An evening to remember!!!


It was an ordinary day at the shop!!! I went to the shop by 4 PM to work on some new beverages we were planning to introduce!!!

Already rumours have started to spread about CM!!! It was panic and I could see the roads crowded and people driving crazy to reach home!!!

Around 5.30 PM there was a news from Thanthin TV that the CM is dead!!! Within minutes all the shops, showrooms & offices were closed!!!

That is when thought of keeping the Shop open until our normal closing hour!! I asked Jegan if we could do that and he spontaneously said we can!!! 

Then what?? We sent all the lady staff home and we kept the shop open!!! It was electrifying crowd and we couldn’t manage!!!

In 3 hours we had almost 100+ bills, 200+ foot falls and all the raw materials at shop got over!!! In fact we closed the shop  only when the milk got over!!!

In between there were some party workers who insisted to shut the shop and the situation was diffused by Jegan!!!


We had people thronging the shop as there were no shops… People were requesting for;

  • Milk for kids!!! 
  • They were asking for all the cookies as they had no stock of snacks!!!
  • Some had not choice to eat and they settled for coffee and snacks!!!

My main aim to go for the risk is to get the mileage and to earn the customer visibility & loyalty!!! Fortunately we were able to strike both as customers were thanking us for keeping the shop open against the vulnerability!!!

Finally I’d like to thank Jegan, Sabastian, Ravi & Chandru for supporting me on this risky endeavour!!!

Trial run for T2C IrungattukottaiĀ 


Today ran thru the trial run for Temple Town Coffee Irungattukottai & our first Franchise!!!


Ravi Sir making us some excellent coffee!!!


Tasting the first Coffee!!! I declare the shop is ready for the Launch ;)!!!


Here is our banner with the MASCOT!!!

Everything went well and we are all set for our launch on 9 December 2016!!

What is in a Filter Coffee?



What is soo special about a Coffee/Filter Coffee??

I keep wondering often, because;

  • Coffee post in Instagram gets a lot of Likes..
  • Post in FB gets Likes and Comments..
  • In Twitter it increases my followers..

Just wondering what is soo attractive about Coffee to get this much traction…

So, with this instinct I’m planning to venture into Coffee Business… It might sound wired but true… Venturing on instincts!!! 

I’m sure this Social Media traction will also apply to in person traction and get business…

What is this situation called!!!



Two weeks back I had a discussion with my CFO Mr. Bala and we decided to rework on our Coffee Shop initiative!!!

Like we anticipated there were lots of hiccups on reworking on big Coffee Shop. It involved many challenges like;

  • Finding Coffee/Snack Menu
  • Finding a Shop
  • Working on Interiors
  • Working ways options to need capital needs!!
  • Recruiting staff

Then with lot of delebration we have decided to go for a franchise for a small coffee shop kiosk.

By doing this we thought;

  • We will have a quick start!!
  • Reduce on Capital Cost!!
  • Can meet our requiredCapital expanses through internal sources!!
  • Franchiser takes care of supply chain and stafftraining!! 

With that thought we immediately arranged a meeting with a franchiser and made an agreement him, we fixed a place and as always it was the bank which was playing spoilsport to fund us in spite of holding an FD!!!

Bank offered us 80% of our FD as loan and we asked for 100% as we have a working relationship with the bank for a long time and also we have;

  • Fixed Deposit
  • Current Account which has no interest!!
  • A 60+ salary account

In spite of threatening the bank that we have to look for another bank they stretched the limit to 90% of FD. But we agreed for this ask the money was sufficient to start!!

When we thought we have set everything is place and we were good to start. The place we finalised couldn’t be fixed as the person incharge backtracked for some reasons.

Now we are aggressively looking for place!! It is a Coffee Shop Kiosk and we need 10 * 10 sq ft space in some prime locality or commercial place which can get us lot of footfalls!!

We are looking for a place in following locations.. Kindly pass a message if you have any reference;

  • Porur
  • Valasaravakkam
  • Kesavardhini
  • Alwarthirunagar
  • Virugambakkam
  • Avichi School
  • Vadapalani
  • Butt Road
  • Manapakkam
  • Mugalivakkam

Thanks in advance for sharing leads!!

Revival of my Coffee Shop Dream


Went to CCS after a while and it was a long business meeting with Bala.. After wrapping our business discussions, it was chill out time and Bala casually asked about the status of Coffee Shop initiative!!!

It all started from here and I was explaining Bala on where we were struck and the funding required for the project!!

Then Bala immediately opened an avenue through NEEDS Program Tamil Nadu and this one spark was enough!!!

Immediately we contacted our old consultant and Bala referred a new consultant!!!

In just a week he worked on;

  • Finding the place!!
  • Working out funding options thru NEEDS!!
  • Working out Over Draft facility with existing banker based on our relationship!!!

With the funding challenge solved and with the place finalised, it is just setting up the shop!!

Yesterday Bala had a meeting with a vendor who has expertise in setting up coffee shops and got all the prerequisites!!!

Now it is time to get quotation from multiple vendors and work on executing the plan!!!

Let me take this opportunity to thank Bala for the Push!!! My next blog would be with the snaps of our Shop!!

Sleep Deprived


Yesterday got too enthusiastic about my blog update and for this weeks sales and delivery planning… Got so obsessed that I couldn’t sleep for more than 2 hours!!

By far it was productive night where I made around 10+ blog post, planned sales & delivery strategy, did some personal finance management and finally ended everything with a 3.5KM walk in the morning..

Immediately took a shower and proceeded to office.. It is surprising that I was feeling fresh till 3PM… Just started feeling a bit drowsy and got a bit of caffeine to boost myself!!!

  

Hope I can finish this day with a high note as this is the beginning of the week!!! 

At Munch Cafe Kilpauk


Had been to Munch Cafe, Kilpauk with Rooban BRO…

I see a lot of coffee houses launched every other day in India, with wonderful ambience…

Irony is, I couldn’t get a nice coffee…

Wondering where the GAP is??

Is this the taste of Indian Coffee Drinkers??

Is this the capacity of the Barista??

Or the Coffee Shops are taking their customers for granted??

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Coffee Menus from Malaysia


Was able to taste 6 different types of coffee & tea that I haven’t tasted in India.:. These are some menus which will be a part if my coffee Shop Menu!!

  • Coffee Slush
  • Tea Slush
  • Iced Tea
  • Rainbow Soda
  • Coffee & Tea (Old House White Coffee – Cham)
  • Coffee Vienna

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Coffee & Tea is my favourite beverage from Oldtown White Coffee & the name of the beverage is CHAM..

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Same CHAM served HOT…

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CHAM product displayed on the menu… Loved to get a product the way it was displayed in the menu…

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Oldtown White Coffee Menu!!!

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Iced-Tea!!! One of my favourite & it’s our normal tea served cold!!!

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A cappuccino take away from Oldtown White Coffee…