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Day 1: coffee fans spill over

Piyushi and Rohit Pareek dated over coffee for a decade before tying the knot three years ago. On the opening day of the Starbucks store on Park Street, the couple were there to raise a toast to themselves.

By Debraj Mitra
  • Published 22.03.18
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It was a 15-20 minute wait on an average for coffee fans dropping in at the Starbucks store on Park Street on the opening evening. Inside (below) too, there was a long queue to place orders. Pictures by Bishwarup Dutta

Park Street: Piyushi and Rohit Pareek dated over coffee for a decade before tying the knot three years ago. On the opening day of the Starbucks store on Park Street, the couple were there to raise a toast to themselves.

Piyushi drove all the way from Rajarhat for the coffee date with her husband, whose office is in Dalhousie. "We simply could not have missed it. It was about time Calcutta had a Starbucks," Piyushi said in between sips of her Caffé Mocha.

When Metro visited the Park Street outlet of the American coffee chain on Wednesday evening, at least 25 people stood in a queue outside. The average waiting time to enter the store was 15-20 minutes.

Inside, the 1,500sqft store was packed and there was a serpentine queue for placing orders. It would take the last man in the queue at least 20 more minutes to reach the counter and ask for his cuppa.

Supriya Mohta, an Alipore resident, was waiting for her favourite Java Chip Frappuccino. "I love the richness of the coffee here," said Supriya, whose Starbucks experiences have mostly been at airports.

Arunabho Sengupta, a hotel management student at a Salt Lake institute, came for the "Starbucks feel".

The store can seat around 65 people, but many stood sipping their coffee and yet more bought their coffee on the go.

Java Chip Frappuccino, Caramel Macchiato, Flat White and Signature Hot Chocolate were the preferred drinks on Day 1. The munch menu hits were Chom Chom Tiramisu and Chocolate Ras Malai Mousse, desserts introduced as a tribute to Calcutta.

The merchandise section with its collection of signature sippers, tumblers and mugs also drew a sizeable crowd.

"We are humbled and delighted by the warm welcome we have received in Calcutta. We look forward to deepening coffee passion and elevating customer experiences in the city," said Sumitro Ghosh, the chief executive officer of TATA Starbucks.