The CIA Has Its Very Own Secretive Starbucks

Baristas don't call out any names here
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2014 6:49 AM CDT
Updated Oct 4, 2014 6:30 AM CDT
The CIA Has Its Very Own Secretive Starbucks
A Starbucks coffee cup.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

There's one Starbucks in the world where there's zero chance that your name will be misspelled on a cup: the Starbucks tucked within the CIA's headquarters in Langley, Va., a location plainly referred to as "Store Number 1" on its receipts. No names grace the cups here, much to the frustration of one food services supervisor at the compound, who complains to the Washington Post that things might move faster if they did. And according to the paper, there's quite the crowd to service: The location is described as one of America's busiest Starbucks, with lines that can snake down the hallway.

There are no visible differences between this Starbucks and any other—like so many Starbucks, this one often serves as a location for job interviews, though in this case, intraagency ones. (One unnamed officer says a member of the team who hunted Osama bin Laden was recruited here.) And as far as jobs go, the nine workers who staff this Starbucks—having made it through "rigorous interviews and background checks"—get some pretty unusual instructions: like telling their boss if someone starts asking too many questions about their job (not that they're allowed to say much beyond the fact that they work in a federal building). But the CIA Starbucks is far from the only unusual government-related one among the chain's more than 20,000 locations worldwide: Bloomberg reports you can find the chain aboard the USS Harry S. Truman, USS Boxer, and USS Carl Vinson. (And then there are unusual flavors ... )

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