Coffee is not a popular choice China though tea and all its types and preparations are a must on any occasion since immemorial times.
Covering the coffee void in China 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‘, which labels their coffeehouses as ‘City Action Coffee Shop’, and sometimes the cups go with ‘New Style Naissance’ or ‘Quality of life; character of people’ and other quotes with this flourished Chinese 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 favourite coffee shop in China for many reasons. Take into account that I’m one of those Europeans 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.
Their shops are usually crowded because a cool status among the youngsters, as the design, products and general perception of the brand are something 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 of what you can have in there:
All the cups are hot-sealed to prevent any spilling. 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 for 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 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 something: you’ll love it.
There is anything like this where you live? What is your favourite coffee spot?