Cafe Coffee Day History

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Café Coffee Day is a chain of coffee shops in India having its headquarters in Chikkamagaluru, Karnataka.[2] A division of Amalgamated Bean Coffee Trading Company Ltd. (ABCTCL), it is commonly known as Coffee Day or CCD. It opened its first cafe in 1996 on Brigade Road in Bangalore, and today has the largest cafe retail chain in India – with over 800 cafes in 112 cities.

Large number of coffee day cafes are located in Bangalore. The cafe chain has had much success riding, and to some extent creating, the cafe culture wave that swept across metropolitan India following strong economic growth resulting in an increase in youth spending power. It has even tied up with WorldSpace and Microsense to enable its cafes with satellite radio and Wi-Fi, respectively. Its first Wi-Fi cafe was opened on Lavelle Road, Bangalore.

Café Coffee Day sources coffee from 5000 acres of coffee estates, the second largest in Asia, that is owned by a sister concern and from 11,000 small growers. It is one of India’s leading coffee exporters, with clients across the USA, Middle East, Europe and Japan.

With its roots in Chikmagalur, the home to some of the best Indian coffees, Coffee Day has its business spanning the entire value chain of coffee consumption in India. Its different divisions include: Coffee Day Fresh 'n' Ground (which owns 450 coffee bean and powder retail outlets), Coffee Day Xpress (which owns 730 Coffee Day kiosks), Coffee Day Takeaway (which owns 9000 vending machines), Coffee Day Exports and Coffee Day Perfect (FMCG Packaged Coffee) division. It is entering the European market by opening two Cafés in Austria as well, making forays into Pakistan and Germany to set up cafes abroad. The strategy CCD has adapted is to place a cafe in every possible location where some business can be generated. So in Bangalore, in the main shopping district, there are six outlets in a 2 km radius and overall 120 cafes in Bangalore alone.

Another model which CCD has adapted is to...
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