Starbucks Seattle–Shipping container Cafe

starbucks shipping container drive through

Not the first shipping container cafe by Starbucks but its still heading in the right direction of recycling shipping containers.

The fact is unfortunately or maybe not? Shipping containers have become fashionably green. Myself its not about being green but more to the fact it makes a lot of sense recycling containers for homes,offices and other buildings. But Peter Demaria who’s part of this project from said “Due to the trade imbalance with China, millions of containers are left in our ports every year,”. I would like to add this trend is changing rather rapidly with the current recessions round the world. In reality the containers we are seeing stuck at ports may not be so readily available in the future as more goods may end up having to be manufactured at home due to the fact most industries have now gone to China. You can only export so much trade until countries wake up to the fact they need to start developing their own manufacturing and not just rely on cheap imports as it damages the economy.

Recycling the containers though takes only five per cent of the energy that melting down the steel it a beam for example. Often greens will be pushing the fact the containers shouldn’t exist in the first place but in reality they are already here! Lets deal with the surplus as the lowering imports will no doubt reduce the numbers of containers.

Back on to Starbucks new cafe, Mr Demaria has worked on other shipping container building projects already including a house in Redondo Beach, gallery and a condo building in other locations within the United States.

What we are seeing with the Starbucks container building though is a prototype being put together its unique not only in the steel container design but also that it will be drive-up and walk-up only with no space to lounge inside.

And it will be portable, he said, easy to break it down and transport somewhere else. “We see a lot of opportunities here,” he said. “We can put a store like this on a lot that will be developed someday but is free for two or three years, and then we can move it.”

Also Starbucks is looking to the fact it imports tea, coffee and other products into the United States as well as other countries and would like to see the containers not going to waste.

How To Search For Used Shipping Containers Online

shipping container for saleIdeally you will find it easier to use a laptop or a home PC than you would a smart phone. One of the reasons being that some of the sites you will come across will not be smart phone friendly due to the age of the sites (often not regularly updated). Which also means better to give them a call for stock availability etc.

Search term wise I would use Google or Bing pretty much everything else on the web now feeds off either of these two for information so basically whatever is on Google or Bing is likely to be in Yahoo because Yahoo is using one of they’re search engines for its data. Do key search words like shipping container or used container but also add your town such as “shipping container Maryland” and if you don’t get an initial hit on that go to the region or county expanding outwards until you start seeing sites coming back that are supplying shipping containers in your area. If getting a lot of hits and some indirectly using a longer search may improve chances of getting what you want for specific searches :-



  • Buy used shipping container
  • Shipping container for sale
  • Used steel container
  • Used storage containers
  • Used sea containers
  • Shipping container unit
  • Steel shipping container

Due to the way search engines work these days its also worth noting the side advertisers on the search engines as its likely the company your wanting is there. Search engines advertise to specific searches in specific regions meaning the answer could be right in front of you amongst the Google adverts.

Remember also to have a look at E-bay and search around Government surplus and liquidations. You may get a real bargain from one of these especially if people are looking to just offload used shipping containers for disposal.

Always worth not taking the first thing you see and looking at multiple suppliers for quotes and prices so you can compare the cost of shipping containers as well as getting them delivered.