Starbucks new CEO reveals his favorite coffee order after spending 6 months working side by side with baristas

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By William of England 3 Min Read

“My favorite go-to drink at Starbucks is the Doppio Espresso Macchiato with some hot milk on the side,” Narasimhan mentioned. He added that he prefers skim milk, as a result of it’s the closest manner of replicating the style of South Indian coffee when within the U.S. Narasimhan is from Pune, a big metropolis in southwest India.

Once shortly, the CEO—whose prolonged résumé features a lengthy C-level profession at PepsiCo—will indulge in additional ritzy Starbucks choices. He mentioned he’s tasted and been “very amazingly surprised” by the whiskey barrel-aged Guatemalan coffee, which is offered at Starbucks Roastery shops. “It has no alcohol. It has a cube of ice, and it’s a wonderful drink that I’ve enjoyed deeply.” 

Narasimhan honed his various style by way of the 40 hours he spent coaching—and 6 months he spent working—as a barista alongside Starbucks companions whereas gearing up for the CEO gig. “The idea was to really immerse myself in the business, understand the culture, understand it from a partner’s lens, and also get really good at coffee, which I love drinking,” he advised Alan Murray and Michal Lev-Ram on an episode of the Leadership Next podcast. Working in shops throughout the continents gave Narasimhan “a real lens into what it meant” to be a Starbucks worker.  

Since taking the reins from erstwhile CEO and firm founder Howard Schultz, Narasimhan has made clear his intentions to prioritize Starbucks company’s relationship with its in-store staff. Recent profitable monetary outcomes, he mentioned, proved that his efforts had been paying off. Earlier this month, the chain reported an 11.4% bump in quarterly gross sales, equaling $9.37 billion. It additionally shared plans so as to add almost 15,000 new places, largely exterior the U.S. That’s alongside its present greater than 20,000 non-U.S. shops.

Narasimhan is avowedly militant about work-life steadiness; he meditates day by day, workouts 150 to 250 minutes every week, and largely avoids answering work calls after 6 p.m. And even the CEO of a Fortune 100 firm doesn’t drink an excessive amount of Kool Aid; he avoids any coffee after 2:00 p.m. At that time, he advised Murray and Lev-Ram, he switches over to one among Starbucks’s (*6*)

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