The January / February 2012 issue of Roast Magazine includes a feature Specialty Coffee’s New Frontier article about the emerging coffee markets of China, the Middle East, India and Russia titled, “The New Frontier.”
This handy introduction to regions shaping the future of specialty coffee includes quotes from our friends Kim Thompson of Raw Coffee in Dubai, arguably the U.A.E.’s (if not the whole Middle East’s) best coffee roaster, Nishant Gurjer of Kaapi Royale Coffee in India and an editorial about the state of coffee in Russia written by none other than me. I give this article my full (unbiased) recommendation as a must read for anyone considering doing business in these exciting new markets for consumption of specialty coffee.
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Just got back from three weeks in South India (Karnataka, to be precise). Funny, because I just flew out of BLR a couple days before you apparently did. We should have hooked up!
While a good article, what sort of perplexed me is how it sort of steamrolled over the long-standing coffee culture and coffee history in South India. It’s as if the article focused on only modern retail establishments as the only measure of a public coffee culture, which is more than a bit near-sighted. Especially given how much I found locals who were truly into their coffee — even if wasn’t by the single-origin mantra and standards of purity embraced in the Western world.
I’ll organize my thoughts about this in my own blog sometime, but thanks for the link/story. And wish I had known you were out there.