A coffee connoisseur has visited more than 22,061 Starbucks locations in his mission to stop at all the chain cafes around the world – but now he says he & # 39; ill & # 39; is from coffee.
The Texas winter man started his adventure in Plano in 1997, when there were about 1500 Starbucks locations in the US at that time.
Today he has reached five continents and races to keep up with the ever-growing Starbucks chain. In March, Starbucks opened the 30,000th location in Shenzhen, China.
& # 39; I call it an extreme hobby, & # 39; said Winter, a 47-year-old freelance computer software engineer CNN.
A Texas man named Winter (photo left) has visited 15,061 Starbucks locations on five continents for the past 22 years in his quest to visit every Starbucks location in the world
Winter, who legally acquired his unique name in 2006, began his search to reach every Starbucks location in Plano, Texas in 1997 and has since traveled to every American state, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Depicted with Starbucks employees in Guatemala
He shared this update at the end of August after visiting his 14,984th store in Bellavista, Peru
So far, he has hit the Starbucks locations in every US state, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia, and has spent around $ 150,000 on coffee, airline tickets and gas.
The protocol for him was always the same – every weekend he would go to a new place for & # 39; Starbucking & # 39; travel, drive or fly to distant countries such as Denmark, Peru or Qatar to see how they brewed their coffee.
He would ask for a drip coffee sample, and if they didn't have one, he would ask for an espresso. He would then take some photos of the Starbucks and add them to his website and reach the next location.
But it's not always easy. Winter says he often lives out of his car and works from the offices of his contractors or at local Starbucks locations and libraries.
& # 39; I never thought the project would come to that & # 39 ;, he told the Texas Alcalde in July. & # 39; I am as homeless as possible. Being mobile is how I want it. & # 39;
Over the past two decades, Winter says he has lost his appetite for Starbucks coffee. & # 39; I no longer enjoy the taste of Starbucks. It's tolerable or OK, but it's never good or good coffee, "he said
Winter is a freelance computer software engineer and says he likes his mobile lifestyle, where his car is his second home and he often works from Starbucks cafes and libraries
Despite losing his taste for Starbucks coffee, he says he will continue his global mission & # 39; until I die & # 39;
But now Winter says that he has lost his Pike Place passion and the menu of the necklace has become bored.
& # 39; It's hard to talk about a favorite Starbucks item because I no longer enjoy the taste of Starbucks & he said. & # 39; It's tolerable or OK, but it's never good or good coffee again. & # 39;
But Starbucks will always take a dear place in his heart.
For years, his local Plano, Texas Starbucks, served as his second home where he could meet friends who were as obsessed with caffeine as he is.
& # 39; Starbucks more or less gave me my first big circle of friends, & # 39; he said.
Winter says that although it is & # 39; technically impossible & # 39; is to visit every store, he still has the ambition to visit as many as possible, one cup of Joe at a time.
& # 39; I don't see it as work. I see it as a goal, & he said.
His hard work traversing the world has brought him fame in the coffee world.
Winter was recently interviewed by Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig on his podcast Time Crisis. On Friday, he received a backstage pass for the Vampire Weekend concert at Madison Square Garden in New York
The Starbucking trip of the winter was not easy. He lost a serious relationship along the way and sold his house in Houston to take care of his mother in Panama (pictured above with mother)
Winter, who legally acquired his unique name in 2006, has made headlines for years, was the subject of a documentary called Starbucking by Bill Tangeman that followed his journey for a year, and recently appeared on Time Crisis, the podcast organized by Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig.
On Friday, he received a backstage pass for the Vampire Weekend concert at Madison Square Garden in New York.
He shared an image with Koenig on Instagram and wrote: & # 39; In two decades of Starbucking I was mocked, called an idiot, that my goal was meaningless. But Starbucking – with many thanks to Jake Longstreth, Time Crisis and Ezra Koenig – simply gave me the best night ever. A great show, backstage pass and chat with members of the band. Always follow your dreams. & # 39;
Even Starbucks reached out to him in 2002 and gave him memorabilia and a thank-you letter, but has since stayed hands.
But it was not an easy journey. He lost a serious relationship along the way and sold his home in Houston to take care of his mother in a nursing home in Panama.
"She loved to travel, but we had to spend time on what she wanted to do," Winter said about losing his girlfriend. & # 39; It couldn't just be about starbucking. & # 39;
Yet Starbucking has become his passion for life and he says he intends to continue his search until I die.
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