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Coffee shops booming in China

Once there was just Starbucks. Now, fuelled by a rising middle class, local coffee outlets are springing up in the Chinese city to chase caffeine's big bucks.

SHANGHAI • Every afternoon, Ms Jessica Jiang, an office worker in Shanghai, orders a coffee from home-grown start-up Luckin Coffee. The 32-year-old drinks up to three cups of Americano - espresso diluted with hot water - a day, a habit she picked up 10 years ago when she first started working.

The marketing manager at a cosmetic firm said: "Young people nowadays don't drink tea. I find making tea very troublesome and I don't really know how to buy tea."


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 15, 2018, with the headline 'Shanghai's java jive '. Print Edition | Subscribe