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APIA, Samoa (February 8, 2001 - Samoa Observer/PINA Nius Online)---The international coffeehouse Starbucks is coming to Samoa.

Under an agreement with the parent company in the US, Hotel Kitano Tusitala is bringing in the Starbuck brand at its Seaview Brasserie restaurant, with plans for a full hotel release late next month.

The Seaview Brasserie is currently under renovation and will re-open on Friday. The restaurant will feature a special coffee and wine lounge with all the usual Starbucks’ facilities.

"Samoa’s coffee market was lacking a recognized coffee leader," said the hotel’s manager of marketing, Brendan Geeves. "It is our intention to offer a quality product with a proven international reputation and Starbucks was the obvious choice."

Started in Seattle, Washington in the early 1970s Starbucks now has over 5,000 coffeehouses and stores worldwide.

The coffee arriving in Samoa is roasted in the U.S. and air shipped for maximum freshness.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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