Why is a cup of coffee in China so expensive? Corruption.

Coffee may be a status symbol, but that’s not the only reason it’s conspicuously expensive in China. A long-time East Asian business pro takes a closer look at the different kinds of corruption (“gifts” for officials to just do their jobs, and bribes for illegal favours) that plague businesses in China and result in higher prices for consumers: Corruption and the Price of Coffee in China.