Starbucks Unveils an Elevated Coffee Retail Experience in Mumbai

The excitement to hear about an exclusive store being launched by Starbucks in India was same when i heard about them coming to India. Last week i got a chance to visit the this studio cafe and it was world-class experience.

Located in the heart of the popular Lokhandwala neighborhood in Andheri West, the store is the first in India to feature eye-catching brewing methods, including a state-of-the-art White Eagle espresso machine, Chemex® and Siphon. Designed to integrate coffee education with discovery, the brewing methods demonstrate how different methods can have a surprising effect on the flavors of the coffee in each cup.

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The Starbucks Coffee Forward store celebrates every aspect of the coffee journey – the bean, the grind, the brewing style, the coffee master, the pairings of beverage with food curated specially for the elevated coffee experience, and the design of the store.

At the store, the theater and artistry of coffee is on display from the golden glow of siphons at the coffee bar, to a curated range of coffee-inspired artwork. Each coffee also is hand-selected to perfectly complement Starbucks new food offerings in the store.

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Brewing Techniques (Chemex, Siphon and French Press)
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White Eagle espresso machine

THE SIPHON BREWING METHOD:

With its elegant glass chambers and stunning vacuum process, the Siphon is both a visual delight, and one of the finest ways to brew coffee. Virtually unchanged since the 1830’s, it requires considerable technique, making it a perfect showcase for Starbucks’  commitment to craft: the inspiring science of coffee in a theatrical brewer.

The Siphon brings the finest Starbucks coffees to life. It extracts the coffee’s full flavor potential for a cup as mesmerizing as the device that has made the brew.

The siphon brewing method uses a halogen light bulb as its heating source.  Water heats up to a boil in the lower chamber, when the top chamber is sealed. As the air heats and expands, the boiling water is forced upward. In the top chamber, the water then remains “just under the boil,” which is ideal for brewing. Coffee is then added to the siphon and allowed to bloom. Hot air in the lower chamber keeps the coffee trapped above, brewing gently.

After 90 seconds, the heat source is removed. Shrinking as it cools, the air in the lower chamber creates a vacuum, pulling the brewed coffee downward through the filter.

Coffee brewed from the siphon has a delicate tea-like flavor profile with a silky mouthfeel.

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Store Manager Karam working her magic with the Siphon

CHEMEX® COFFEEMAKER:

Unchanged since 1941, Chemex® is another example of a manual pour-over method.  Chemex® is an elegant one-piece hourglass shaped vessel, made of high quality, heat-resistant glass. What distinguishes the Chemex most is its special filters. They’re thicker than ordinary filters, removing more of the coffee oils and solids for exceptionally clean coffee. The Chemex comes in a variety of sizes to make 3 to 10 cups at a time. With a brew time typically between 4 and 5 minutes, Chemex® is great at balancing out the coffee – heavy coffees come through more cleanly, and bright coffees come through a little more balanced.

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Chemex Brewing Technique

The beverages at this store are exclusive and they have tuxedo frappuccino, triple layered chilled mocha, handcrafted espresso beverages and more. I tried out the new Cold brew which is my favourite and in trend with a bit of creme in it and i was in heaven. it really made me forget the summer.

Do share your pictures, reviews when you visit this store 🙂

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