Luckin Coffee partners with famously unenthusiastic foreign pop idol, Lelush from Russia

new Russian idol in China

On May 10th, Luckin Coffee, a tech-forward domestic coffee chain, officially announced a new collaboration with one of the most talked about idols in China, Lelush (利路修). Luckin released a video entitled “Luckin YYDS” via their social media, where Lelush was seen with his Japanese competitors Hanyuda Amu (はにうだあむ) and Liu Yu (リュウユ) for Produce […]

Coffee Pls, the Chinese instant coffee brand that’s crazy for co-branding

Coffee Pls, founded in 2014, is a Chinese coffee brand that focuses on affordable, high quality instant coffee in portable packaging. With a brand concept of “boutique and portable”, its main target market is female between 22 and 30 years old. In 2015, Coffee Pls entered Tmall and opened a flagship store. In 2020, the […]

Has China’s coffee market already reached its full potential?

the coffee market in China

In a country culturally and historically attached to tea, the consumption of Coffee in China is a relatively recent phenomenon. Developing similarly to the Japanese coffee market, the Chinese coffee market only started to develop in the late 80’s and early 90’s with foreign imports. Notably, Nestlé entered the Chinese coffee market in 1989 and […]

Business turnaround in China: What is the future for Luckin Coffee?

On April 2, 2020, Luckin Coffee (Ruixin Kaffei瑞幸咖啡) confirmed that its sales numbers were inflated by a total of CNY 2.2 billion (USD 310 million) in 2019. This number represents approximately 45% of its projected final sales. Suspicions of fraud had already been hanging around for several months after the investment firm Muddy Waters released […]

The Coffee bean market in China: Where does China import beans from?

The coffee bean market in China

More than 50 countries produce coffee, and about one-third of the world’s people drink it. Currently coffee is becoming popular in the Chinese beverage market.  With the improvement of living standards and the growing awareness of coffee culture, coffee bean market in China is on the rise. The demand for premium coffee beans has increased in […]

Costa Coffee in China: Becoming omni-present in China’s coffee market

Costa Coffee in China

Although coffee got off to a late start in China, coffee shops are now scattered through tier-1 and tier-4 cities alike, and consumption is on the rise. One chain that captures the premium side of China’s coffee market is Costa Coffee. This case study of Costa Coffee in China shows how the British coffee shop […]

The Coffee shop market in China

coffee shop market in China

China’s coffee culture has been rapidly growing since 2000. Though China is far from being the largest coffee market, many believe that it will soon surpass many European countries and Japan. The size of the coffee shop market in China has doubled since 2013, which achieves an annual compound growth rate of 18%. According to […]

Podcast transcript #15: The challenging Chinese coffee industry

coffee consumption China

Find here the China paradigm episode 15. Learn more about Carol Liu’s story in China and find all the details and additional links below. Full transcript below: Matthieu David: Hello everyone and welcome in this new episode of China Paradigm, the China business podcast where we interview entrepreneurs in China. Today I am with Carol […]

[Podcast] China paradigm #15: How to successfully run a coffee shop chain in China

coffee in China podcast

In this episode of China paradigm, Matthieu David, CEO of Daxue Consulting, catches up with Carol Liu, who managed up to 5 coffee shops in China she co-created with her husband. Liu’s Coffee chain “Big Sur” is serving 500 coffee cups a day and emphasizes high quality, using top-notch coffee machines and bean-grinding machinery from […]

Coffee shop implantation in Shanghai

China is becoming a nation of coffee drinkers; Shanghai and Beijing are influencing the rest of China by shifting from drinking tea to coffee, in particular through coffee shops. Speciality beverage industry is growing at a very strong pace and sales are projected to grow at the rate of 40% per year for some categories. […]