Sunday, 13 July 2014

Starbucks launch-Chennai

Starbucks opened its door to Chennai on 9th of July. The launch was celebrated with much fanfare on 8th July with invitation-only event. The private event saw the elite crowd of Chennai flocking to the world famous chain of café. The customers were greeted by management and a fantastically energetic and enthusiastic staff.
The first look of the place justifies the stature of the brand as the standard is at par with the other starbucks abroad. The ambiance is rustic like other starbucks in India. They have both outdoor and indoor seating.  Given the temperature of Chennai they could have taken a bigger place inside than outside.
The café was inaugurated at 5PM  by the first coffee master of India Vibhor,and then there was free flow of beverages and desserts.

We were a group of bloggers and sampled the entire menu. The first round of drinks had to be the Java chip Frappuccino with some sandwiches. The double meat was juicy and filling;  they have pita with hummus which was quite interesting for a café and tasted good.

Chicken salad was sumptuous. The other drinks we had were the cold coffee, green tea latte etc. The desserts offered were blubbery cheesecake, lemon cheesecake,banana loaf cake, red velvet etc.. Lemon cheesecake took the cake  away..

Starbucks has introduced a special coffee filter for filter coffee lovers of Chennai. An interesting and thoughtful customization of menu. The coffee master gave us a demo.

We all were given some Starbucks goodies as we left; it had the Starbucks mug, the Indian Starbucks  coffee etc..

I have been to this place twice after the launch and it was crowded. Once I went in the afternoon to collect my Starbucks card which I had won for their passion for coffee contest and had 200bucks which was quite a disappointment. .Anyways coming back to the point the place was packed on both the days, there is a market for Starbucks and from the looks of it, it is here to stay.. be it filter kapi or Starbucks coffee, people like coffee and there is a market for both..

Adding to the incentive of the taste, variety and crowd, this place offers you free Wi fi.

Starbucks,Phoenix Marketcity
142, Velachery Main Rd, Indira Gandhi Nagar
Velachery, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600042
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