In the world of espresso, India may be known for its Monsooned Malabar and premium robusta beans — both of which are excellent components of an espresso blend (and these beans often make it into the roasts I make at home). But with globalization and the resulting growth in India’s middle class, India has developed into a prime, modern example of a coffee producing nation that is rapidly transforming into a coffee consuming one.

Although India is still primarily known for its tea, its exploding commerce districts have brought an infiltration of coffee houses and new coffee addicts. Unfortunately, these great changes have also brought elements of social anxiety and unintended consequences. A much-publicized example is the recent police crackdown on a few major coffee houses in Mumbai, which are rumored to be prime meeting places to solicit prostitutes: DNA – Mumbai – A prostitute can sip coffee at a café: Top lawyer – Daily News & Analysis.

In another article, the same publication, which defines Mumbai as having an inherent coffee culture, goes for the man-in-the-street opinion on the issue: Do we need filter for coffee?