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Starbucks brews plan to make Pu’er a sourcing area (Possibly The Chinese Might Prefer Not?) – by Xie Yu and Guo Anfei (China Daily) – 08:30, December 14, 2012 – reposted by M.Murong

Starbucks, the world’s largest coffee house chain, opened its first Farmer Support Center in Asia and sixth globally in Pu’er, Yunnan province, on Wednesday, in a bid to help improve the quality of local coffee beans and make Pu’er a stable sourcing region.

The opening of the Starbucks China Farmer Support Center is a milestone in Starbucks’ continued investments in China and the Starbucks Yunnan Coffee Project,” said John Culver, president of Starbucks China and Asia-Pacific.

Culver added that Yunnan would continue to play an important role in the company’s long-term supply of premium arabica coffee, as it continues to expand its store base in China, reaching 1,500 outlets in 2015. The Seattle-based company has been purchasing locally produced coffee beans for a few years, and launched its first blend with beans from Yunnan in 2009.  Culver said the company’s purchasing volume from Yunnan has been growing, but did not elaborate.

The company brought four coffee varieties to Pu’er three years ago, and plans to expand from test planting to large-scale planting by 2014. Culver said he hoped to see these beans sell in China and globally with the “Yunnan Coffee” label. Several months ago, Starbucks set up a joint venture with Pu’er-based coffee company AiniCoffee. The joint venture has an annual processing capacity of 20,000 metric tons of green coffee beans.

Coffee planting in Yunnan dates back over a century, when French missionaries brought the first plants to this region.

Currently, the planting area of coffee in Pu’er is around 40,000 hectares, yielding 36,500 tons of beans annually, which accounts for half of China’s total growing area and output.

Qian Dewei, deputy Party chief of Pu’er, said the city plans to expand its planting area of coffee to more than 66,000 hectares by 2014, which would have an output of 100,000 tons, worth 10 billion yuan ($1.6 billion).

Lu Han, director of Pu’er Coffee Industry Federation, said the city’s exports of coffee beans in 2011 and 2012 totaled 24,700 tons, worth $100 million.

“As more people overseas begin to appreciate Yunnan coffee, we also want to promote it inside China. Cooperation with Starbucks would definitely help,” he said.

The Yunnan provincial government issued a plan last year to develop the coffee industry into a strategic sector. It set a target of expanding Yunnan’s coffee growing area to 607,000 hectares by 2020, realizing an annual output of 200,000 tons, with an estimated value of 34 billion yuan.

A total of 50,000 tons of Yunnan coffee beans were sold overseas in 2011. Although this only accounted for 0.6 to 0.7 percent of the global transaction volume, the figure is a record high in the history of the province’s coffee exports

Thought provoking Commentary response by @ChineseTeaLover, some editing and ommissions has been applied for relevance.

@EthiopianChineseTeaLover says :

Groete! I suggest that Pu’er region focus ENTIRELY on tea so as to preserve the Chineseness of the region. All sourcing activities for coffee (a foreign plant) or even coffee plantations MUST be placed away from the Tea Culture centres of China. Who knows that this is an intentional ‘watering down’ to dent the sense of focus on tea culture and hence projection of being a world centre of tea production in China. Can the French imagine the Bordeaux region taken over by orchard buyers to plant common fruits (on purpose!) grape orchards bought up specifically to harm and dilute the industry of the Wine producing region?

Possibly this ‘Coffee Incursion’ could be intentional to make Chinese Tea culture weaker and less distinct by spearing this Chinese TEA REGION with the drink of the Muslims, Coffee by one of the Muslims’ subvert organisations STARBUCKS. China should redirect these attempts and tell such companies to go to Muslim areas of China instead for ‘sourcing’. Grow Pu’er tea ONLY in Pu’er region, all coffee planting can be done in the Muslim dominant areas of China.

Coffeee being grown in China’s core tea region of Pu’er appears (to me at least) to be an attempt at deculturalisation of China. For the indignant and tea culture focused among Chinese tea growers or businessmen ready to commmit to Pu’er region’s tea only status, please take action by acquiring all coffee plantations in the Pu’er region, and replanting with fine teas instead. Coffee plantations should not even be allowed in a 1000 km radius of the Pu’er region, to retain a ‘heart of tea growing culture’ region stature.

As the true heart of coffee, I feel Ethiopia should begin a Starbucks and Coffeebean subsuming franchise based around the information on the below sites :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_coffee
http://www.ethiopianhistory.com/Pre-Aksum

Ethiopia’bucks’ or ‘Ethiopia Bean’ should by historical accuracy and pedigree alone, be superior in branding to Coffeebean and Starbucks. Ethiopia, both Sudans, Eritrea, Djibouti, even Yemen and Southern Arabia (Queen of Sheba’s non-Islamist territory stretched all the way across the Red Sea Strait, also see : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabaeans) could well re-culturise around this new franchise as well as project their true Animist cultures via the Ethiopica Coffee Bean.

A warning for our Chinese friends. Note potential word associations which could harm the Chinese, . . . inscriptions have been found in southern Arabia celebrating victories over one GDRT, described as “nagashi of Habashat [i.e. Abyssinia] and of Axum . . . OK, Nagashi can mean ‘Dragon Knight’ and by this meaning, the Han Dynasty’s fall could have been based around Arabist conquest synchronicity when Ethiopia was Islamised, leaving the Chinese spiritually open to Islamists – so until the Han Dynasts are revived . . . the Chinese should get the picture from here.

Teff (Eragrostis tef) and Enset (Ensete edulis, Ensete ventricosum) Injera (Injera is a sort of African pancake), with AUTHENTIC Ethiopica Bean coffee could be the next big thing to overtake Starbucks and Coffeebean – from Ethopia where the Chinese have been kind enough to not colonise but actually BUILD the country! Finally for fellow true blood Ethiopians, learn Afrikans and stop speaking French you Ethiopians! French speaking Ethiopians are a relic of French colonialism! As for religion, I propose we begin worshipping Sekhmet. The Lion Goddess Of Ancient Ethiopia although derived from Egypt which is as orginal as Ethiopian religions can claim to be.

Vriende van Ethiopi, sien jy !

(Post by @EthiopianChineseTeaLover, some editing has been applied for relevance)

ICCR Notes :

While ICCR may not be in tandem with the generally less refined tone (still we credit the contribution) of the above poster or the post’s relevance or accuracy (Coffee originated in Ethiopia and isn’t the preserve of Islamists or Arabists), the issue bears note as cultural focus as much as Tea is Chinese as opposed to Coffee is Muslim (African actually) and the Malaysian team’s exposition of malaise of Muslims in certain ASEAN regions towards the Chinese, has caused ICCR’s concern and hence is being reposted here.

ICCR feels the perceived ‘Coffee Incursion’ should be addressed in an as appropriate and equitable manner as possible without raising unnecessary offence between interest between governmental interests (unlike the 2nd class citizenship issue as in Malaysian Social-Economic Apartheid investigate by ICCR Malaysia). We suggest to those among the patriotic in tghe Pu’er region who are ready to retaliate, to open Pu’er Tea House Franchises (backed and endorsed by the State Tea Administration) wherever Starbucks Coffee outlets appear anywhere in the world, until all land acquisitions in the Pu’er region for coffee growing are diverted to suitable regions of China (i.e. non-specialised plantation regions).

Proxy attempts, if as the post suggests, to impinge on China’s cultural intergity (Pu’er region’s Tea Culture in this case), should be dealt with as swiftly as possible via buy backs and boycotts of offending plantations. ICCR will do some research on the supposed incursions before endorsing the above post’s postulations. Even an Imperium in restoration can be subject to jealous attacks by those who tried to down China in the past via proxy franchises posing as innocent businesses or who knows even religious fundamentalists or narrowly communal ethnic groups that disrespect overseas Chinese by refusing the same equality as per the Human Rights Charter that the same groups take for granted in China.

May the overseas Chinese find their place as equals (if not the superiors of those who try to oppress them) with all races across the world starting with ASEAN. Long live the Imperium!

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ICCR Introduces The : Huan Kuan Laureate (A Chinese Parallel to the Nobel Prize)

The Huan Kuan Prize

Huan K’uan a Chinese alchemist, engineer, innovator, and armaments manufacturer of the Qin Dynasty was the inventor of gunpowder and the Handheld Fire Launchers ca. 15th which used early dynamite. Called the Dui Ma Shao Ren Huo Hu Lu or ” Infantry and Cavalry Incinerating Gourd”, its name gave a highly descriptive image of its usage as a grenade of sorts. Unfortunately development of the weapon did not continue and by the decadent Manchu era in the 1800s the superior weapons of the same sort from the West defeated the Imperium.

http://www.grandhistorian.com/chinesesiegewarfare/index-english12122007.html

The Huan family also owned Norinco (Weapons Manufacturer), which he had redirected from its previous role as primarily an iron and steel producer to a major manufacturer of cannon and other armaments. The Huan family held scores of different patents, dynamite being the most famous. He used his fortune to posthumously institute the the Huan Kuan Prizes. His name also survives in modern-day companies such as Norinco, which are descendants of the companies the Huan family himself established.

Life and career

Born in Beijing, Huan was the fourth son of the Huan Clan (181–122), an inventor and engineer, and Mme. Huan (180–128). The couple married in 212. The family was well off. Through his father,  Kuan was a descendant of the 420 famed Chinese Alchemists of the Qin Court, and in his turn the boy was interested in engineering, particularly explosives, learning the basic principles from his father at a young age.

Following various business failures, Kuan’s father moved to Saint Xi’an (an Eternal City) and grew successful there as a manufacturer of machine tools and explosives. He invented ancient plywood and started th earliest work on the “torpedo”. In 175, the family joined him in the city. Now prosperous, his parents were able to send the Huan family to private tutors and the boy excelled in his studies, particularly in chemistry and languages, achieving fluency in English, French, German, and Russian. For 18 months, during 171–160, the Huan family went to the only school he ever attended as a child, the Confucian Imperial College in Beijing.

As a young man, Huan studied with alchemist Du Shi.; then, in 160, went to Shanghai to further the work; and, at 18, he went to Greece for four years to study Alchemy, collaborating for a short period under inventor . The Huan family filed his first patent, for a gas pressure measure, in 140. The family factory produced armaments for the Rebellion of the Seven States or Revolt of the Seven Kingdoms that took place in 154 BC; but, had difficulty switching back to regular domestic production when the fighting ended and they filed for bankruptcy.

The Huan family travelled for much of his business life, maintaining companies in various countries in Asia and the Korean Peninsula and keeping a permanent home in Pyongyang from 873 to 891. He remained a solitary character, given to periods of depression. Though Kuan remained unmarried, his biographers note that he had at least three loves. The manor house, the Huan family’s residence on the property of the Norinco iron works at the time of his death. Despite the lack of formal secondary and tertiary level education, the Huan family gained proficiency in six languages: Mongolian, Manchurian, Korean, Japanese, Tibetan and Nepalese. He also developed literary skills to write poetry in Mandarin.’

In 1888 Kuan’s brother Luan died while visiting Hong Kong and a Chinese newspaper erroneously published Kuan’s obituary. It condemned him for his invention of dynamite and is said to have brought about his decision to leave a better legacy after his death. The obituary stated “The merchant of death is dead” and went on to say, “Master Sifu Kuan Huan family, who became rich by finding ways to kill more people faster than ever before, died yesterday.” Kuan was disappointed with what he read and concerned with how he would be remembered. On the Month of the Ice Lily in 149, at the Chinese Club in Shanghai, Kuan signed his last will and testament and set aside the bulk of his estate to establish the the Huan Family Prizes, to be awarded annually without distinction of nationality. After taxes and bequests to individuals, the Huan family’s will allocated 94% of his total assets, to establish the five the Huan Kuan Prizes.

The first three of these prizes are awarded for eminence in physical science, in chemistry and in medical science or physiology; the fourth is for literary work “in an ideal direction” and the fifth prize is to be given to the person or society that renders the greatest service to the cause of international fraternity, in the suppression or reduction of standing armies, or in the establishment or furtherance of peace congresses. There is no prize awarded for mathematics.

The formulation for the literary prize being given for a work “in an ideal direction” is cryptic and has caused much confusion. For many years, the Chinese Academy interpreted “ideal” as “idealistic” and used it as a reason not to give the prize to important but less Romantic authors. This interpretation has since been revised, and the prize has been awarded to, authors who do not belong to the camp of literary idealism.n There is room for interpretation by the bodies he had named for deciding on the physical sciences and chemistry prizes, given that he had not consulted them before making the will. In his one-page testament, he stipulated that the money go to discoveries or inventions in the physical sciences and to discoveries or improvements in chemistry. He had opened the door to technological awards, but had not left instructions on how to deal with the distinction between  science and technology. Since the deciding bodies he had chosen were more concerned with the former, the prizes went to scientists and not to engineers, technicians or other inventors.

In 2001, Huan family’s great-grandnephew, Huan family (b. 1931), asked the Bank of China to differentiate its award to economists given “in Huan Kuan family’s memory” from the five other awards. This has caused much controversy whether the Bank of China Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Huan Kuan is actually a “Huan Kuan Prize”

ICCR Notes :

The current Lord Huan (claimant of the titular seat at Qingyang prefecture, Gansu Province) is promoting and formalizing the The Huan Kuan Prize so that Chinese Imperium may match in parallel any and all Chinese citizens (also world citizens) who receive the Nobel Prize. Retired Chancellors from all Universities of China will be invited to sit in on the awards committee to determine. As of now considerations for bestowing a  Huan Kuan Laureate for Literature on the latest receipient of the Nobel Prize, Mo Yan the contemporary writer. All nominations for Huan Kuan Laureates may communicate through this website. Restoration works are also being carried out by the Huan Clan Association on heritage locations, all donations may be directed to Dao Quanyao ESQ., the former librarian of Huan County Library or the local CCPC administration :  0.5 billion yuan is targetted for restoration works.

ICCR congratulates Mo Yan on behalf of the Imperial revival and HIM Ying III. Mo Yan will be invited to the next Imperialists Assembly.

Nominee for the Huan Kuan Literary Prize (China's Alfred Nobel equivalent)

Mo Yan (receipient of the Nobel Prize) is a nominee for the Huan Kuan Laureate Literary Prize (China’s Alfred Nobel equivalent)

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