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Seattle: Capital of Coffee Houses

  • Joseph Mok
  • Wang Yiru

Seattle, the largest city in the northwestern state of Washington, boasts the first Starbucks coffee house, which opened in the early 1970's.

Since then, Starbucks coffee houses have mushroomed around the world and Seattle has become known as the "coffee capital of the world". In recent years, cutting-edge technologies and innovative marketing approaches have taken Seattle's coffee culture to a whole new level. VOA's Joseph Mok and Wang Yiru strolled through downtown Seattle and brought the following story narrated by Elaine Lu on the idiosyncratic coffee houses they discovered.


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