Bangkok — Starbuck’s coffeehouses just keep sprouting up everywhere in Bangkok. They have become something of a trendy place for Thais who can afford their rather expensive coffee products.
According to Wikipedia, Starbuck’s originated in Seattle, Washington in the United States in 1971, and is now the largest coffeehouse chain in the world with 20,891 stores worldwide.
But only 171 of them are in Thailand. Five other Asia-Pacific nations/regions have more: Japan with 989, China with 851, South Korea with 556, Taiwan with 291, and the Philippines with 206.
How you ever wondered what that Starbuck’s logo is? Well, it’s taken from ancient Scythian mythology, the first Asian nomadic horsemen described in detail by Western sources, who originated from Iran but later occupied the region between the Carpathians and the Caucasus.
The Scythian mythological being depicted as Starbuck’s logo is a siren – a being with a female upper body and a snake-like lower body. It is actually the Scythian matriarch of the sirens, her lower body ending in a two-tailed snake. She was venerated by the Scythians as far back as the 7th century B.C.
So next time you’re sitting in a Bangkok Starbuck’s trying to impress someone with just being there, take a close look at the logo on your cup. She’s been around for a very long time. Image/Google Images