Traveler’s Starbucks quest leads him to Lawrence

A man attempting to drink coffee at every company-operated Starbucks Coffee Company store in the world stopped in Lawrence on Sunday night to check another store off his ever-growing list of Starbucks locations.

The coffee connoisseur, who goes by the single name Winter, ordered a drink at the new store at 4701 W. Sixth St.

“The ultimate purpose is to drink a coffee from every store. … That is the single most important, paramount rule,” he said.

The visit to Lawrence wasn’t his first — he visited the downtown store at Seventh and Massachusetts streets in 2001 and 2007.

When Winter first began his Starbucks-drinking mission in 1997, there were only about 1,500 company-operated Starbucks locations, he said.

Now, there are more than 17,000 Starbucks locations around the globe.

“Obviously I had no idea at the time they’d expand out to what they are,” Winter said.

He’s had a cup of coffee, or at least a sample, at more than 11,000 stores — nearly 8,900 in the U.S. and more than 2,200 international shops, according to his website.

Winter, who is originally from Texas, also visited a recently opened Starbucks in Overland Park, at 3807 W. 95th St., during his trip to Kansas.

The stores are the first two company-operated Starbucks locations to open in Kansas in nearly five years, Winter said.

To follow Winter’s Starbucks journey, visit his website