Seattle’s Best Coffee is Owned By Starbucks

May 18, 2011 at 2:00 am 2 comments

By Chad Upton | Editor

If you’re not wired into the coffee industry, that Seattle’s Best at the mall may look like a suitable competitor to the Starbucks outlets that flank the mall corridor.

Actually, that’s kind of what they want you to think. If you’re anti-Starbucks, you might feel right at home with Seattle’s Best. It’s still high quality coffee, but it’s cheaper than Starbucks and doesn’t have the same cache, which is exactly what some people are looking for.

Even if you knew they were owned by Starbucks, you might not realize that Seattle’s Best is a few years older than Starbucks. Both companies began in Seattle, Starbucks officially started March 30, 1971 and Seattle’s Best began sometime in 1968.

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  • 1. Leftover Human  |  May 18, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    They may be owned by the same company, but they use different coffee. Starbucks tastes very bitter to me and I basically only like it in a frappuccino (ie, with tons of cream and sugar and flavors). On the other hand, Seattle’s Best is much milder and I like it as an iced coffee with only a little sugar and sometimes no flavorings at all.

    (Both remain inferior to Dunkin, IMO, however.)

  • 2. Dewber  |  October 23, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Seattle’s Best cold brews their iced coffee, Starbucks doesn’t and I think their coffee is a way better bean in flavor. Don’t know the nuts and bolts but I was real sad when the Borders bookstores shut down with the accompanying Seattle’s Best.


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