Kunming, July 24 (Xinhua) - After almost two and a half years of not seeing profits, Colin Flahive and its commercial partner, Kris Ariel, have seen their business recover. Mikail Tosun, another owner of a local business, was surprised by the enthusiasm of his customers only weeks after opening his Turkish coffee.

The alley of culture in Kunming, the capital of the southwest the province of Yunnan of China, is commonly known as the "foreign street" for its restaurants and exotic coffees that serve a variety of kitchens and thus attract many foreigners, tourists and nearby university students.

Flahive and Ariel came to China to travel and have been in China for more than 20 years. In 2004, fascinated by the mild temperature of Kunming, they moved their coffee, Salvador, called by the renowned artist, of the Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture of the province to Kunming.

Salvador is one of the oldest foreign property coffees in Kunming. With boutiques around it, coffee became a hot point inside the tourist area.

However, the COVID-19 outbreak interrupted the coffee business. "In 2020, our order number was probably 30 to 40 percent less than expected, and in 2021, it was 15 to 25 percent less," Flahive said.

Tosun found similar problems, and his Turkish restaurant, which has been in operation longer than his coffee, only had half the number of customers that before the epidemic. For this reason, Tosun and his business partners had to create a new plan to relive their business.

impressed by the diverse culture and the coffees cluster, Tosun decided to rent a store and began to make a traditional Turkish coffee in June of this year.

"The reaction of customers to our new coffee is surprising," said Liu Yuehan, one of the coffee waiters.

"Coffee has been profitable from day one," Tosun said.

Every time customers request Turkish coffee, Tosun will stop at the store and prepare finely terrestrial beans in a cezve using the pan full of sand, and its method Cooking special often attracts passers -by.

The business in the restaurant has also benefited from coffee popularity. Liu says there was a considerable increase in his salary at the Turkish restaurant.

"There is a great market opportunity in Kunming because few people knew about Turkish coffee before," Tosun said. "It is one of the oldest coffee cultures in the world and I want to introduce it to the Chinese people."

The Flahive and Ariel restaurant saw an increase in sales, seeing the profits grow for the first time in more than two months.

"We even saw more customers than the same period last year," said Tong Zhihong, a Salvador's Coffee employee.

With more customers, and business improvement, Flahive and Ariel have motivated themselves to improve their food service and quality.

"When we arrived at Yunnan, there were few western restaurants and coffees," Flahive recalled. "But now similar restaurants are Everywhere, which requires that we provide a better service for our customers."

Now, with three restaurants under the same name along the farm alley, Ariel also expects its employees to be better as the business grows.

"I just hope our staff also reaps the benefits and their quality of life improves because they are like the family," said Ariel.

"I'm glad I am in Yunnan, this province that has a long history of coffee C

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