Discovering, Appreciating & Loving Coffee in China

As an expat in China, I spent many years struggling to find great coffee. Most was over roasted and often the beans were of an inferior quality, making it difficult to do anything good with them. Luckily, through my time in Kunming, I happened across a few cafes that sold fantastic coffees. To my surprise, I later found out that they were all supplied by ManLao River. When the opportunity to work with ManLoa River emerged, I jumped at being a part of such a great operation. Producing and roasting coffee is a real art that requires strict quality control...

STiR: Coffee with Chinese Characteristics

There is a great article in this month's issue of STiR about the changing preferences of Chinese coffee consumers. Our own head roaster, Joy Chen, provided feedback for story and it was great to read what our friends in coffee around the country were also thinking. Like so many things in China, the coffee consumption preferences are developing at an astonishing rate. It is amazing to think back to just a few short years ago when it was almost impossible to get a good specialty coffee in a Chinese cafe. Now it seems that the standards that Chinese consumers require...

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