Baristas CEO Barry Henthorn Chosen "The Most Innovative Public Company Leader to Watch in 2015" Included in Forbes Magazine's Current Issue

SEATTLE, March 10, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Baristas Coffee Company, Inc. (OTCQB:BCCI), via GlobeNewswire, a Nasdaq Company, announced that its CEO Barry Henthorn has been chosen as "The Most Innovative Public Company Leader to Watch in 2015" in the Corporate Innovators To Watch in 2015 presentation shown in the current issue of Forbes Magazine. The magazine is available both on newsstands and online to subscribers as of today.

The section highlights a few of Mr. Henthorn's past accomplishments such as his creation of the VOPT voice protocol which paved the way for the elimination of expensive long distance worldwide. It also outlines his contributions as the architect of grid based distribution of video via the internet which allowed full DVD quality streaming online. Mr. Henthorn was also the creator of the "Free Cellular Phone" which transformed the cellular industry and how consumers obtain mobile devices throughout the United States and beyond. The "Corporate Innovators to Watch" presentation also speaks of Barry Henthorn's recent endeavor Baristas, "Seattle's World Famous Costume Coffee" of which he created along with strong business partners at Baristas Coffee Company, Inc. The section notes that Baristas has recently completed a registration with the SEC and has been uplisted to the OTCQB trading under the symbol (OTCQB:BCCI). It also makes note that Baristas has also made formal application to the Nasdaq Capital Markets.

The section touches on Baristas new expansion strategy franchising the brand not only as a viable drive-thru business but in malls as well. In addition it mentions that Baristas is the subject of the reality TV show "Grounded in Seattle" which profiles the lives of the Baristas in and out of the coffee stands. The section concludes by stating "Barry's history of creating new technologies and marketing strategies, coupled with the success of Baristas and its recent exposure makes Barry Henthorn our most Innovative Public Company leader to watch."

Barry Henthorn CEO stated: "I grew up reading and respecting Forbes Magazine which has always been well known for its list and rankings, including the richest Americans (the Forbes 400) and rankings of the world's top companies (the Forbes Global 2000). The response to Baristas being featured in Forbes Magazine last year was tremendous and opened up numerous opportunities for Baristas. I am very pleased that the 'Corporate Innovators To Watch' inclusion in this issue of Forbes Magazine named me and Baristas in their 2015 watch list."

About Baristas Coffee Company (BCCI): Headquartered in the Seattle, Washington area, Baristas Coffee Company, Inc. was formed to create a national brand of drive-thru espresso stands. BCCI is accomplishing this by acquiring established businesses that fit its model, opening new locations, and by franchising. Baristas has also now begun opening locations in shopping malls.

Baristas has separated itself from the competition with its "theme" of joining attractive female baristas in entertaining costumes preparing the finest beverages available on the market. Baristas is also the subject of "Baristas Grounded in Seattle" a reality TV show that premiered Oct. 11 2014 on WEtv (and can be viewed for a short time at that takes an unprecedented and brutally honest look into the lives behind the scenes of girls from a variety of backgrounds who work in the Baristas stands. Baristas can currently be found in seven greater Seattle area locations as well as in Florida, and Montana. Your state, Coming Soon!

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CONTACT: For Investor Relations Contact: Barry Henthorn (206)579-0222Source:Baristas Coffee Company, Inc.