This Guy Has Spent $100,000 Trying to Hit Every Starbucks in the World

10/03/2014 at 12:21 PM ET

Man Visits His 11,000th Starbucks
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Think you’ve got a bad Starbucks habit? Meet the guy who, to date, has visited 11,733 locations of the mega coffee chain.

According to his website, Starbucks Everywhere, Winter (yep, that’s his name) has, since 1997, “been on a personal mission to drink coffee from every (company-operated) Starbucks in the world.” (If you’ve got four minutes to burn, you can watch what happens when he hits store number 10,000 here.)

Despite his dedication to the drink, he’s not the type to kick back on his couch with a cup of joe. “I have only once made coffee at home — I enjoy the social aspect of actually visiting a coffeehouse,” he says.

He’s spent about $100,000 attempting to reach his goal, and his travels have taken him as far as Asia and the Middle East. One way he’s managed to fund it? Getting rid of his permanent residence. “For the last three years I have lived out of my car, and the $10,000 to $15,000 in rent savings has allowed me more discretionary income to both save, fund my travels, and donate to charity,” he tells PEOPLE.

But the real question is, besides the social aspects, what motivated him to embark on this kind of challenge? “My original motivation was simply to accomplish something singularly unique. However, since that time, I have discovered many joys in the traveling, the photography, and the puzzle-like challenge of my mission,” he writes on his web site.

And since ABC News reports that three new Starbucks locations open daily, if he stays his caffeinated course, Winter will be on the road for the foreseeable future.

—Lexi Dwyer

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Lysa Simpson on

I was waiting to read at the end that Starbucks has given him free coffee for life or even bought the guy a home or rented him an apartment. Come on Starbucks, put him in a commercial (like Jared from Subway) or something! I love the Starbucks brand, I’m sure they will do something special for this guy. I’ll be watching ☕️

bill on

Some people have too much money.

Charlie on

Traveling around the world, drinking overpriced coffee. I’m not sure “great idea” is the best definition for what he is doing… but each to their own

ctgwoman on

I dont think he used his own money – he was HIRED by Starbucks – s they can get publicity. It is a publicity stunt people – WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE!

Anonymous on

Get an apartment and come to Israel where we make real coffee-not the boiled brown water Star*ucks tries to pass as coffee. I can get a better cup of brew in a gas station here than in any Star*ucks anywhere.

Anonymous on

Still looking for a courteous employee…

Wrongchoice on

He should just burn himself like Cosmo Kramer, and accept free caffe lattes for life.

LOL! on

Cannot think of one single reason why this story would be under “Great Ideas”.

slawson on

Is it okay if I say, “Wow, what an idiot.”

Tracy on

Waste of time and money. Get a life.

Bhavana on

Gee, I wouldn’t even spend $10 on Starbucks coffee, let alone $100,000. Their coffee is way too strong for my taste.

Lisa on

Random…There are Starbucks on military installations…wonder if he goes to those ones and how…

jetty on

And I’ve made it a personal mission to avoid any Starbucks.

Thomas on

Good luck getting in to the Starbucks at the CIA.

Alie Crawford on

One of my good friends works with this guy at Microsoft where he is a contract SW developer. He’s used his own money to do this. He really does live out of his car and apparently is a competitive scrabble player (no joke). It’s crazy but he sleeps in his car during the winter in Cambridge and has to move the car when they plow. Too funny to see People writing about him.

Pam on

Dumb!

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You can also look at the yards per throw but that’s partially addressed in the total yardage stat above. Her receipt is $10,250 and transporting cost reaches $17,000 a month. A large transport ship, the Envoy can car 20 units at a time.

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