Why Starbucks Is Actually A Bank

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Among fast-food chains, Starbucks is unique in the way that it dominates mainstream culture. Not only in the language it’s trained us all to use – Tall, Grande, Venti, etc., But also in the scrutiny it receives… No other cup design can command such controversy. No other change of store policy gets so much media attention, and no other drink has taken on such a life of its own as the Pumpkin Spice Latte. Mocked, stereotyped, and yet still highly adored, Starbucks is known everywhere as the coffeeshop – almost in a league of its own. But what you might not know is that, viewed from a financial perspective, Starbucks is far more than a seller of expensive drinks – Starbucks has become a bank.


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