Tag Archive 'india_cafes'

Trip Report: Caffè Pascucci, Indiranagar (Bangalore, India)

Posted by TheShot on 10 Dec 2012 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew

The original Caffè Pascucci in India was something of an anomaly: it was a truly cosmopolitan location in the thick of Bangalore that also served things like pasta and wine. (Something even the San Francisco edition does not do.) Unfortunately, it didn’t last very long. But for whatever reasons, it quickly spawned three other Caffè […]

Coffee in South India

Posted by TheShot on 03 Feb 2012 | Filed under: Add Milk, Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Home Brew, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee

If you were to read it in the current Roast magazine article (from the Jan-Feb 2012 issue), India is a coffee consumer desert. This week TIME magazine wrote about the entrance of Starbucks in the Indian market almost as if to dismiss any prior coffee consumption there. But after spending three weeks in South India’s […]

Coffee in India

Posted by TheShot on 27 May 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Foreign Brew, Robusta

One definition of “overly ambitious” is attempting to write an article about the relationship between coffee and a pluralistic nation of over 1.1 billion people. Compounding this is the nature of India itself — where not only can you find evidence of just about everything, but for everything you find to be true you will […]

Trip Report: Café Coffee Day @ Indira Gandhi Int’l Airport (New Delhi, India)

Posted by TheShot on 25 May 2008 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

Who doesn’t love a great cup of airport espresso? We sure do — but in extra measure because such a thing simply does not exist. Sure, things have improved since the era of $4 cups of rancid airport coffee, unburdened by quality concerns. But airport coffee today is still characterized by inflated prices, poor quality […]

Trip Report: Costa Coffee @ Connaught Place (New Delhi, India)

Posted by TheShot on 23 May 2008 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew, Starbucks

Located in the Outer Ring (‘L’ block, more precisely) of what the locals call “CP”, this café in the vast UK chain’s armada is reportedly the largest in South Asia. It’s actually a bit impressive, particularly given that the chain has designs on adding 300 more Costa Coffee outlets in India over the next four […]

Trip Report: Barista Crème @ Khan Market (New Delhi, India)

Posted by TheShot on 18 May 2008 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew

Yesterday we returned from our recent travels in Northern India. Whereas many Asian cities such as Beijing, Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore, etc., have culturally enlightened us in the past, none of them have enamored us the way Delhi has. Unfortunately, our infatuation with India has nothing to do with the local coffee, but more on […]

All in the Lavazza Family

Posted by TheShot on 21 Apr 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew, Roasting

Yesterday’s Independent (London) interviewed Giuseppe Lavazza, the “crown prince of the world’s biggest independent coffee company” — a.k.a. Lavazza: The family that grew rich on the other black stuff – Business Analysis & Features, Business – The Independent. The coffee story from Lavazza is that, at least in Italy, espresso is not a commodity but […]

Tea-drinking India warms to coffee house culture

Posted by TheShot on 17 Jul 2007 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Starbucks

Today’s Globe and Mail (Canada) surveyed the rise of coffee consumption among India’s growing middle class: reportonbusiness.com: Tea-drinking India warms to coffee house culture. We mentioned this trend a year ago, and today apparently one coffee company — Café Coffee Day — owns two-thirds of India’s coffee houses. This is a luxury that Starbucks doesn’t […]

Rival coffee cultures in Cairo

Posted by TheShot on 27 Jun 2007 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew, Starbucks

Starbucks Coffee has received a lot of press lately for its flagging stock price, with articles citing how it has oversaturated American markets (to the stereotypical point where there are three Starbucks within 750 ft. of each other in a Colorado strip mall). So it’s no wonder why they have looked overseas for growth — […]

San Carlos: Coffee shop ban idea back on the burner

Posted by TheShot on 07 Aug 2006 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Starbucks

Today the San Mateo Daily Journal noted that San Carlos is cooling off on a proposal to scale back the number of coffee shops in their downtown: Coffee shop ban idea back on the burner – San Mateo Daily Journal. Of course, the measure was proposed in response to news of a second planned Starbucks […]

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