A graphic of a Starbucks venti to-go cup with latte foam art in the shape of the coronavirus.
Illustrations: Jenna Andersen

The Uncertain Future of Post-Pandemic Starbucks

How did the coffee behemoth get left behind in the pandemic?

In early 2007, the world seemed partly owned by Starbucks. It did not matter what country you were in, or what direction you walked — everywhere you were sooner or later bound to encounter one of the company’s outlets, habitués lined up, sometimes out the door, for some version of…