There’s a Covert Starbucks Inside the CIA

Daily operations run just a little bit differently at the Starbucks inside the Central Intelligence Agency

(Photo Modified: Flickr/marco pakoeningrat)

What do you think is on the secret menu at this particular Starbucks? (Photo Modified: Flickr/marco pakoeningrat)

Not even the Central Intelligence Agency is immune to the proliferation of Starbucks. In fact, “Stealthy Starbucks,” or “Store Number 1,” as it’s allegedly known, is thought to be one of the busiest Starbucks locations in the country, according to The Washington Post.

“Obviously we are caffeine-addicted personality types,” one employee told The Washington Post of the agency’s captive consumer base, made up of “thousands of analysts and agents, economists and engineers, geographers and cartographers working on gathering intelligence and launching covert operations inside some of the most vexing and violent places around the world.”

As with other employees of the CIA, Stealthy Starbucks employees do not share details of their employment offsite, and undergo “extensive vetting.”

The location reportedly functions much like any other Starbucks, with one key exception: no one uses their real name, or any name at all. “It just didn’t work for this location,” the Starbucks supervisor told The Washington Post.

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Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy.  

 

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