Starbucks Expanding its Presence in Costa Rica

Two more Starbucks coffee shops will soon be operating in Costa Rica. The U.S.-based coffee titan expects to have one shop operating on the east end of the Greater Metropolitan Area and another on the west end by the end of the year. This will bring the total number of Starbucks stores operating in Costa Rica to four.

Expansion plans are also expected to continue well into 2014. High customer traffic will serve as the primary factor for determining new locations.

Operations for Starbucks stores in Costa Rica first began in the summer of last year. Approximately 40 people are employed between the two stores located in Escazú and Moravia. Each of the two stores serves between 300 and 400 customers on a daily basis.

Starbucks began the process of expanding its Costa Rica presence in March of 2013 with the purchase of a farm located in Poás Volcano foothills in Alajuela. The farm, spanning some 240 hectares will serve as coffee research center for the Seattle-based company.

James Drews

James Drews

Vice President, Sales. Age 43 Prior to co-founding VESTA GROUP, James moved to Costa Rica in 1996 and began his real estate career here by co-founding Dominical Realty. In 2001, the company obtained a Coldwell Banker independent franchise, and three years later partnered with another Coldwell Banker franchise in Costa Rica to become Vesta Group, the Master-Franchise-holder for the entire country. As a member of the Global Association of Realtors and the U.S.-based National Association of Realtors, the Master Franchise has already grown to ten (10) offices throughout the country, with several more currently in process. James is married to a Costa Rican, and proud father of 3 daughters ages 7,10, and 20. James, is well respected among the local and foreign community, and carries high ethical standards, and a hard working family man that seeks to provide his customers with the best level of service possible. James goes out of his way to seek out new frontiers that are ahead of the wave, and specializes in rural and remote farmland, developing land and collecting legacy type of properties. Surfing big waves, fishing, hiking, and travel are favorite pastimes. Daily goal is a new discovery. Approaching 20 years of living in Costa Rica, James knows his territory well, and has much love for his new country and it's people, and will guide you well, and share his resources and local knowle​d​ge with you to make your new venture successful.​ ​