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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.


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Cédric J.

Leçon 7 : Howard Schultz. Coffee Break Sumatra un très bon café. Il nous recommande de faire du café, avec French press, de l'eau bouillante Aged Sumatra at Starbucks.

Xander S.

I was a bit disappointed to use this course as a marketing opportunity. If you want to know how to make a good cup o' Joe, go check out James Hoffman's videos (YouTube). He may be a great businessman, but misinformation truly hurts the specialty coffee industry.

Tom K.

Just letting you know there is a fly on the table at 2:50 its not on your screen.

Alex K.

I love this little segment on a task that requires motor activity. It's a nice break from the more cognitive aspect of these lectures and helps me refocus.

A fellow student

These lessons are weak. Even this 2 minute coffee video doesn't tell you how much coffee to use, or the ratio of water to coffee. How I feel about all the lessons, we get into it a little bit but much of the most important info is missing!

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.