In early 2015, Corporación de Franquicias Americanas (CFA), Starbucks long-time Central America business partner, will open Starbucks first store in Panama. Currently, CFA operates more than 500 restaurants in Mexico and Central America, employing more than 12,000 people. With Starbucks, CFA operates 5 stores in El Salvador, 4 stores in Costa Rica, and 4 stores in Guatemala, employing more than 175 partners. Over the long term, Starbucks and CFA plan to open more than 20 stores in Panama.About Starbucks Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit us in our stores or online at news.starbucks.com.