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Starbucks to open stores in Italy

So how exactly will an Italian order a venti coffee?
By Lindsay Friedman |

 

So how exactly will an Italian order a venti coffee?

 

Seattle-based Starbucks has announced on February 28 that it would be opening locations in Italy as soon as 2017.

 

Confirmed as Starbucks’ Italian licensee, Percassi will own and operate the stores, beginning with the first shop in Milan. The coffee company currently has more than 23,000 stores worldwide. 

 

“Starbucks history is directly linked to the way the Italians created and executed the perfect shot of espresso. Everything that we’ve done sits on the foundation of those wonderful experiences that many of us have had in Italy, and we’ve aspired to be a respectful steward of that legacy for 45 years,” said Howard Schultz, Starbucks chairman and CEO, in a press release.

 

“Now we’re going to try, with great humility and respect, to share what we’ve been doing and what we’ve learned through our first retail presence in Italy,” he said.

 

There is no word yet on how exactly natives are responding, but they might require a use of the language that makes sense (like maybe not using “venti” to describe a large coffee).

 

Related: 10 Starbucks frappuccinos you can't buy in America

 

But at least those participating in the venture know it is not going be easy.

 

"We know that we're going to face a unique challenge with the opening of the first Starbucks store in Italy, the country of coffee, and we're confident that Italian people are ready to live the Starbucks experience, as already occurs in many other markets," Percassi President Antonio Percassi said in a statement.

 

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This article originally appeared on Entrepreneur.com. Minor edits have been done by the Entrepreneur.com.ph editors.

 

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