The subculture of drinking coffee, in India, has gained tremendous momentum since the past few years. We have have been swept by this tide ourselves. India now boasts numerous coffee outlets, both local and international, that provide a rich coffee-drinking experience. Here are the top five, that you can try out this winter:
Café Coffee Day (CCD)
Founder – V. G. Siddhartha
Founded – 1996
Headquarters – Bengluru, Karnataka
CEO – Venu Madhav
Owned by Coffee Day Global Ltd., CCD is a chain of Indian cafés, located across more than 200 cities in India, and also Austria, Czech Republic, Malaysia, Egypt and Nepal. The first ever CCD was established in 1996 on Brigade Road in Bengaluru.
From hot coffees to cold coffees, refreshing teas to summer chillers, snacks and desserts, CCD has it all. Along with the slogan “a lot can happen over coffee”, CCD’s logo (which looks like a quotation mark) corroborates the chain as a perfect place to have conversations over coffee.
Interesting fact: CCD has started providing home deliveries in selected cities, through Zomato, Swiggy and FoodPanda.
Founders – Pratha Duttagupta (CEO), Ravi Deol (Managing Director), Brotin Banerjee (COO)
Founded – 2000
Headquarters – New Delhi
Founded in 2000, Barista is an Indian chain of espresso bars, located across countries like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and various Middle Eastern countries.
With the objective of providing consumers an authentic Italian coffee drinking experience in a hospitable environment, Barista’s menu includes espresso, cappuccino, latte, tea and various smoothies, cold coffees, iced teas, mojitos, lemonades and eatables.
Barista’s café interiors and even its plectrum-shaped logo predominantly portray colors like orange and brown which project a warm earthen glow, much like the characteristic of coffee itself. This creates an inviting experience and aligns with the company’s objective.
Interesting fact: All of Barista’s coffees are prepared using the espresso method, which is the best way to extract the true flavor and aroma of coffee beans. In fact, every time you order a cup of coffee, a fresh batch of Arabica coffee beans are ground and brewed and the drink is prepared.
Founders – Sérgio Costa & Bruno Costa
Founded – 1971
Headquarters – Dunstable, United Kingdom
CEO – Christopher Rogers
Costa Coffee is a multinational coffeehouse company based in the United Kingdom. It is the 2nd largest chain of cafés, worldwide, sliding just behind Starbucks.
Costa Coffee entered into India in 2005 and now has around 200 outlets in the country. Devyani International Limited, the franchisee for Costa Coffee in India also has franchisee rights for brands like KFC, Vaango and Pizza Hut. Costa’s menu includes coffees and tea (both hot and iced), lattes, fruit drinks, desserts and many quick bites.
Interesting fact: Costa was the first coffee shop in the world to deliver coffee to customers with the help of drones. This “Drone Drop” service was tested out in Dubai and the whole process (from order to delivery) was done under 15 minutes.
Founded – 2012
Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra
CEO – Sumi Gosh
After a failed entry into the Indian market in 2007, Starbucks finally entered India in 2012 through a joint venture between Tata Global Beverages and Starbucks Corporation. Its first outlet was opened in Mumbai, then in Delhi at Terminal 3 of IGI Airport and in Connaught Place and now it has around 100 outlets all over India.
From a huge variety of coffees to non-coffee drinks, each available in various sizes, Starbucks has a spectacular range of high quality beverages (there are 40 kinds of frappuccinos alone!). There is also a range of eatables to suit the Indian palate. Not only this, constant innovation in the menu, personalized drinking cups, customized drinks, comfortable seating arrangement, free wifi, sockets to charge your electronic devices etc. create an overall enriching experience for the customers.
Interesting fact: Starbuck’s grande sized coffee has 4 times the amount of caffeine present in Red Bull. Also, the trenta sized cup, which is the largest size offered, has more capacity (916 ml) than the average stomach of a human (900 ml). Hence it is not mentioned on the menu and is only available for specific cold beverages.
Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf
Founders – Herbert Hyman & Mona Hyman
Founded – 1963
Headquarters – Los Angeles, California
CEO – John Fuller
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is an American coffee chain owned by International Coffee & Tea, LLC and is located in around 32 countries.
Coffee Bean entered the Indian market in 2008 through Pan India Food Solutions , with its first outlet in Select CityWalk in Saket, New Delhi. Now its outlets don Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Hyderabad. Coffee Bean’s menu includes espresso, ice blended drinks, iced drinks, various types of teas, gourmet bites and sandwiches, baked goods and even breakfast options (like omelettes and museli).
Interesting fact: Coffee Bean created the first ever ice blended coffee drinks in 1987, even before Starbucks launched its Frappuccinos. Also, in 1991 Starbucks proposed to buy the company but the offer was turned down by Hyman.