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Almost all of the international coffee giants consider China as one of the biggest markets for the revitalizing drink.
Seattle-based Starbucks operates more than 650 outlets across 51 Chinese cities and corners the lion's share in the market of specialty coffee shops, according to a Euromonitor research report in 2011. It plans to increase the number of them to 1,500 in the country's more than 70 cities and triple the number of employees to 30,000 by 2015.
Costa Coffee, from the United Kingdom, also has an ambitious plan in China. It intends to have 500 cafes in the country by 2016.