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Starbucks is Opening New Reserve Stores and D.C. Will Get One (Updated)

D.C. is slated to get one in 2015.

The new Roastery and Tasting Room from Starbucks in Seattle.
The new Roastery and Tasting Room from Starbucks in Seattle.

Starbucks is launching a new line of fancier coffee shops, and D.C. will get one next year.

The new concept is called "Reserve-only" stores, according to a spokesman. D.C. will get one in 2015, but a specific location has not been named. Also slated for the concept: Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. All the stores will highlight rare, small-batch coffees.

An even bigger and fancier store opened in Seattle today called the Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room (Eater has a tour of the location here). The roastery is bigger (15,000 square feet in size) with a 360 degree view of the coffee makers. People who go there can try a number of small batch coffees, and the place uses high-tech equipment and six different brewing methods. There is also a chef-driven food menu.

UPDATE: A spokesman for Starbucks says the D.C. stores will not be the same concept as the Seattle store, though both highlight rare coffees.

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