Business, Politics & Society

Coffee Break

Howard Schultz

Lesson time 02:59 min

Take a coffee break with Howard as he teaches you how he makes his favorite French press coffee.

Howard Schultz
Business Leadership
Former Starbucks CEO shares lessons from nearly 40 years of leading one of the world’s top brands.
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Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz rose from a childhood in public housing to leading a company that revolutionized the way the world drinks coffee. With no formal business education, he relied on his values while growing a 13-store chain into a global brand with more than 250,000 employees. In his 90-minute video series, Howard shares what he’s learned about business leadership and being an entrepreneur.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

i have only completed this first class. I feel there were a great number of takeaways with forming and developing a company in its infancy. On paper and in theory all the advice sounds great, hopefully i will be able to implement a great deal of it in real life.

The stories are the most effective teaching method to reinforce points he makes. For example, when talking about dealing with crisis he then told the story about his own dealing with the 2008 crisis. I wished more points had accompanying stories.

Key business points - we need more business leaders on MasterClass!!!!!

As a budding CEO it was great to hear insight from a leader that built a company from the ground up. I can move forward knowing that there is no straight line but with the right team and the right leadership approach I will be able to make it through.


Meg N.

Glad to hear about the French press and the aged Sumatra rough grind. I'm a fan of Mandheling coffee, and have been slightly frustrated over paper filters. 'Can't say that it will be a Starbucks experience, you closed the shop near where I work and the nearest where I live is a bit far to walk. But it's good to know the details.

A fellow student

Great quality of the speaker and getting great information out of this series, but this type of sponsored episode isn't what this course should be about. Thanks.

Ekin Ö.

We'll be right back after these messages. :-) I tried Sumatra, but aged coffee is new to me. I'll get my hands on some soon. And about the boiling water: Wait for the water to cool down a bit from 100 to 90s Celcius.

Kevin W.

I was drinking a French Press coffee while watching this. Will get my hands on some aged Sumatra!

Bryan H.

The thing I love most about this guy is his total authenticity. He seems so sincere it's hard to discount anything he says. Of course he's got the background and success to back it all up; but he's speaking on so many little subtle points that matter in life and business that go way beyond the numbers. I love this class most of all.

Tara Jade B.

Thanks for the tip! I'm curious to try it out. (Hopefully Starbucks in Switzerland has it....)

Darryl D.

I appreciate the free copy of your book...thanks for that! BUT, your recommended coffee is impossible to find...I've searched several Starbucks in Manhattan, without success. May we have a link to where we could purchase this online....hopefully with a MasterClass discount?

Jason G.

The key for me in this coffee break was the phrase: "5am." Over and over again, the most successful people I'm following and learning from are people who turn the TV off at night, who don't get caught up in the drama of reality shows, bing-watching series, and going to bed at 1am having spent their time watching other people's lives to escape their current reality, and are people who are purpose-driven, prepare the night before for the next day, and go to bed by 10pm, relaxed and ready for the next day and get up early in the 5am-club to prepare for their day, give themselves the moment they need to be effective (be it a few mins of prayer or meditation, being thankful for another day, for the opportunities they have to make others around them better, a good cup of coffee, a review of what they want to accomplish, and then head out the door to make it a great day with less traffic on the road and arrive where they want to be with less stress, hurry, or pressure...Being prepared starts with intent the night before, strengthened by the early morning routine we create and enjoy each day...Howard is just another example of this and it's definitely the crowd I want to be associated with each morning... ;)

Leonardo M.

It's all about showing us that it doesn't matter your position in the company, you need to have a deep understanding of the products and the business


For the first few seconds, I was taken back by how gimmicky this break felt. But I soon realized how much I loved this fun, creative this approach taking some brain rest mid-course. It also doesn't hurt to know I share a coffee routine with Howard!