Sun Mengyu is sitting at a table under a green parasol sipping an iced coffee waiting for her friend to arrive. The sun is shining and the seating area outside Starbucks in Xintiandi, an upmarket area of central Shanghai, is full with mostly young, fashionable, designer clothes-clad Chinese.
Sun is part of a growing number of Chinese people starting to drink coffee regularly and helping to make the Chinese coffee market the fastest growing in the world. China may be historically a nation of tea drinkers, but over recent years coffee has been becoming increasingly popular, particularly among younger people in big cities like Shanghai and Beijing.
At just four cups per person per year, the average consumption of coffee in China is still very low in comparison to the US and Europe, but given the economies of scale this still makes it a massive market.