Winter to visit every Starbucks in the world
A software engineer from California is on a mission to visit every single Starbucks coffee shop on the planet.
Winter, 37, has spent 12 years drinking coffee in 9,100 chain stores. He estimates he has 3,000 left.
This week he arrived in London to tackle 400 shops in England, Scotland and Wales, reports the Times.
Winter, who changed his name from Rafael Antonio Lozano Jr, will then move on to Spain, Portugal and Germany for more “Starbucking”.
However, he will have to hurry because the company, struggling as a result of the global economic slowdown, has started closing premises.
In each Starbucks, Winter drinks one cup of regular brewed coffee. He takes a photo and posts it on his website, starbuckseverywhere.com.
The idea for the project arose when he was working as a computer programmer in Texas in 1997.
At that time, Starbucks had about 1,400 coffee shops globally. The brand expanded rapidly, leaving him with a much more daunting task.
But now the US coffee company has announced plans to close about 960 shops around the world.
Winter, who spends three months a year on his quest, said that he was in a race against time. One shop in London had closed before he could get there, he told the paper.
“There’s huge uncertainty for me, as Starbucks does not announce which stores are shutting. I am highly motivated to get to them,” he said. “In this world it is difficult to do something unique – I just have found the whole process a great deal of fun.”
He estimates that he has spent about $100,000 (£63,000) in the past 12 years.
Once he drank 29 coffees in one day. “I felt awful,” he said.
A spokesman for Starbucks said: “Winter demonstrates a great enthusiasm for the Starbucks experience. It’s flattering to learn about his passion for Starbucks coffee.”