In pics: Inside India's first Starbucks in Mumbai

India | | October 19, 2012, 6:26 pm
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Starbucks inaugurated its first store in India on Friday in a historic building in southern Mumbai as the Seattle-based coffee giant seeks growth in a market long associated with tea drinkers.

Starbucks inaugurated its first store in India on Friday in a historic building in southern Mumbai as the Seattle-based coffee giant seeks growth in a market long associated with tea drinkers.

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The company, in a joint venture with Tata Global Beverages, plans to open two additional stores in Mumbai next week %u2014 on Wednesday in the Taj Mahal Palace hotel and on Thursday in the Oberoi hotel across town %u2014 before launching in New Delhi early next year.

The company, in a joint venture with Tata Global Beverages, plans to open two additional stores in Mumbai next week %u2014 on Wednesday in the Taj Mahal Palace hotel and on Thursday in the Oberoi hotel across town %u2014 before launching in New Delhi early next year.

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The 42 menu items reflect local as well as Western tastes, featuring items such as Elaichi Mawa croissants %u2014 made with cardamom and milk solids %u2014 and tandoori paneer rolls.

The 42 menu items reflect local as well as Western tastes, featuring items such as Elaichi Mawa croissants %u2014 made with cardamom and milk solids %u2014 and tandoori paneer rolls.

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The flagship, which can accommodate 120 people, is a cool, soaring space, with hand-carved wooden screens, thick tables of solid Indian teak, painted vintage trunks and old leather-bound books.

The flagship, which can accommodate 120 people, is a cool, soaring space, with hand-carved wooden screens, thick tables of solid Indian teak, painted vintage trunks and old leather-bound books.

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The flagship, which can accommodate 120 people, is a cool, soaring space, with hand-carved wooden screens, thick tables of solid Indian teak, painted vintage trunks and old leather-bound books.

The flagship, which can accommodate 120 people, is a cool, soaring space, with hand-carved wooden screens, thick tables of solid Indian teak, painted vintage trunks and old leather-bound books.

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Starbucks, a global coffee chain, is hugely popular with coffee lovers all over the world.

Starbucks, a global coffee chain, is hugely popular with coffee lovers all over the world.

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In this Jan. 30, 2012 file photo, John Culver, president of Starbucks China and Asia Pacific, attends a press conference in Mumbai, India.

In this Jan. 30, 2012 file photo, John Culver, president of Starbucks China and Asia Pacific, attends a press conference in Mumbai, India.