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Japan — land of exotic coffee beans

TOKYO — One day, a young Seiichi Yoshitama learned of a Brazilian immigrant who had brought coffee seedlings to Amami-Oshima, an island in the East China Sea near Okinawa. Yoshitama became intoxicated with the possibilities. Could this tropical shrub worshipped the world over for the invigorating effects of its seeds flourish in the subtropical climate of Japan’s southern isles?

Yoshitama was determined to find out. He visited the Brazilian immigrant who was more than happy to part with 100 seedlings of his agricultural swag in return for samples of Japanese agriculture — two bottles of shochu.

Those seedlings would be

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Death of the coffee king: power and money in corporate India

BANGALORE — In early 2019, around six months before his body was retrieved from the Netravati River in the south Indian state of Karnataka, V.G. Siddhartha met with representatives of Blackstone Group, one of the world’s leading investment companies.

Siddhartha was one of the state’s most successful and influential men: the founder of Cafe Coffee Day, India’s answer to Starbucks. He owned 1,700 stores nationwide and 4,500 hectares of coffee plantations. He had stakes in startups, eco-resorts, banana plantations and commercial property.

The jewel of his real estate portfolio was the huge Global Village Tech Park, a 240,000-sq.-meter technology hub

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Death of the coffee king: power, money and influence in corporate India

BANGALORE — In early 2019, around six months before his body was retrieved from the Netravati River in the south Indian state of Karnataka, V.G. Siddhartha met with representatives of Blackstone Group, one of the world’s leading investment companies.

Siddhartha was one of the state’s most successful and influential men: the founder of Cafe Coffee Day, India’s answer to Starbucks. He owned 1,700 stores nationwide and 4,500 hectares of coffee plantations. He had stakes in startups, eco-resorts, banana plantations and commercial property.

The jewel of his real estate portfolio was the huge Global Village Tech Park, a 240,000-sq.-meter technology hub

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The death of the coffee king

BANGALORE — In early 2019, around six months before his body was retrieved from the Netravati River in the south Indian state of Karnataka, V.G. Siddhartha met with representatives of Blackstone Group, one of the world’s leading investment companies.

Siddhartha was one of the state’s most successful and influential men: the founder of Cafe Coffee Day, India’s answer to Starbucks. He owned 1,700 stores nationwide and 4,500 hectares of coffee plantations. He had stakes in startups, eco-resorts, banana plantations and commercial property.

The jewel of his real estate portfolio was the huge Global Village Tech Park, a 240,000-sq.-meter technology hub

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