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China's budding coffee culture propels Starbucks, attracts rivals


By Adam Jourdan and Lisa BaertleinSHANGHAI/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - In Wu Qiong's small cafe in downtown Shanghai, coffee beans nestle in glass jars on the bar while various brews bubble away behind the counter.The cafe - one of thousands of trendy, artisan coffee shops in the city - reflects a growing cafe culture in China that's driving growth for chains like Starbucks Corp and attracting more competition."There are many more choices for consumers in the coffee market here now," said Wu, 35, who set up the store with her boyfriend this year, the couple's second outlet. "People can choose ...

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First Published: Tue, December 05 2017. 19:11 IST