Korean cafes go upscale
Coffee chains in Korea are scaling up to meet increasingly demanding consumers.
Setting the trend is Starbucks which recently launched a gourmet brand called Starbucks Reserve, selling coffees at 3000 won ($2.80), higher than at a regular Starbucks.
The coffee giant has opened five Starbucks Reserves in the country, joining the 800 other outlets worldwide.
Also embracing the trend is local cafe Tom n Toms which launched an upscale cafe called The Calypso in southern Seoul.
Starbucks Reserve global brand manager Chris Gimbl is confident the premium brand will build a strong customer base in Korea like other nations such as the US and Japan, where high-end consumers want their coffees to be brewed slowly and with great care.