02/19/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Starbucks Brews First Coffee Using Chinese Beans

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - U.S. coffee chain Starbucks, keen to boost business in China, is brewing ahead of the Lunar New Year a limited-edition blend that includes, for the first time, Chinese beans.

The "South of the Clouds" blend, named after the Mandarin meaning of the semi-tropical, southwestern Yunnan Province, was unveiled in Singapore on Monday, a week after its Greater China debut, said Starbucks' Beijing spokeswoman Caren Li.

The coffee blends arabica beans from Latin America, Asia Pacific and the western Baoshan region of Yunnan, the main coffee-growing province in China, the ancient homeland of tea.

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