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Originally published August 26, 2013 at 12:44 PM | Page modified August 27, 2013 at 8:48 AM

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Starbucks to open in Colombia

After buying coffee from Colombia for decades, Starbucks said Monday it plans to open its first cafe there next year.

Seattle Times business reporter

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After buying coffee from Colombia for decades, Starbucks said Monday it plans to open its first cafe there next year. It will be the chain’s 63rd country.

The espresso and drip coffee sold at Starbucks’ Colombian stores will be roasted in that country, something Starbucks also does in India.

In Colombia, the coffee will be roasted at a facility in Medellin that currently roasts and manufactures Starbucks’ instant coffee, Via. It is operated by a subsidiary of Grupo Nutresa, which will run Starbucks’ cafes in Colombia with a company called Alsea.

Starbucks also announced it and U.S. AID will each contribute $1.5 million to increasing Colombian coffee yields and enhancing economic opportunities for Colombian farmers.

“It will allow us to extend our reach to some more rural areas of Colombia,” said Cliff Burrows, who heads Starbucks’ operations for the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Melissa Allison: 206-464-3312 or mallison@seattletimes.com. Twitter @AllisonSeattle.

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