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Starbucks is opening its first roastery in NYC

Caramel macchiato fans, rejoice: Starbucks has a massive New York City roastery and tasting room in the works.

Four years after the Seattle coffee giant opened its first hometown roastery, Starbucks is making its way east to Manhattan's Meatpacking District, smartly setting up shop in a brand-new 20,000-square-foot space just a block south of the tourist-packed Chelsea Market. The project is in motion now and estimated to be completed by 2018.

Like its predecessor, this Big Apple roastery will be "coffee as theater," complete with roasters and baristas to educate customers on the process of sourcing, roasting and brewing rare coffees. However, with the surge of third-wave roasters, Grub Street speculates this may be the chain's effort to compete in that space.

Either way, it all goes to show that fancy coffee isn't going anywhere.