A PER­FECT BLEND

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STAR­BUCKS FLAG­SHIP STORE IN PH­NOM PENH FUSES COF­FEE MAS­TERY WITH RICH CAM­BO­DIAN HER­ITAGE

Glid­ing along the wall, the Siren smiles as she cups a clus­ter of cof­fee cher­ries in her painted hands. Splashed with scales of coil­ing fronds, her tail splits smoothly into a pair of snarling Naga, the legendary dragon that keeps watch over Cam­bo­dia’s pago­das and tem­ples.

This is the cen­ter­piece of Star­bucks two-story, 7,000 square-feet flag­ship store in Ph­nom Penh’s bustling Boe­ung Keng Kang neigh­bor­hood. Hand-painted by lo­cal ur­ban artists Peap Tarr and Lisa Mam, the mu­ral reimag­ines Siren, the mytho­log­i­cal twin-tailed mer­maid that en­chants you on ev­ery Star­bucks cup, as the ma­jes­tic mer­maid Princess So­vann Mac­cha from Cam­bo­dia’s old­est tales.

The mu­ral is far from the store’s only tribute to Cam­bo­dia’s lore. Greet­ing cus­tomers at the storefront is a Siren carv­ing in lo­cal sand­stone that echoes the an­cient Kh­mer won­der in its artis­tic prime. By the main en­trance, a hand­carved stone bowl adorned with the scaled pat­tern on the tails of the mel­liflu­ous Star­bucks mer­maid mur­murs its song of run­ning wa­ter. It is in th­ese lo­cally pro­duced art­works where Star­bucks 45-year cof­fee her­itage meets a cul­ture that has a cen­turies-long chron­i­cle to un­fold.

De­signed as a fully im­mer­sive, all-sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ence that fos­ters deep con­nec­tion to the Star­bucks story and pas­sion for cof­fee, the store fea­tures an ex­clu­sive Star­bucks Re­serve Cof­fee Ex­pe­ri­ence Bar, where years of crafts­man­ship guide the hands of the black-aproned Star­bucks Cof­fee Mas­ters. Through th­ese skilled baris­tas, a new generation of Cam­bo­di­ans can em­bark on an el­e­vated cof­fee jour­ney ex­plor­ing the rare, ex­cep­tional Star­bucks Re­serve of­fer­ings.

Small-batch blended and roasted in Star­bucks’ hometown of Seat­tle, th­ese unique cof­fees are avail­able through five dis­tinct brew­ing meth­ods – Siphon, Pour-over, Cold Brew, Cof­fee Press and the Black Ea­gle Espresso Ma­chine, all sin­gle­cup brewed with metic­u­lous tech­nique and care. For a re­fined cup, the Siphon method uses vac­uum force and va­por pres­sure to ex­tract sub­tle cof­fee flavours, ac­com­pa­nied by a vis­ually cap­ti­vat­ing pre­sen­ta­tion that show­cases cof­fee artistry. Steeped for ten hours in cool wa­ter, the Cold Brew of­fers lo­cal Cam­bo­di­ans a mod­ern twist to their pen­chant for iced cof­fee. In much the same way, the Star­bucks flag­ship store in Ph­nom Penh com­bines and cel­e­brates its cof­fee legacy with the pas­sion and won­der that de­fines Cam­bo­dia’s own un­mis­tak­able story. Store Ad­dress: No. 14, Street 57 & 288, Sangkat Boe­ung Keng Kang 1, Ph­nom Penh.

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