Starbucks Coffee Company Hosts First-Ever Starbucks Coffee Festival on Saturday, June 10 at Reston Town Center

Festival will Feature Coffee Tastings and Seminars by Starbucks Coffee

Masters and Live Music from Hear Music Artist Sonya Kitchell

Jun 08, 2006, 01:00 ET from Starbucks Coffee Company

    WASHINGTON, June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- On Saturday, June 10th, The
 Starbucks Coffee Festival brings coffee tasting to the next level on the
 grounds of Reston Town Center in Reston, Virginia. The first-ever Starbucks
 Coffee Festival will feature over fifteen different coffees from around the
 world including coffees from Latin America, Asia/Pacific and Africa/Arabia
 regions. Guests can attend seminars and tastings every hour (in one of four
 pavilion tents) to learn how geography affects the flavor of the coffee
 bean. Starbucks will also provide food pairings chosen to compliment
 various coffee flavors and Starbucks Coffee Masters will offer tips on how
 to brew the perfect cup of coffee at home.
     While participants are sampling some of the world's greatest coffees,
 they will be entertained by the music of seventeen-year-old soulful
 songstress, Sonya Kitchell, who will perform songs from her debut album
 "Words Came Back to Me" at 2pm on the entertainment stage.
     The Starbucks Coffee Festival will take place from 11am to 6pm with all
 drinks, food and entertainment free and open to the public. "We are excited
 to bring the world of Starbucks Coffee to Washingtonians in a new and
 exciting way," said Carter Bentzel, Regional Marketing Manager for
 Starbucks Coffee Company. "Each coffee has a distinct texture and flavor
 and our passionate Coffee Masters are ready to teach our guests everything
 they need to know to find their favorite cup of coffee."
     Starbucks Coffee Company
     Through the dedication of our passionate partners (employees),
 Starbucks Coffee Company has transformed the way people in 37 countries
 enjoy their coffee, one cup at a time. Starbucks is the premier purveyor of
 the finest coffee in the world, with more than 11,000 retail locations in
 North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific Rim.
 The Company is committed to offering its customers the highest quality
 coffee and human connection through the Starbucks Experience, while
 striving to improve the social, environmental and economic well being of
 its partners, coffee farmers, countries of coffee origin, and the
 communities which it serves. Through Ethos Water, Starbucks demonstrates
 its long history of integrating a social conscience into all aspects of its
 business. The Company surprises and delights its customers by producing and
 selling bottled Starbucks Frappuccino(R) coffee drinks, Starbucks
 DoubleShot(R) espresso drinks and Starbucks(R) superpremium ice creams
 through its joint-venture partnerships, and Starbucks(TM) Coffee and Cream
 Liqueurs through a marketing and distribution agreement, in other
 convenient locations outside its retail operations. The Company's brand
 portfolio includes superpremium Tazo(R) teas, Starbucks Hear Music(TM)
 compact discs, Seattle's Best Coffee and Torrefazione Italia. These brands'
 unique and innovative personalities allow Starbucks to appeal to a broad
 consumer base.

SOURCE Starbucks Coffee Company