Most average Joes enjoy the occasional cup of joe at Starbucks. But 42-year-old Winter, a computer programmer from Houston, Texas, is no average Joe: He loves Starbucks coffee so much that in 1997, he pledged to visit every single branch of the Seattle-born coffee giant on Earth.
Of course, the chain had a mere 1,500 branches back then; at last count, Starbucks had 20,891 branches in total, with the company boasting more than 5,500 coffeehouses in at least 50 countries. So far, Winter has managed to visit 11,676 Starbucks cafes, including 2,471 international stores in Chile, Australia, Kuwait, the Bahamas, Spain, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, and Switzerland, to name a few of the 36 countries where he's paid coffee homage. And at each stop, he has to drink at least one cup to qualify as a visit.