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Sharing a cup of coffee with friends has been a popular pastime in Cyprus for generations in traditional coffee shops found in all towns and villages. It was traditionally a small cup of strong Cyprus coffee, with accompanying glass of chilled water, but since the arrival of Starbucks in 2002, a great cup of coffee with friends has gained in popularity especially with younger people!
The first Starbucks opened in the capital, Nicosia but branches soon opened in all the main towns and quickly established themselves as the perfect meeting place for friends and work colleagues and the Starbucks coffee shops were the first of the exciting new generation of coffee shops with great tasting coffee enjoyed in smart surroundings or better still - sitting outside on the pavement terrace in the shade of the giant sun umbrellas watching the world going by.
Starbucks was opened in Seattle in the United States in 1971 by coffee lovers who had a passion for the finest coffee. Named after Herman Melville's Moby Dick, Starbucks soon gained a reputation for good coffee and a number of new branches quickly followed. It was the opening of the California branch in 1991 though that proved a turning point with its popularity soaring! Just a few years later, Starbucks started its global expansion with the opening of its Tokyo branch (1996) and since then, two new branches have opened every day! Today, one third of of the branches are situated outside the United States. There are 20,890 branches in 62 different countries ... and one aboard Royal Caribbean's 'Allure of the Seas' - the world's second largest cruise liner.
The distinctive dark green Starbucks logo of a twin-tailed mermaid is instantly recognisable, It has slowly evolved and its design is based on a Norse woodcut - its links with Greek mythology are particularly appreciated in Greece and Cyprus.
As well as great coffee, since the 1980s Starbucks has added lattes and mochas to its menu and more recently, Frappucino- iced coffee - which is definitely one of the most popular choices in Cyprus! Since Starbucks acquired Tazo in 1999, leaf tea has also been available and today, hot and cold snacks are also available, tasty cakes and a range of packets of coffee, coffee makers and some good mugs.
A Starbucks can be enjoyed throughout the day and late into the evening and whether it is a quick refreshment stop or a relaxed occasion with friends...somehow it is always the perfect choice....
There is a Starbucks in all the main towns;
Nicosia, the capital city has four branches of Starbucks which are popular for informal business meetings and like all branches, each has free Wi-Fi which is definitely a bonus! All branches of Starbucks are open until late in the evening and this is an extra bonus in Nicosia as there is a rich cultural scene with a variety of exhibitions and concerts....and a welcome cup of Starbucks proves the perfect finale. Check on the map to find your ideal location.
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