Earlier this year, we wrote about the growing consumer appetite for coffee in China. Today’s The Vancouver Sun published an article on coffee grown in China for domestic use and international export: Coffee catches on in a nation of tea drinkers.

In particular, there’s a growing interest in quality arabica beans from Yunnan province in the south. When grown and processed properly, Chinese coffees reportedly have “a light to medium body and acidity, similar to a wet-processed South American coffee.” But most coffee consumption in China today is like that in the UK several years ago: primarily instant coffee with little consumer interest in nor spending on fresh bean stocks.