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Funny Coffee Business in China

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Hello again from Aim2D real time, 24/7 #ChinaBusinessMarketing, Tech and Social Media News Portal of Bic Brands based in sunny Shunyi. Tuesdays we look at business, marketing, tech or social news in and around China. Friday is image gallery where we examine a place, topic or subject giving you greater insight, background to life in China, and of course, your Chinese consumer.

As dedicated white tea drinkers, the word coffee rarely passes our lips? Except for today.

Ok, being honest, Ms Yu is a seasoned black coffee drinker, several cups a day in fact. The rest of her team also enjoy a regular coffee. The Bic alone prefers his cup of Cha – green or white varietal.

Digressing for a moment, sort of, there is an old, old joke re a man ( could be a woman – we aren’t sexist at Aim2D) who wanders into a shop and asks for a pound of smoked beef sausages.

Probably 2 kilo’s today, (or 4 jin) but I did say it was an old joke~ Anyway, the sales clerk looks up surprised and says: “This is the Post Office -we sell stamps. The butcher’s store is across the road.”

Hmm, seemed a lot funnier a few decades ago. But anyway, moving along. Today, a woman walks into her China Post Office and ask for a cup of coffee. The sales person looks surprised and says: “Yes Ma’am, is that espresso, latte, cappuccino flat white or mocha? Large or small?

Which leads us very nicely to our Friday image gallery, learn more about China mocha post here; China Post Now Delivering Mochas as Well as Mail.

They also sell bottle openers and keychains. Stamps and envelopes? We’re not sure, probably ask at the butchers store, across the road~

No, no, don’t laugh. That’s not a joke. You see start of this year China Post trialled coffee as part of its business. A few weeks back, China Post opened its first, err Post Coffee Cafe in Beijing. There is no mention if they will also be serving cakes, or maybe biscuits shaped as postage stamps. Now that takes some licking! However, we don’t see Holilands being too worried.

Maybe Starbucks, Costa and that infamous China coffee chain, Luckin Coffee might be casting a nervous glance over their shoulders though.

While we are on the subject of coffee, this headline also caught our eye last week. Starbucks’ revenue in China plunges amid Covid curbs.

According to Caixin Global (premium) at the end of July 2022, the US chain dropped 40% in quarterly, YOY revenue. It’s bean a tough year~ Sales have taken a roasting, perhaps things will perk up next year? Hmm, enough of the punny cliches huh.

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2 responses to “Funny Coffee Business in China”

  1. Enjoyable to read rekindling memories from the past when individual retail businesses would only sell what they had done traditionally for many decades, even centuries. Nowadays, these businesses have diversified into selling anything that sells. Post Offices may, in the future, sell smoked sausage, and the Butcher may sell Stamps.
    As always, your posts offer something different and thought-provoking. Thank you

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    1. Thanks Steve, you’re very welcome.
      Let’s just hope psychologists don’t end up selling fish and chips.
      Speaking of which, it is decades since I had a good piece of battered cod.
      Used to be a good cheap meal, well, maybe a tad oily.
      Probably not cheap now either as since Brexit, the French own half the fish in the “English” Channel.
      TheBic

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