Paying more than HKD30 (USD4) for a cup of coffee would once have been unthinkable, but many Hongkongers now dip into their pockets on a daily basis to get their caffeine fix.
So popular has a regular latte or cappuccino become that there are now more than 120 Starbucks outlets across Hong Kong, with other coffee chains expanding fast.
But do these so-called designer coffees offer value for money, or is it worth considering lattes at cheaper outlets, such as 7-Eleven?
To view the full article (note: you must be an scmp.com subscriber), visit scmp.com. (From seven days after publication, this article will appear in Archive Search.)