Starbucks Photos of the Year 2017

By Joshua Trujillo/Starbucks Newsroom

As the year unfolded, many moments came to define the story of Starbucks in 2017. A change in leadership, the opening of a second Roastery, expansion of a partner-led food donation program, disaster response, community outreach and many other singular moments were captured by the Starbucks Newsroom. These photographs showcase the year that helped define the company and all its commitments to community, partners and customers.

Coffee origin

Freshly milled coffee is processed at the Dukunde Kawa Cooperative wet mill processing facility in Rwanda. The coffee is placed on drying tables after the pulp is removed. The cooperative is made of small lot farmers that bring their coffee from the hillsides in surrounding communities to the facility for processing. Photographed on April 29, 2017. (Joshua Trujillo / Starbucks Newsroom)

Pulp milled from coffee cherries is sorted at Rwacof coffee production facility in Rwanda. Photographed on May 4, 2017. (Joshua Trujillo / Starbucks Newsroom)

Delphin Nyiraneza spreads freshly milled coffee onto drying tables at the Dukunde Kawa Cooperative's wet mill processing facility in Rwanda. (Joshua Trujillo / Starbucks Newsroom)

Shanghai Roastery opening

Green coffee is loaded in the new Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Shanghai, China. The 30,000 square-foot, fully immersive coffee experience was created three years after the inaugural Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle. Photographed on Dec. 1, 2017. (Joshua Trujillo / Starbucks Newsroom)

Lights illuminate the Shanghai Reserve Roastery during a week of events kicking off the opening. (Starbucks Newsroom)

Guests take in the experience as the Shanghai Reserve Roastery is illuminated during an opening event. (Starbucks Newsroom)

The Roastery is shown on Shanghai's West Nanjin Road, known as one of the busiest pedestrian roads in the world. (Joshua Trujillo / Starbucks Newsroom)

Customers browse coffee and Princi bakery offerings in the Shanghai Roastery during opening week. (Joshua Trujillo / Starbucks Newsroom)


Howard Schultz, Starbucks executive chairman, presents Kevin Johnson, incoming chief executive officer, with the key to the original Starbucks store at 1912 Pike during an early morning ceremony in Seattle. Johnson took over as ceo as Schultz transitioned to a role overseeing social impact initiatives and Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Reserve retail programs. Photographed on March 22, 2017. (Joshua Trujillo / Starbucks Newsroom)

Kevin Johnson, Starbucks chief operating officer, and Howard Schultz, Starbucks executive chairman, wait backstage during the 2017 Starbucks Annual Meeting of Shareholders at McCaw Hall in Seattle. Photographed on March 22, 2017. (Joshua Trujillo / Starbucks Newsroom)

Kevin Johnson, Starbucks chief executive officer, meets with partners at a store in Seattle on March 8, 2017. (Joshua Trujillo / Starbucks Newsroom)


Victor, a driver for a local food bank, makes a pickup at a Starbucks store in San Antonio, Texas. Perishable Starbucks food is donated nightly to local food bank in markets across America as part of the Starbucks' FoodShare program, created in partnership with Feeding America. (Photo by Lisa Krantz for Starbucks Newsroom)

Starbucks bees

Starbucks partners install beehives on the roof of the parking garage at the Starbucks Support Center in Seattle. Partners maintain the hives and learned about challenges bee populations are facing. Photographed on May 15, 2017. (Joshua Trujillo / Starbucks Newsroom)

Princi bakery

Master baker Siddharth Mangalore dusts loaves of bread with flour at the Princi bakery in the Starbucks Support Center in Seattle. Photographed on Nov. 2, 2017. (Joshua Trujillo / Starbucks Newsroom)


Members of the United States Navy participate in a workshop where they learned about the craft of coffee at the Starbucks Support Center in Seattle. (Joshua Trujillo / Starbucks Newsroom)

Partners taste coffee in the cupping room at the Starbucks Support Center in Seattle on July 11, 2017. Partners in the cupping room taste coffee, sourced from around the world, to ensure quality and consistency. Like a sommelier, the role is part science and part art. (Joshua Trujillo / Starbucks Newsroom)

Community service

Jessica Reed, a Starbucks store manager in Bellevue, cuts hair at Mary's Place family homeless shelter in northeast Seattle. Reed, who had a previous career in cosmetology, is a regular volunteer at Mary's Place and has used her previous skills to help people living there. Photographed on April 6, 2017. (Joshua Trujillo / Starbucks Newsroom)

Opportunity Fair

Nakeya Smith, 18, speaks to Starbucks partners during the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative Fair and Forum. The career fair brought together more than 30 companies, dozens of community-based organizations and thousands of young people between the ages of 16 and 24 who are out of school or not working. The fair and forum aimed to help young people enter the workforce. Photographed on May 19, 2017 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. (Joshua Truijllo / Starbucks Newsroom)

People wait in line during the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative Fair and Forum in Dallas. The event is part of a series of career fairs led by Starbucks in major U.S. cities that brings together a coalition of companies looking to employ young people. Photographed on May 19, 2017. (Joshua Trujillo / Starbucks Newsroom)

Disaster response

Kris Engskov, Starbucks executive vice president, president U.S. Retail, walks a street of damaged homes in Dickinson, Texas. The neighborhood suffered significant damage from Hurricane Harvey. Senior Starbucks leaders were given a tour of the disaster area from members of Team Rubicon on Sept. 7, 2017. Team Rubicon, made up largely of U.S. military veterans, has organized rapid response teams to help during disasters. (Joshua Trujillo / Starbucks Newsroom)

Starbucks store manager Wil Scott volunteers at a shelter near Houston for people displaced by victims of Hurricane Harvey. Scott and his wife, Deena, teamed up when they realized that the shelter was receiving donations but needed help with organization and distribution. Scott brought in some of his peers and they helped run the shelter. (Joshua Trujillo / Starbucks Newsroom)


Chad Houser is shown with interns at Café Momentum in Dallas. Houser left behind a successful career and restaurant in Dallas to start a program working with young offenders. He opened Café Momentum where recently-released juvenile offenders work as interns—and build life skills. The restaurant has built a large following and has been named as a top restaurant in Dallas by multiple publications. Houser and his program were recognized and profiled in the second season of Starbucks Upstanders short story and film series. (Joshua Trujillo / Starbucks Newsroom)

U.S. Navy Seal Kyle Buckett, right, helps an injured military veteran into the water with other members of One More Wave, an organization Buckett helps run. One More Wave makes adaptive surf boards for active military members and veterans suffering from injuries. Buckett and Alex West, who founded the program, were recognized and profiled in the second season of Starbucks Upstanders short story and film series. (Joshua Trujillo / Starbucks Newsroom)

Mary Poole speaks with a community member in Missoula, Montana about refugee resettlement. Poole helped start Soft Landing Missoula, a program to resettle refugees in Montana, one of the states that didn’t have a resettlement program. While she faced opposition to her efforts, she used conversation and engagement to earn acceptance for her efforts and the people she has helped bring to Montana. Poole was recognized and profiled in the second season of Starbucks Upstanders short story and film series. (Photo by Damon Ristau for Starbucks)

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