Tag - cafes



A Starbucks coffee shop in Beijing on May 22
May 27, 2024
In China, Starbucks tries to avoid price war but gets dragged into discounting
A coffee price war in China has arisen amid persistent deflation, weak consumer sentiment, and stagnant wages.
Laxman Narasimhan has been CEO of Starbucks for just over a year.
BUSINESS / Companies
May 2, 2024
Sales slump and shares dive at Starbucks as inflation cuts thirst for treats
The global chain expressed confidence in its forecast as recently as November, saying that demand for iced shaken espressos was resilient.
A Starbucks logo adorns a store in Los Angeles in 2015.
BUSINESS / Companies
May 1, 2024
Starbucks posts first sales drop since 2020 amid global pullback
Consumers growing more hesitant to spend money has given Starbucks "perhaps the worst set of results of any large company so far," an analyst said.
Starbucks workers hold a rally in New York City in 2022.
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 29, 2024
Starbucks' pivot on union may shape labor relations beyond its stores
The iconic coffee chain has been locked in a bitter, high-profile and multifront battle with the union across the U.S. since its first win in 2021.
Participants take part in a 'senior cafeteria' event at a nursing home in Tokyo's Meguro Ward on Dec. 14.
JAPAN / Society
Jan 21, 2024
‘Senior cafeterias’ gaining steam to support elderly
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government launched a subsidy program this fiscal year for municipalities promoting local dining events.
A Luckin Coffee store in Beijing on Dec. 8
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 2, 2024
China's new thirst for coffee spurs cutthroat cafe competition
Analysts expect China's growing thirst for coffee to be a key driver of future demand for the beans as coffee shops expand.
Starbucks' stock has fallen for the past two weeks amid concern about "still-slow China data” and sales trends, according to one analyst.
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 5, 2023
Starbucks heads for record losing streak as sales concerns mount
An 11-day stock slump has erased 10% of the coffee giant's market value, or nearly $12 billion.
Hidenori Izaki, one-time winner of the World Barista Championship, brings coffee to new heights at Cokuun.
LIFE / Food & Drink
Nov 26, 2023
Tasting the 'Zen of coffee' at speakeasy-esque Cokuun
Drawing inspiration from fine dining and tea ceremony, Hidenori Izaki brews coffee with exceptional hospitality and speakeasy-style mystique.
Blue Bottle Studio Kyoto's tasting sessions combine excellent coffees, curated music and a technical display of barista-ship.
LIFE / Food & Drink
Nov 26, 2023
Blue Bottle Kyoto gives coffee the 'kaiseki' treatment
The menu unfolds with each course crafted to present a different facet of coffee culture.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Longform
Apr 24, 2023
Showa seduction: The unending attraction of retro Japan
Yet another generation is smitten with mid-20th century Showa Era style, designs and products. Is there more to it than nostalgia?
Japan Times
Mar 28, 2023
How do so many endangered creatures end up in Japan’s animal cafes?
Critically endangered species and ones banned from international trade are among the hundreds of types birds, reptiles and mammals that researchers identified at 142 animal cafes.
Japan Times
Mar 16, 2023
Memories, melancholy and all that jazz
Jazz enthusiasts James Catchpole and Philip Arneill set out to capture a time capsule of Japan's fading haunts with 'Tokyo Jazz Joints,' a photobook featuring 120 cafes and bars.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Feb 19, 2023
Kiwi cafe culture goes down smooth at Iki’s coffeehouses
In the unassuming Kiyosumi Shirakawa neighborhood, two coffeeshops pride themselves on recreating the experience of a morning out at an Auckland or Christchurch cafe.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Jan 28, 2023
Why Kyoto's 8-bit music artists call this humble cafe 'home'
It may look like any other retro arcade bar, but Cafe La Siesta means so much more to the artists who got their starts there.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Jan 21, 2023
Half-farming, half-anything: Japan’s rural lifestyle revolution
Leaving Japan's suffocating metropolises behind is as simple as a passion, a modest profit and plot of land.
Japan Times
Sep 26, 2022
Ojizo Coffee is brewing up a plan to give back to the community
One couple sees ethical cafe culture as being a part of the rehabilitation of those who are afflicted by societal ills.
Japan Times
Mar 20, 2022
Parklet’s bread and breakfasts bring a taste of California to Nihonbashi
Parklet is a bakery and cafe with a West Coast vibe. Standouts on the menu include its fruit bread and several creative spreads for your morning slice.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 19, 2021
Man arrested after 32-hour hostage standoff at Saitama internet cafe
A female staffer in her 20s was freed with no visible injuries when police stormed a room after the 40-year-old hostage-taker had fallen asleep.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jun 12, 2021
Shozo Street is ‘sacred ground’ for cafe lovers
The town of Kuroiso might seem an unlikely candidate for one of Japan's top coffee destinations. But Shozo Kikuchi has kicked off 30 years of community revitalization, one cafe at a time.
Japan Times
Jan 16, 2021
Stories that cater to the soul, the intellect and the stomach
Examining the challenges facing Soka Gakkai, a new teen comic book hero and coffee franchises nationwide amid the pandemic.


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