Man visits 15,000 Starbucks worldwide -- says he's getting kinda sick of coffee
A man on a quest to visit every Starbucks on the planet says -- surprise -- he's getting a little tired of the coffee.
In 1997, a man named Winter embarked on his mission in Plano, Texas, to hit every Starbucks in the United States. At that time, the coffee giant operated roughly 1,500 American locations.
Twenty-two years later, Starbucks expanded all over the globe and recently opened it's 30,000th store in Shenzhen, China.
Which means for Winter, who's now 47, there might be no end in sight for his quest. He's only halfway through finishing his goal, having visited 15,061 Starbucks locations so far, at a cost of over $150,000.
Winter, born Rafael Antonio Lozano Jr., has so far traveled to 55 countries across four continents -- racking up over a million miles. The espresso lover used to dedicate his weekends to visiting stores, driving around the states or flying to different countries, like Qatar.
Now, with an ailing mother, he's not moving as fast as he once did.
Despite vowing to finish his 22-years-in-the-making goal, he's starting to find his "Starbucking" a little tedious.
In fact, after drinking Starbucks for over two decades, he's bored with the coffee. He tells New York Daily News that he doesn't really enjoy the taste of Starbucks anymore.
Still, Winter says he will continue his voyage into his 70s.
As of 2018, Starbucks claims to have nearly 14,300 U.S. locations -- meaning there are now more Starbucks in America than there are McDonald's restaurants.