Frappuccinos and Free WiFi Hit Mumbai with India's First Starbucks
There are so many things to see and do in India, but now there’s one more tourist destination to add to your itinerary. The first Starbucks has opened up in the country, and now they’re ready to pump out overpriced lattes and coffee milkshakes to the masses—of course we mean that it the nicest possible way.
The caffeine invasion begins in Mumbai, as that’s coffee shop number one. There’s an ambitious expansion plan already in place, as Starbucks along with their local partner look to open a couple more places before the end of the year. Initially the plan was to eventually have more than 3,000 locations around the country, and we’re thinking that it’s doable once the locals get a taste of their very first pumpkin spice latte or peppermint mocha. Since those first projections back in January the company has kind of stepped back a little bit, but the New Delhi location is still set to do its thing early next year.
Starbucks is promising beans that are grown and roasted right in India, and it sounds like they’re even planning to have prices that are more affordable than the immediate competition. Of course they will bring a little local flavor into their pastry and snack case as well, as it sounds like cardamom flavored croissants and chicken tikka panini will be on the menu. We’ll have to wait and see how things pan out for the coffee empire, but with free WiFi we kind of don’t see how things can’t at least get off the ground with a strong start.
[Photo: Dimitri N.]