Where is Seattle Best coffee from? Seattle’s Best Coffee began as a combination ice cream and coffee shop called the Wet Whisker in Coupeville on Whidbey Island, northwest of Seattle, in 1969. Founder Jim Stewart purchased green coffee beans from local roasters to be roasted and sold at the Wet Whisker.
What coffee is Seattle known for? Seattle coffeehouse culture includes chains, such as Starbucks, Tully’s Coffee and Seattle’s Best Coffee, alongside many independently owned coffee shops.
Is Seattle Best coffee Part of Starbucks? Bought by Starbucks in 2003, Seattle’s Best Coffee took a big hit when Borders Bookstores went out of business. It lost nearly 475 stores after the liquidation, and about 100 now remain in North America.
Why did Starbucks buy Seattle’s Best coffee? Acquiring the Seattle’s Best and Torrefazione brands “provides provides us an opportunity to launch the next phase of our specialty coffee growth,” said Howard Schultz, Starbucks’ chairman. “Both SBC and TI offer superb specialty coffees that are distinct from Starbucks flavor profiles,” he continued.