Owing to the increased popularity of the already established functional beverage – coffee in India & with an aim to serve specialty coffee thereby making the beverage more accessible & affordable Abhinav Kumar along with Dipraj Das quit their respective corporate life & founded Craft Coffee in Kolkata-West Bengal.
As a specialty coffee brand, they commenced operations with a pilot specialty coffee kiosk at Park Street Kolkata in March 2021. Continuous learning and improvisations lead to the launch of an experience centre to showcase the entire coffee bean to cup journey to the coffee enthusiast community. Each of these experience centres spans an area of 5000-7000 sq feet each along with 20-35 kiosks basis the catchment radius of coverage. Along with the same, the brand aims to build a parallel presence in online & institutional sales through the launch of the Coffee Box subscription programme whereby being professional coffee roasters the brand will be customising and curating roast profiles based on their guest’s palette.
While we have always been so concerned about the quality of our coffee, it always seemed strange & intriguing to Kumar as to why we are not as exacting about our choice of food. Hence areas like coffee & food pairing have tremendous scope & hence the work on handcrafted artisanal cheese, chocolates & bottled brews started at the experience centre with the subsequent launch of the in-house bakery & bottling unit. Having hand-crafted the brews in-house, Kumar and Das believe in tailoring select foods that pair ideally with their exquisite range of specialty coffee emanating various flavours suiting the palette of the young millennial and Gen-Z.
Being well-received in West Bengal, Craft Coffee eyes to cover the entire geographical base in Kolkata through a hub-and-spoke model in the next 6 months. With a devised plan to furthermore launch 10-12 coffee kiosks within West Bengal, and a deep belief in tech-backed operations, the brand trusts in being a service facilitator to ensure scalability and increased penetration through precision products and app-based ordering following own-delivery platform, loyalty programmes, and self-service artisanal coffee kiosks which will, in turn, help the brand to grip national presence in 2022-23.