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Starbucks is opening a super-sized gourmet location in Chicago — here’s what it will look like

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A rendering of the Chicago Roastery, which will be located on the Magnificent Mile, across the street from Crate and Barrel’s flagship location. Starbucks
Starbucks is opening an enormous, super-upscale location in Chicago.
On Wednesday, the coffee giant announced that it planned to open a four-story, 43,000 square-foot Roastery in Chicago in 2019. The location, which will be the third Roastery to open in the US, will roast small-bath coffees, serve specialty cocktail-inspired beverages, and bake artisan food in-house.

Currently, Starbucks’ only Roastery is located in Seattle, Washington. The success of the Seattle Roastery, which opened in late 2014, demonstrated to Starbucks the potential for more upscale locations and provided a blueprint for the other Roasteries in the works around the world.

Here’s what it’s like to visit the Seattle Roastery — the inspiration for Chicago’s biggest and most over-the-top Starbucks ever.
The Seattle Roastery, just nine blocks from the first Starbucks shop, is immediately eye-catching. Notably, the location uses the first iteration of the chain’s mermaid logo — the ubiquitous green mermaid is nowhere to be found at the upscale location.
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Walking inside, it becomes clear this isn’t the average Starbucks. Freshly roasted beans sit in gleaming containers, ready to be ground and brewed.
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The beans were roasted just a few feet away, in a small-batch roaster.
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Pneumatic transfer tubes move the beans from the roaster to the containers, coffee silos, or bags of Starbucks Reserve coffee beans to be sold across the world.
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The Roastery offers a chance to see the entire process of creating coffee, from the silos holding green, unroasted beans to the finished cup of coffee.
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All Starbucks Reserve coffee, which is more rare and roasted in small batches, is made at the Roastery before being sent to Reserve locations around the world.
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In addition to being shipped to Reserve Starbucks shops, the Reserve coffees are also all served at the Roastery and Tasting Room.
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The Roastery has a menu unlike any other, with drinks like the Shakerato (espresso shaken with ice and a hint of demerara syrup).
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Customers can order coffee flights, such as the cold-brew flight, a pick that allows customers to test cold brew next to nitro cold brew.
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Starbucks’ nitro cold brew, which is rolling out at 500 locations this summer, was first tested at the Roastery and quickly became one of the top-selling drinks at the location.
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Cold beverages are a focus at the Roastery. In addition to a line of cold-brew drinks, the location also has an entire affogato menu, for espresso poured over locally made ice cream.
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The test of the affogato at the Reserve helped Starbucks decide to roll out an affogato-style Frappuccino, or espresso poured over a Frappuccino.
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Another ice-cream-coffee pairing is one of the most expensive on the menu: The Nitro Cold Brew Float, which costs $10.
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Beyond new recipes, the Roastery also showcases different coffee-preparation methods, like siphoning.
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Siphoning uses vacuum filtration to create a cup of coffee with a slightly cleaner taste than other brewing methods produce.
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The Roastery’s offerings change daily and seasonally, depending on what beans are finished roasting, as well as on what baristas and other Starbucks workers want to test.
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In addition to selling coffee, the Roastery sells a good deal of merchandise.
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While some is Starbucks and coffee-related, a much simply showcases local products and businesses.
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The Roastery houses a pizza restaurant called Serious Pie, run by Seattle chef Tom Douglas.
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It also has a library, which has become a go-to meeting place for businesses based in the area, like Microsoft and Amazon.
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A trip to the Roastery is a peek into the future of Starbucks — or at least into what Starbucks believes its future will hold. Counting the Chicago Roastery, the chain has now announced plans to open six Roasteries around the world.
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