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    International chain, Starbucks, opens its first  outlet in the city at buzzing Koramangala

    A LITTLE over a year after their foray into India, Starbucks Coffee, a 50-50 joint venture between the American chain and Tata Global Beverages Limited, opened their first outlet in the city to an overwhelming response. The flagship store, modeled on the architectural style and tradition of the Bengaluru bungalow, is a great escape for both coffee lovers and those looking for a quick bite. Embracing the lush landscape of the city, the elegant wooden interiors set against a dull green background are an effective blend of tradition and international appeal.

    On the cards
    After an epicurious scrutiny of the store, we were ready for a steaming cup of the iconic Starbucks coffee. The caramel macchiato, one of their signature brews, with its creamy vanilla syrup, foamy steamed milk, a hit of espresso and topped with a drizzle of caramel sauce ticked all the right boxes as did their impeccable, prompt service. The blends, sourced from around the world and from plantations in southern India are among the top five per cent of Arabica beans grown globally. Then, we decided to try some of the appealing treats on the menu.

    With options like chicken and spinach quiche, salmon and cheese-stuffed croissant, classic breakfast chicken sandwich, wild mushroom pocket and mushroom and sundried tomato ciabatta to choose from, we were spoilt for choice. We finally decided on the double meat club sandwich. With chunky bits of chilli lamb, smoked chicken sausages, a crisp fried egg, tomatoes, mayonnaise, mustard and cheese, this stunner was finished in no time. For dessert, although the blueberry delight cake and the chocolate truffle gateaux looked sinfully inviting, we went for the red velvet-orange cake. A moist red sponge infused with orange flavour, with a filling of mascarapone cheese and white chocolate shavings. It was gorgeous, to say the least.

    All in the brew
    The partners, as their baristas are called, are trained in the art of coffee making and are keen to ensure you have a great experience. “We train them not just to serve coffee but also to give customers a world-class experience,” says Avani Davda, CEO Tata Starbucks Limited. “Each new store reaches out to customers in India to deliver high quality Arabica coffee, handcrafted beverages made by passionate baristas and great food offerings,” she adds.
    Rs500 upwards. At 7th Block, opposite Raheja Arcade.

    —Rashmi Rajagopal

     

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