Tag Archive 'india_coffee'

The Seattle Times: As India gains strength, so does its coffee

Posted by TheShot on 28 Jan 2013 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew, Robusta, Starbucks

We’ve written about coffee in India before, but this Sunday’s piece in The Seattle Times is one of the best-researched, most thought-out pieces we’ve seen on the subject in the mainstream Western media: As India gains strength, so does its coffee | Special reports pages | The Seattle Times. At least on the growing side […]

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 […]

KQED Forum gives some radio love to Bay Area coffee

Posted by TheShot on 10 Jan 2012 | Filed under: Add Milk, Barista, Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Fair Trade, Foreign Brew, Home Brew, Local Brew, Machine, Quality Issues

Yesterday morning, KQED radio aired an hour-long Forum segment featuring a small round-table of SF coffee “luminaries”: SF’s Coffee Innovators: Forum | KQED Public Media for Northern CA. The panel included James Freeman, of Blue Bottle Coffee, Eileen Hassi, of Ritual Coffee Roasters, and an unusually quiet Jeremy Tooker, of Four Barrel Coffee. Much like […]

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 […]

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 […]

Coffee workers in India paid 32% more than tea workers

Posted by TheShot on 06 Jun 2007 | Filed under: Fair Trade

In a previous article, I made the curious observation that coffee has become a lightning rod for social and environmental angst in a way that is disproportionate with just about any other export. (As if nobody buys children’s toys or clothing from Wal-Mart.) As a point of comparison, I noted that while we obsess over […]

Mumbai: Does coffee house enlightenment bring prostitution?

Posted by TheShot on 31 May 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew

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 […]