On April 3, 2017, starbucks Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz plans to leave his current position within the company, according to a spokesperson.

The current chief operating officer, Kevin Johnson, will be replacing Schultz as CEO. Johnson joined the Starbucks team in 2015, but he has been on the company's board of directors since 2009. However, Schultz will not be leaving Starbucks. Schultz will now serve as the executive chairman.

The 63-year-old to focus on social impact

"Given the state of things in the country, there is a need to help those left behind," said Schultz.

Schultz originally joined Starbucks in 1982 as the director of retail operations.

At that time, the company only had four stores. After working to grow the company into the huge business that it is today, Schultz left the company in 2000.

He stayed out of the latte business for eight years. Schultz returned as CEO in 2008 and has remained in that position for the last eight years. Schultz has led the company to a value of $84 billion with more than 24,000 retail stores in 70 different countries.

Schultz will be turning his focus on Starbucks Roasteries. The Roasteries allow customers to watch the freshly roasted coffee beans arriving. This is a favorite pass time for many visitors.

Currently, Starbucks has its only signature roastery in Seattle. The Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room allows customers to not only watch the freshly roasted beans arrive, but to experience the coffee at a whole new level.

Customers are able to chat with the coffee specialists, enjoy the unique menu and experience the coffees in more ways than one. The different options for coffee experiences include: pour-over, chemex, coffee press, siphon, espresso and clover brewed.

Customers also have the opportunity to experience rare flavors of coffee that might possibly become extinct.

Starbucks Reserve coffees worldwide will be roasted and packaged at the Roasteries. Some of the flavors are so scarce that they might never be sold again.

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