The practice of drinking tea has a long history in China, having originated there during the Tang Dynasty. But in 2017, the practice of drinking coffee could be adding a new chapter to its history in China.

For those living in Shanghai, last week’s WeChat Moments were filled with Shanghai locals posting pictures and selfies in the new Starbucks Reserve Roastery, which opened its doors on December 6th. It’s world’s biggest Starbucks, but other than that, it offers many things and features that you aren’t able to taste, see or experience in an ordinary Starbucks in other Chinese cities.

Stereotypically, tech entrepreneurs love and appreciate good coffee. We even evaluated Shanghai-based co-working spaces based on their coffee environments. There are many things we’d like to talk about in terms of this branch’s new menu–wine, craft beers, chocolates, bakery products (pastry, pizza), freshly roasted coffee and so many items that go over RMB 50 or even RMB 150–not to mention the entire coffee roasting process, coffee library and coffee brewing process. But we’ll focus solely on how techie was Starbucks in Shanghai, the city burgeoning with New Retail sites and a top destination for VR arcades. 

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Eva Yoo

Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at evayoo@technode.com