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News Summary: Starbucks opens first Indian store

TO TEA OR NOT TO TEA? Starbucks opened its first store in India Friday in Mumbai as the Seattle-based coffee giant seeks growth in a market long associated with tea drinkers.

COFFEE SHRINE: The flagship can accommodate 120 people IN a cool, soaring space, with hand-carved wooden screens, thick tables of solid Indian teak, painted vintage trunks and old leather-bound books. The menu includes Elaichi Mawa croissants and tandoori paneer rolls.

LOCAL GUIDE: Starbucks' partner in India is the salt-to-SUVs Tata conglomerate. The venture will open more stores in Mumbai this year and expand to New Delhi next year.

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