Kenny G Claims Responsibility For Frappuccinos

Smooth jazz aficionado would like you to send him a silent thanks the next time you take a sip of an oh-so-delicious Frappuccino. Many moons ago, when Kenny was at his peak and Starbucks was still in its infancy, his uncle introduced him to the coffee shop’s founder, Howard Schultz. When Kenny laid his eyes on Starbucks, he saw wonder and promise that one day in the near future, Americans would in fact shell out $4.00 for a cup of coffee. He invested in the company and, from the way he tells it, he became pretty chummy with Schultz.

He told Bloomberg Business:

“At the beginning, Starbucks didn’t have anything but coffee. And there was another company, Coffee Bean, that had something called ‘blended’ that was a sweet drink, and people were lined up around the block. And I would always call Howard and say, ‘Howard, there’s this thing that they do there that’s like a milkshake or whatever.’ And so I think that part of the reason that they did Frappuccino was people like me giving them that kind of feedback. So I’d like to think that I was partially responsible for that.”

Well, I can’t necessarily argue with that logic. But I mean, what he’s really saying here is that Coffee Bean is responsible for the Frapp and that Starbucks is just a pro at creatively ripping off and one-upping other companies. Nonetheless, I will send appreciative vibes in Kenny’s direction the next time I order a green tea Frapp, if not for blended beverages, than for kindly supplying humanity with so many babymaking saxophone jams. It’s a tough job, but someone had to do it!

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