Good morning, Monday! China continues to astound us with its enormous potential for growth. Even in coffee…or should I say especially coffee! With a rapidly expanding middle class – and corresponding upscale consumer habits and tastes – the coffee industry in China is growing at an astonishing 25% per year.
And considering that the average Chinese person drinks only 5 cups of coffee per year (!), there is enormous potential yet to come! China’s neighbour, South Korea, by comparision, has a 300-cup per year average.
It is estimated that there are 100,000 coffee shops in the country as of 2016. And this is also growing rapidly. StarBucks, especially, is investing heavily, trying to out-do with other international stars.
Want to live 12% longer? Drink Coffee!
This news is a pleasant change from the usual doomsday studies that pepper the media.
You may wonder where they get the ‘12%’ figure. Apparently it is all just science (and coffee!):
Canadian Zonal: the FQE president takes aim at me!
Probably not appreciating what I wrote about the playing conditions of the just completed Canadian Championship, FQE prez Bernard Labadie kindly wrote to me to clarify details that I wrote about in said article(s).
I quote (leaving out the mushy stuff):
Dear Kevin, cher ami,
As I read your July 1st blog entry, it hit me that the Irish man in you definitely has a unique way of celebrating Canada Day! Pardon me but as one of your oldest and dearest friend, the Basque in me feels obliged to use its «droit de réponse».
As President of the Fédération québécoise des échecs (FQE), I need to distance us from any allegation concerning the Chess Federation of Canada (CFC) and FIDE. The FQE policy towards the CFC is one of «non-ingérence, non-interférence».
We have a cordial relationship with the CFC therefore it is normal that we gave a hand by hosting the Canadian Closed Chess Championship (CCCC), even if it meant losing some money. With just some six weeks notice, I knew Richard Bérubé, FQE Director, would be up to the task.
Mid-June I had to go to Paris for personal affairs and also to visit l’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) with our common good friend Patrick Van Hoolandt, President of l’Association Internationale des Échecs Francophones (AIDEF). With us we had Mohamed Zouaoui, Tournament Director of the 5thRencontres Internationales Des Échecs Francophones (RIDEF) that will take place at Yasmine Hammamet, Tunisia, next October 27th. I am sure that you understand how this is a strategic priority for the FQE and I hope to see you there.
Once back in Montréal, I twice visited the CCCC site located in the iconic Olympic Stadium. Richard had everything organized on «La Terrasse», a superb space with skylight, but the Players representative, Victor Plotkin, selected two other rooms for air conditioning reasons, none of them in the basement.
I wish you would come back to Montréal some day; I would gladly give you a tour of the upgraded Stadium facilities. It would then be easier for you to understand why Players offered FQE their congratulations.
Them came up the extraordinary story of La Dame en noir (The Woman in Black). What a finish! And we have the video! Fist clinching of a black widow spider! Quite controversial indeed…
I shall stop here for fear of seeing you writing that it’s my entire fault…Thanks to FQE, people all over the world now know we do play some exciting chess in Québec!
Hoping to see you soon Kevin!
(Bernard and I go back a long way. We have been friends since the 1970’s.)