Drinking his 10,006th coffee and going strong

16:00, Jan 20 2011
Coffee
COFFEE JUNKIE: Winter at Starbucks Takapuna. His next stop is Browns Bay.

American coffee fanatic Winter once drank 29 cups in a day.

He doesn't recommend it: "It is very unpleasant; I got anxiety, sleeplessness, jitters and headaches."

Winter was on the Shore this week to continue his mission of drinking a coffee at every Starbucks on the planet.

He consumed his 10,006th coffee at the Takapuna cafe before moving on to the Browns Bay one.

Winter usually gets a brewed coffee sample but at his 10,000th coffee at a Karangahape Rd cafe it was a flat white.

"We don't have those in America and I wanted to try something different," he says.

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The 38-year-old he started his journey in 1997 and has visited 23 countries with the goal of making it to every continent.

His unusual name, which he says is legal, can raise questions from customs officers.

He is travelling by car around the North Island and South Island with 10 days to complete his mission of 40 stores.

His coffee escapades are put on hold when he is working as a computer programmer.

"I fell in love with travel, and the sense of adventure you get when you have to figure everything out with limited resources," he says.

But he admits drinking coffee is a bigger priority than sightseeing.

Winter likes the attention he gets and documents his trip on his blog.

His next stop after Australia is Indonesia and many more countries.

He also has ideas for solving global problems and passes that on as he drinks coffee.

Visit http://www.starbuckseverywhere.net/ for more information about Winter and his adventure.

North Shore Times