Starbucks opened its largest cafe in the world in Shanghai on Wednesday as the U. S.-based beverage giant bets big on the burgeoning coffee culture of a country traditionally known for tea-drinking. The opening of the sprawling, two-storey outlet in a busy central shopping district was thronged
Starbucks opened its largest cafe in the world in Shanghai on Wednesday as the U. S.-based beverage giant bets big on the burgeoning coffee culture of a country traditionally known for tea-drinking.
The opening of the sprawling, two-storey outlet in a busy central shopping district was thronged by hundreds of customers, some waiting more than an hour in long lines stretching outside for a block in scenes reminiscent of a hyped-up new iPhone release.
The cafe spans 2,700 square meters (30,000 square feet) — nearly half the area of a soccer field — and is the company’s second Starbucks Reserve Roastery, a larger type of store featuring premium coffees, teas, and coffee-infused beer along with a personalised barista service.
The first roastery outlet opened in Starbucks’ hometown of Seattle in 2014.

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