Starbucks Announces its Arrival to Costa Rica

SEATTLE and SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR; Jan. 12, 2012 – On May of this year, Starbucks Coffee Company (Nasdaq: SBUX), together with joint-venture partner Corporación de Franquicias Americanas (CFA), will open the doors of the first Starbucks in Costa Rica. This first store will be located in San Jose.

"We are excited to introduce our high-quality coffee and the unique Starbucks Experience to customers in Costa Rica" said Pablo Arizmendi-Kalb, vice president and general manager, Starbucks Latin America. "Starbucks has been buying coffee in Costa Rica, for many years. We are honored to expand our role in the rich coffee heritage that's present in Costa Rica."

With the opening of this store, customers in Costa Rica would have the opportunity to enjoy Starbucks full range of offerings including hot and cold espresso beverages, Frappuccino® blended beverages, brewed coffee, Tazo® teas and food.


About Starbucks

Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting the highest quality arabica coffee in the world. Today, with stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit us in our stores or online at

About CFA

With headquarters in El Salvador, CFA has created, after 25 years of discipline and integrity, a network of more than 300 stores in two different countries in Central America and Mexico, accounting for the creation of more than 15,000 jobs in the region. International companies such as Pizza Hut, KFC, Wendy's and China Wok have relied on CFA for the operation of their brands.

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