Costa Coffee

Overall Rating: 6.450

Address: L8. Outer Circle, Connaught Place
Cross Street(s): Btwn Vivekanand Rd. & Radial Road 6
City, State ZIP: New Delhi, 110001
Neighborhood: Connaught Place
Phone: +91.11.41500864
Hours: Su-Sa 9am-11pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 6.50
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: CMA
Coffee Rating: 6.40
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 8
Crema: 6
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Costa Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Other Ceramic
Price: $0.75
Last Update: 05/06/2008
First Reviewed: 05/06/2008
Notes: None

In the outer ring of what the locals call "CP", this café in the vast UK chain's armada is reportedly the largest in South Asia. is reportedly the largest in South Asia. It's actually a bit impressive, particularly given that the chain has designs on adding 300 more Costa Coffee outlets in India over the next four years.Connaught Place marks the geographic focal point in the center of New Delhi, and despite the encroachment of newer markets and malls, it's still considered the heart of town. As a chain founded in 1971 and expanding rapidly, Costa Coffee seems to have far too many parallels with Starbucks: the mainstream chain store environment, a sense that Costa copies many of Starbucks? corporate moves, and there?s even cheesy adult rock (think Bryan Adams) playing overhead inside. At least they did not copy Starbucks? move to horrid superautomatic espresso machines. There are two floors to this large storefront of glass, dark wood, comfortable furnishings, and walls painted in bold colors. And despite their obvious mermaid envy, the quality controls and use of real machines here seems to be a real upgrade. They pull espresso shots with a three-group, Costa-branded CMA machine. The resulting shot has a thinner, medium brown crema, a thinner body, high acidity, and a sharpness to a mostly pungent, herbal flavor. Only Rs. 29.