Barista Crème

Overall Rating: 6.700

Address: 33, 1st Floor, Khan Market
Cross Street(s): Subramaniam Bharti Marg
City, State ZIP: New Delhi, CA 110003
Neighborhood: Lodi
Phone: +91.11.41757969
Hours: Su-Sa 7am-11pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 6.80
Barista: 6
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La Cimbali
Coffee Rating: 6.60
Aroma: 7
Body: 6
Brightness: 8
Crema: 6
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Lavazza
Cup Manufacturer: Other Ceramic
Price: $1.65
Last Update: 05/10/2008
First Reviewed: 05/04/2008
Notes: Coffee Accessory Sales

It's been written that the Khan Market is the "costliest retail location in the country" (and 24th globally), but it honestly looks like a Sunnyvale strip mall in disrepair. But as with a lot of India, its big rupee rents are invested in nicer interiors and the area's inexpensive labor supply rather than exterior paint jobs. This café, like many other storefronts, affords a private security detail to keep out the riff raff. Barista Crème, unlike the "vanilla" Barista Coffee shops, represent Barista Coffee's luxury brand: single origin and estate coffees in a "premium lounge" format. This location in specific is also known as the "Khan Market Crème". They use two-group La Cimbali M22 Plus machines on two different floors (floors 1 & 2 of the building, or 2 & 3 in U.S. terms). A very thin layer of medium/light brown crema served in preheated Barista Coffee fine porcelain logo cups. It has an astringent smoky tobacco and deep herbal notes (as the French would call it: "tight"). So fancy, even 1 liter bottles of water are complimentary. But a mere Rs. 65 ($1.65).