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Founder(s)Kenneth Shoji

%Arabica, also known as % ΔRΔBICΔ, is a Japanese coffeehouse chain based in Discovery Bay, Hong Kong.[1][2][3][4][5]

Company history[edit]

The coffee brand was founded by Kenneth Shoji. After the Tōhoku earthquake destroyed his house in Fukushima Prefecture in 2011, he moved to Hong Kong. As soon as he decided to start a coffee business, he went to Hawaii and purchased a coffee farm. In 2013, Shoji opened the first %Arabica café in Hong Kong. In 2014, %Arabica opened its worldwide flagship store in the Kyoto’s historic Higashiyama district. The coffee brand is known for using its custom-made espresso machines, manufactured in Seattle, the machines allow baristas to have acceptable control while creating craft drinks.[6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14]
%Arabica was described as the "Japan's cult-favorite hit coffee shop" by Eater.[15]
As of 2021, the chain has over 94 locations worldwide in 17 countries including United Kingdom,[16][17] United States,[18] Indonesia,[19] Qatar, China, Bahrain, Malaysia,[20] Morocco, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Japan, France,[21] Singapore, Cambodia, Philippines, Thailand[22] and Oman. The 94 existing locations of %Arabica are all franchise operations, except for the three in Kyoto.[23]


  1. "京都最受歡迎的咖啡館 % ARABICA 的人氣秘密究竟在哪裡?". https://www.mydesy.com/%EF%BC%85-arabica. Retrieved July 24, 2021.
  2. "Kyoto’s Favorite Coffee Shop Opens First U.S. Location". https://www.afar.com/magazine/percent-arabica-opens-first-us-coffee-shop-in-brooklyn. Retrieved July 24, 2021.
  3. "%Arabica首进昆明 咖啡市场再填新意". http://news.winshang.com/html/068/1771.html. Retrieved July 24, 2021.
  4. "Roasted-on-the-spot coffee from Kyoto is going global". https://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2015/09/04/food/roasted-spot-coffee-kyoto-going-global/. Retrieved July 24, 2021.
  5. "Smash Hit Japanese Coffee Chain %Arabica Opens Its First U.S. Location In Brooklyn". https://www.forbes.com/sites/akikokatayama/2021/06/20/smash-hit-japanese-caf-brand-arabica-opened-its-first-us-location-in-brooklyn/?sh=321b2cdd616d. Retrieved July 24, 2021.
  6. "Has COVID-19 ended the third-wave coffee boom? % Arabica's founder shares insight on the future of the café space". https://www.frameweb.com/article/has-covid-19-ended-the-third-wave-coffee-boom-arabicas-founder-shares-insight-on-the-future-of-the-cafe-space. Retrieved July 24, 2021.
  7. "虹桥上新!全球机场首家%ARABICA与亚洲机场首家Venchi". http://www.caacnews.com.cn/1/5/202105/t20210529_1324797.html. Retrieved July 24, 2021.
  8. "Japan-Based % Arabica Opens First US Roastery and Coffee Shop in Brooklyn". https://dailycoffeenews.com/2021/07/16/japan-based-arabica-opens-first-us-roastery-and-coffee-shop-in-brooklyn/. Retrieved July 24, 2021.
  9. "京都人气咖啡馆% Arabica登陆狮城". https://www.zaobao.com.sg/zvideos/lifestyle/story20190628-967863. Retrieved July 24, 2021.
  10. "Aggressively Slick Japanese Coffee Brand Confirms East London Opening". https://london.eater.com/2019/1/22/18188035/arabica-kyoto-coffee-brand-london-coffee-shops-opening-broadway-market-covent-garden. Retrieved July 24, 2021.
  11. "%Arabica: If you haven’t bean, this cafe’s a strong addition". https://www.thenationalnews.com/lifestyle/arabica-if-you-haven-t-bean-this-cafe-s-a-strong-addition-1.727136. Retrieved July 24, 2021.
  12. "%Arabica: If you haven’t bean, this cafe’s a strong addition". https://www.thenationalnews.com/lifestyle/arabica-if-you-haven-t-bean-this-cafe-s-a-strong-addition-1.727136. Retrieved July 24, 2021.
  13. "藍瓶也不敢小看的咖啡!「% ARABICA」從京都紅回香港,網敲碗台北展店". https://www.bella.tw/articles/travel&foodies/19367. Retrieved July 24, 2021.
  14. "% Arabica-Asian minimalism, African coffee roastery, and Arabic meeting place". https://www.peterfisk.com/gamechanger/arabica/. Retrieved July 24, 2021.
  15. "Hit Japanese Coffee Chain %Arabica Plots Its First U.S. Outpost in NYC". https://ny.eater.com/2020/5/8/21251875/nyc-arabica-first-us-location-japan-coffee-shop. Retrieved July 24, 2021.
  16. "7 design-led London cafes to enjoy from the inside". https://thespaces.com/london-cafes/. Retrieved July 24, 2021.
  17. "Kyoto’s % Arabica to open first UK site in London". https://www.cateringtoday.co.uk/news/cafes-and-coffee-shops/kyotos-arabica-to-open-first-uk-site-in-london/. Retrieved July 24, 2021.
  18. "Famous Kyoto-Based Coffee Shop Debuts in This American City". https://www.eatthis.com/news-famous-kyoto-based-coffee-shop-brooklyn-debut/. Retrieved July 24, 2021.
  19. "For real this time: Kyoto coffee chain % Arabica to open 1st Indonesian store at Central Park Mall on Feb. 10". https://coconuts.co/jakarta/food-drink/for-real-this-time-kyoto-coffee-chain-arabica-to-open-1st-indonesian-store-at-central-park-mall-on-feb-10/. Retrieved July 24, 2021.
  20. "Coffee News In Malaysia: % Arabica, Happy Stan And Nespresso". https://my.asiatatler.com/dining/coffee-news-in-malaysia-regarding-arabica-happy-stan-and-nespresso. Retrieved July 24, 2021.
  21. "Off-White implante sa première boutique à Paris". https://fr.fashionnetwork.com/news/Off-white-implante-sa-premiere-boutique-a-paris,1316365.html. Retrieved July 24, 2021.
  22. "% Arabica Thailand flagship store set to launch in Bangkok". https://www.rli.uk.com/arabica-thailand-flagship-store-set-to-launch-in-bangkok/. Retrieved July 24, 2021.
  23. "20年星巴克老店大變身!CAFE!N旗艦店開幕「就像在日本」". https://fashion.ettoday.net/news/2024143. Retrieved July 24, 2021.

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