Jennifer Liu, rich inheritor, serial entrepreneur and prime barista behind The Espresso Teachers Picture: Forbes
The Espresso Wars have heated up once more with the frothy assault on the Sai Kung market of The Espresso Teachers. That is chain claims to be the most important in Hong Kong by consumption. The founder is Jennifer FW Liu, Cornell-educated architect and granddaughter of Liu Po Shan, founding father of the Chong Hing Financial institution and Liu Chong Hing property empire.
The brand new retailer is on the essential city finish of See Cheung St and its wall artwork and glowing lights might be seen from Yi Chun St. It’s going to now battle for Sai Kung market share with Little Cove Espresso Store, a homegrown agency that will get all of it proper, and Cosy Espresso on Po Tung Street, so well-designed it’s like a cultured library or membership. Struggling for consideration on See Cheung Rd are also the Black Smith and Tea Break Cafe.
The brand new Espresso Teachers outlet at 55 See Cheung Road, Sai Kung
Jennifer Liu, comfortably backed by household wealth, launched herself as an entrepreneur by organising a property platform PP.com invested in by PCCW Ventures and later acquired by a NASDAQ property firm. Ms Liu additionally established HABITU, a model well-known in Hong Kong, RoasteryLab, Tea Teachers specialising in vegan and uncooked meals in addition to 14 South Lane. Her umbrella firm is named The Teachers Group.
Espresso Teachers, now percolating at See Cheung St, has an over-wrought web site worthy of Personal Eye’s Pseuds Nook: “Designed to be a sensory playground for speciality espresso, our individually curated areas are woven into the dwelling material of every native neighborhood”. The Teachers Group describes itself as a “world way of life model”. It’s not all hype: the corporate now has shops in 9 Asian and Mideast nations.
Nor ought to Jennifer Liu be dismissed as a wealthy inheritor. She’s a philanthropist who has based JWF Basis supporting underprivileged girls and youngsters and is a committee member of Enterprise for Social Good in addition to a number of different charitable teams.