Starbucks plans to set up its first coffee bean farm in the southwestern Yunnan Province.
Fan Hongyuan, deputy director of Yunnan Academy of Agricultural Science, said that 3,000 seedlings of the four kinds of Arabica coffee Starbucks introduced to the province are in good condition in his institution.
Yan Yalin, deputy mayor of Pu’er, said the Yunnan provincial government will invest RMB3 billion ($452 million) in coffee farming.
Global Times reports this is the Starbuck’s third coffee farmers’ support center, following centers in Costa Rica and Rwanda. Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province, can expect to see its first Starbucks outlet next year.