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Documentary captures man's quest for caffeine

By CHUCK BROWN, Associated Press
Published August 14, 2005

OMAHA, Neb. - Lawyer Bill Tangeman has a mission: following the caffeine-powered quest of a man to visit every Starbucks in the world.

Tangeman, a journalist before going into law, is making a documentary about a computer programmer who goes by the name Winter and set out in 1997 to get a caffeinated drink at every corporate-owned Starbucks store on the planet.

On his Web site, Winter, who was born Rafael Antonio Lozano, said that as of Monday, he had visited 4,775 Starbucks in North America and 213 in other parts of world. There are 5,715 corporate-owned Starbucks, according to the Seattle-based company.

Winter said his trek has been satisfactory on many levels, not the least of which is that it has allowed him to be on a nearly constant road trip for eight years.

"Every time I reach a Starbucks I feel like I've accomplished something," he said, "when actually I have accomplished nothing."

Tangeman, 32, has since spent several days on the road with Winter, gathering about 40 hours of film for the movie, which will be called Starbucking.

Winter, 33, said he is baffled by the attention his quest has attracted and said that he was "tickled pink that anybody would want to make a movie about my project."

Tangeman, a deputy county attorney, uses vacation time and long weekends to meet Winter at various spots around the country. The two will meet this month in Reno, Nev., where Winter will begin another leg of his tour to Northern California.

On one trip, Tangeman and Winter gave a presentation, including a screening of a Starbucking trailer, at the University of California-Santa Barbara. It was on this Southern California tour that Winter set a personal single-day record by visiting 29 Starbucks.

Tangeman wants to complete Starbucking by the end of the year so he can submit it to the Sundance Film Festival.

Winter, who lives in Silver Spring, Md., said he and Tangeman will split whatever profits the movie may make.


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