From bean to cup, we look at all aspects of the global coffee industry, taking in crops, stocks, cafes and more.

  • Kissaten, or old-world speciality cafes in Japan, are experiencing something of a renaissance in Tokyo and show a unique side to the city’s coffee culture
  • The cafes were a source of inspiration for Tokyo resident Vaughan Allison, who opened his own in 2020 and shares his five top Tokyo coffee shops here

In operation since 2001, Cafe Corridor in Causeway Bay will close on January 31, leaving a legacy as one of the earliest - and most welcoming - speciality coffee bars in Hong Kong.

Clean, a vegan-friendly cafe and laundromat, opened in 2021, and a second, self-service outlet recently opened in Tsim Sha Tsui, the only place in Hong Kong where you can buy hot drinks with oat milk on tap.

The first products will be available on Freshippo’s app and more than 300 bricks-and-mortar stores across 27 Chinese cities starting December.


Local coffee chains have been looking to source beans from producers using sustainable farming practices to reduce the environmental impact of one of the world’s favourite beverages and to mitigate the effects of climate change.


There are plenty of coffee shops in Hong Kong to choose from, but which ones are truly serious about their roasted beans? We sample seven in Sham Shui Po that come highly recommended by coffee connoisseurs.

In late May, Starbucks said it would exit Russia after nearly 15 years. The Seattle-based company had 130 stores in Russia with nearly 2,000 employees in the country.


Famous for its tea, Pu’er in Yunnan has become China’s coffee capital, not only supplying roasters such as Nestlé and Starbucks but producing high-quality speciality beans.

Melrose Coffee brings a touch of California cool to Soho with its rostis, pancakes and Honduran coffee, while Bianco & Rosso’s Luca Andrei and chef Ban Jee Min aim to take you on a European odyssey

Have a cup of coffee. Take a 20- to 30-minute nap. Wake up feeling rested and refreshed as the caffeine starts to kick in. Experts weigh in on the merits of this growing trend.

US coffee chain Starbucks has been thrust into the social media spotlight again in China after one of its outlets was found to be stocking expired coffee powder. The company has faced a series of scandals over the past year.


The past two years have seen a marked rise in the coffee shop/bar hybrid in Hong Kong. We take a look at the creatives blending the two together in their drink offerings.

Every place has its favourite drink, whether it’s coffee, tea, beer, wine, or something more obscure. Here is an A to Z rundown of countries and their national drinks.

Russell Kong of Urban Mushroom produces three types of oyster mushroom most suitable for Hong Kong’s climate using coffee grounds and cardboard as substrate in which to grow them.

Hong Kong-listed Chinese sportswear brand Li Ning wants to improve customers’ shopping experience by selling coffee at its mainland stores, and has applied to register the “Ning Coffee” trademark.

Luckin’s comeback is a remarkable turnaround for a company built on speed, going from its first kiosk to a Nasdaq listing, and its subsequent expulsion in less than three years.

Indonesia’s coordinating minister of maritime and investment affairs Luhut Pandjaitan offered Musk the candy during a meeting about Indonesia’s efforts to develop electric vehicle batteries along with other investments.

Russia and Ukraine account for 30 per cent of global wheat, but the war disrupted sales, allowing India, the world’s second-largest producer to fill the void.

Coffee is good for your heart, even if you have cardiovascular disease, and drinking two or three cups a day lowers the risk of heart problems and death, three recent studies show.