coffee bar at the left corner of the floor. As soon as we enter the place there is a big Welcome board. The display letters start appearing and disappearing in a fancy way.
Here we can witness the coffee roasting right in front of our eyes. The floor has souvenirs representing Starbucks Reserve and Chicago.
In this floor, there is bakery hence instead of coffee we can enjoy Pastries, Pizza, Salad, Pasta and Dessert. This Italian bakery serves the freshly prepared food in Italian flavours for the entire day.
We sat here for almost an hour enjoying the food and view across the street.
Coffee Floor where we can get varieties of Starbucks Coffee delights. Usually, there will be a long queue for the coffee hence make sure you acquire it whenever there are fewer people around.
Along with bar coffee experience, you can notice a few people standing in the corner providing free coffee for tasting. The specially brewed coffee will be served to people.
This is the world of Cocktail and Coffee creations. In the cocktail bar, every drink is an alchemy of precision and innovation. During good old days, wine and spirits were stored in barrels for the ageing process. The same concept has been combined for the coffee calling it barrel-aged coffee to provide innovative experience.
This is the open roof deck provides stunning views of Michigan Avenue. The coffee or food purchased from below floors can be bought here and enjoyed with delightful view.
However, depending on the weather changes the roof access will be closed. During our visit it was closed hence we couldn’t experience the roof deck.
Overall, it is a beautiful aromatic world inside the building. Every coffee lover should experience this coffee wonderland.