* "I can't answer why people are so emotionally linked to what we do or why they like or don't like us so much. I do like the fact that they're talking about us."
* "Over the past 18 months, we've become more relevant to our core customer and younger audience. The maturation of the company has enabled this. These are the best of times for Starbucks."
* "I think the quality of our food has gotten significantly better over the years. Sales of food as a percentage of our revenue is the highest it's been in our history." || Read "Starbucks at 40: An interview with CEO Howard Schultz"