When I first “met” the first mate on The Pequod, I wondered if a certain chain of coffee shops may have borrowed his name to christen their stores. Before diving into Moby-Dick the only three names I could have given you in reference to the book where Ahab, Ishmael, and Moby-Dick. Today I went to the company website and found my answer:
The name, inspired by Moby Dick, evoked the romance of the high seas and the seafaring tradition of the early coffee traders.
Starbucks got its name from Starbuck! I have Moby-Dick to thank for this piece of trivia.
PS. Readers, next time you are at Starbucks ask another patron if they know where the store got its name. Please tell me I’m not the only person who didn’t know this.
PPS. Jeannette, you can stop looking for chowder recipes.