Man on mission to visit every Starbucks coffee shop on the planetMay 29th, 2009 - 5:02 pm ICT by ANI
London, May 29 (ANI): An American is on a mission to visit every single Starbucks coffee shop in the world.
According to the Times, the 37-year-old software engineer has already been to more than 9,100 - and he is due to arrive in London to polish off the outstanding 400 or so in England, Scotland and Wales.
Winter, who changed his name from Rafael Antonio Lozano Jr, will then move on to Spain, Portugal and Germany for more ‘Starbucking’.
He decided 12 years ago that his project in life was to drink a cup of coffee in every Starbucks in the world.
However, his mission has been torpedoed by the recession-hit company’s decision to start closing premises.
He is now rushing to tick coffee shops off his list before they shut.
He calculates that he has more than 3,000 shops around the world still to visit.
As part of his mission, he has to drink a cup of coffee in every shop he visits, usually a regular brewed coffee, and takes a picture and puts it on his website, starbuckseverywhere.com.
Winter, who spends three months a year on his quest, said that he was in a race against time.
“There’s huge uncertainty for me, as Starbucks does not announce which stores are shutting. I am highly motivated to get to them. In this world it is difficult to do something unique - I just have found the whole process a great deal of fun,” the Telegraph quoted him as saying.
Winter estimates that he has spent about 100,000 dollars in the last 12 years.
A Starbucks spokesman said: “Winter demonstrates a great enthusiasm for the Starbucks experience. It’s flattering to learn about his passion for Starbucks coffee.” (ANI)
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