Times: Starbucks brews following in India where tea is supreme

Times: Starbucks brews following in India where tea is supreme

Credit: ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Avani Saglani Davda is CEO of a joint venture between Starbucks and Tata, an Indian conglomerate that owns coffee and tea plantations, steel, chemical and hotel companies as well as Jaguar and Land Rover. The historic Gateway of India monument is the background.

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by MELISSA ALLISON / The Seattle Times

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Posted on January 27, 2013 at 3:32 PM

For a country known for its love of tea, India certainly has given Starbucks coffee a warm reception.

In the days after its first store opened in October in a chic area of Mumbai, lines stretched so long that security guards were forced to implement a one-in, one-out policy.

Two months later, the lines outside the flagship store were gone, but not the enthusiasm.

Srishti Sinha made an hourlong trek to Starbucks one December evening, bouncing with excitement all the way on the back of her boyfriend's scooter. Sinha checked out the menu online and chose their dinners: murg (chicken) tikka panini, lemon jazz cheesecake, a cappuccino and a Frappuccino. They even bought two Starbucks tumblers.

Read the full story in The Seattle Times.

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