A Minot woman has recently returned from a business trip of sorts...and it was one to remember.
Kristi Rosselli manages Minot's Starbucks at Burdick and Broadway -- one of the top producers in the country.
Because of that, she was selected for a trip of a lifetime.
Perry Olson tells us about it.
(Kristi Rosselli - Starbucks Manager) "I realize that in some people's minds it is only coffee...but coffee looks a little different to me right now!"
That's because Rosselli has seen where it comes from -- a recent trip to Costa Rica thanks to her success leading Minot's Starbucks -- brought her face to face with the foundation for the multi-billion dollar company...the beans.
(Kristi Rosselli - Starbucks Manager) "We had a chance to go to a couple coffee farms...three actually. We went from a small holder all the way up to an estate and had the opportunity to work beside a farmer and see what a farmer goes through."
And as you can see from her photos from the trip...it was a hands on activity. 14 to 16 hour days learning how Starbucks lands top of the line product...taking only the bone white colored beans...and converting them to many of our morning must-haves. Coffee beans come from coffee trees...which produce these cherries. They were picked...and stripped down to the bean hidden inside...
(Kristi Rosselli - Starbucks Manager) "Only one fifth of that coffee cherry is used and actually hits your cup."
She says the three day trip was incredible, experiencing a new culture...and learning how these producers make a living through Starbucks at the base level...
(Kristi Rosselli - Starbucks Manager) "Being able to see that and respect that part of it was huge and phenomenal and you have a whole different level of respect from the farmer aspect."
She's back home now...watching over this successful location
(Kristi Rosselli - Starbucks Manager) "We are one of the busiest in the country. We actually finished in the top ten in the country last year."
She just has a bit of a better understanding how it all works now. She's seen it with her own eyes... In Minot, Perry Olson, KX News.
Tonight, Rosselli is recapping her trip giving a presentation at the LaQuinta Hotel.
If you're interested, you can stop by -- it starts at seven tonight.