In 1975 Starbuck's first restaurant coffee was named Jake’s Blend, then 80/20 Blend, and finally 2001 Verona. This is a coffee of one true love and three names.
Seattle entrepreneur Mick McHugh (and a business partner) decided to open up a restaurant in the lower-Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle called “Jake O’Shaughnessy’s.” Mick knew he wanted an excellent local coffee so he went to the original founders of Starbucks, Jerry Baldwin and Gordon Bowker to had to persuade them to do a custom blend for his new restaurant which became the main ingredient for Jake’s Irish Coffee.
Soon customers started asking for the unique coffee in Starbucks stores. It was a blend of 80% Yukon Blend and 20% Italian Roast. Starbucks sold enough of the coffee that they began pre-blending and labeling the coffee, calling it 80/20 Blend. Starbucks added it to the whole bean menu board as “80/20” Blend. If a customer asked for Jake’s Blend, they got 80/20 Blend but labeled as Jake’s, otherwise, they got a bag stamped 80/20 Blend!
“Classic Irish Coffee. Jake’s starts with 86 [proof] Irish Whiskey from the Republic of Ireland. This is blended with Jake’s deep roasted coffee, from the Starbucks Coffee Company, pure cane sugar, and topped with a thin head of whipped heavy cream. Jake O’Shaughnessy’s sells more of its brand of Irish Whiskey than any other drinking establishment in America. $1.00.”