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From Tea to Coffee: China’s Growing Coffee Empire in 2018

By CHRISTINE QUACH

In a country that’s been traditionally steeped in tea for thousands of years, the growing demand for coffee in China has led to its first coffee expo ever, which will draw hundreds of coffee fanatics from all over the world. The 1st Pu’er International Specialty Coffee Forum Expo will gather about 300 international and Chinese coffee professionals, according to the organizers.

Coffee roasters, importers, exporters, café owners, and more will enjoy an informative forum in late January 2018 in Pu’er City, located in the Yunnan Province. In the following week, participants will be able to tour farms and other attractions in the local coffee-growing region.

The Yunnan Province produces more than 90% of the country’s coffee. In past years, the world has recognized the Yunnan Province as a potentially usable source for Arabica beans. This is great news, considering the high demand and shortage of Arabica beans as of late. Like the big growers in Columbia and Ethiopia, China is slowly building a name and reputation for coffee.

Once boasting chain shops like Starbucks and Costa, the large country now has hundreds of specialty coffee shops to serve the massive population’s growing demand.

With such a rapidly growing industry, this expo will bring international attention to a new coffee empire on the rise. Events include cuppings and networking opportunities for producers and buyers. All presentations will be translated simultaneously in Mandarin and English. 2018 will be the year that China fully dives into the international coffee business and it’s definitely an exciting time.

Early bird tickets can be purchased online at $325USD through November 30. Regular tickets clock in at $400USD. RSVPs can be made here.

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