Starbucks to shut down all stores

I guess Starbucks thinks it is better not to have any coffee rather than having some one elses.

Customers hoping for another shot of java at an Austin-area Starbucks Tuesday evening are in for a jolt of a different kind.

According to the company’s Web site, Seattle-based Starbucks Coffee Co. will close all 7,100 company-owned stores across the country from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. for an in-house training session for its 135,000 baristas.

The company said the educational sessions will “provide a renewed focus on espresso standards” and will “transform” the customer experience.

On the Web site, Starbucks offers several suggestions while caffeine-challenged customers count down the 12,601 seconds it takes for the training session to end — such as cooking a turkey in the oven. Surprisingly, one option not mentioned is to try out some coffee at a rivals’ establishment.

Starbucks to temporarily shut down all stores