This is the pilot store for the Starbucks express format, one designed to get you in and out faster than ever.
I’m standing in an exceptionally small Starbucks. It’s a little over 530 square feet, which is bigger than a New York City micro-apartment but a shoebox compared to your average Starbucks.
It’s full of texture, with reclaimed wooden two-by-twos on one wall, milky gray subway tiles on another, and industrial grade gold doors in front. It has none of the tables or banquettes that invite laptops and tired tourists in most of the chain’s 20,000 cafés.
There’s just one slender wooden bar with some stealthy built-in electronics standing between the doors and the register.
Through the glass doors, you can see the neo-classical architecture of the New York Stock Exchange...