SHANGHAI, China -- Go inside the the new Starbucks Reserve Roastery, the largest in the world, as it opens this week. For a sneak peek, view the photos below.
Howard Schultz, executive chairman of Starbucks, shown at the new Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Shanghai. It opens to the public on Dec. 6. (Joshua Trujillo / Starbucks Newsroom).
Highly trained coffee roasters prepare the beans next to the two-story 40-ton copper cask at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Shanghai. The cask is covered with 1,000 hand-carved traditonal Chinese chops, or stamps, that tell the story of Starbucks. (Joshua Trujillo / Starbucks Newsroom).
Visitors can point their phones at various locations around the Shanghai Roastery to get an insider's digital look, including peeking inside the massive copper roasting cask, find out about various brewing methods and much more with state-of-the-art augmented reality (AR) technology.(Joshua Trujillo / Starbucks Newsroom).
More than 80 items are baked fresh onsite daily at the Princi bakery, the first in Asia, inside the Shanghai Roastery. Princi is the exclusive food pairing partner at Starbucks Roasteries.(Joshua Trujillo / Starbucks Newsroom).
A barista at the Teavana bar at the Shanghai Roastery handcrafts a beverage. The tea menu features unique blends, tea infused with nitrogen -- and a new way of brewing tea with the Steampunk, which uses steam to extract more flavor and brew tea in about half the usual time. (Joshua Trujillo / Starbucks Newsroom).
A barista handcrafts coffee using the siphon brewing method at the Shanghai Roastery's main bar. (Joshua Trujillo / Starbucks Newsroom).
The ceiling of the 30,000-square foot Shanghai Roastery is comprised of 10,000 handmade wooden hexagon-shaped tiles, inspired by the locking of an espresso shot on an espresso machine.(Matthew Glac / Starbucks).
The copper "symphony" pipes, above the heads of the customers, carry freshly roasted coffee to the coffee bars to be brewed or packing line where they will be packaged for sale. The symphony pipes are named for the musical sound they make as they transport the beans.(Joshua Trujillo / Starbucks Newsroom).
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