Coffee is not really a popular choice in Chinese social gatherings, though tea and all its types and preparations are a must in any occasion since immemorial times.
Covering the gap for coffee there is of course, Starbucks, but for an improved version there is a franchise called Paodora, the commercial brand from the Taiwanese company ‘Jack and Magic Pea Coffee Shop Group‘, but they label their coffeehouses as ‘City Action Coffee Shop’, and sometimes the cups go with ‘New Style Naissance’ or ‘Quality of life; character of people’ and phrases with this flourished-chinesy style, so sometimes it’s hard to tell which brand is what…
They specialize in tea and coffee in all the possible servings and preparations, and they have pastries and cakes, too, but most important, they are my favorite coffee shop ever for many reasons. Take into account I’m european and crazy about coffee. A good sign is they have automatic espresso machines in all their shops, which is rare in China, where soluble or drip coffee makers are the
disgustingly only choice.
The shops are usually crowded because the cool status among the youngsters, as the design, the products and general perception of the brand are something fad and exotic in the fast-growing chinese cities, eager for novelties. Good thing is there’s almost one in each district of my city, some of them selling only pastries.
Here some examples on what you can have in there:
All the cups are sealed on the top for your convenience, to prevent any spilling. And about the prices, you can have a great espresso for 8 RMB (1 EUR; 1,2 USD). And a HUGE cup of ice coffee with milk is just 11 RMB (1,3 EUR; 1,7 USD), and when I say huge, I mean like this:
And a carefully crafted mocca for 30 RMB (3,5 EUR; 4,6 USD), like this one:
Bottom line: all prices range from 8 to 40 RMB. And absolutely personalized to taste (cinnamon, chocolate, milk…).
Another great thing they have is the baristas. They are really good at making coffee and handling an espresso machine, and as an example of their work, see their amazing foam figures below… Again: true espresso.. in China! Not from a Starbucks! And cheap! Decorated!
If you stumble across one, don’t hesitate to order anything in there: you’ll love it. I never felt a yearning for the coffee back home!
There is anything like this where you live? What is your favourite coffee spot?