QoD: Do you notice a Coffee Craze in Karachi?

Over the past year literally the entire Karachi crowd has been obsessed with “Going out for Coffee?” To an extent that I was invited to more coffee outings then iftari’s this Ramadan. What’s your opinion on this new found craze in Karachi? Do you suspect it to be a short lived fad or is it here to stay, maybe more potential for more coffee outlets around the city. Your opinion will drive this discussion

12 Comments so far

  1. K.A. (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2006 @ 1:10 am

    Well I’d call it a revival with modern ways. My parents really missed the coffee houses in karachi as they used to be in the 50s 60s and even early 70s. The young and trendy, the poets , artists and writers used to spend evenings there and it was a fav way to socialize. Cafe Grand and Kwality’s were amongst the famous names.

  2. fairyDust (unregistered) on November 4th, 2006 @ 12:41 am

    but isn’t karachi’s weather kinda moderate to hot most of the year? I guess they will only be having coffee during those 2 months of the year that really are cold enought for coffee in the mornings. since i am sure noone would want to have a coffee and then go outside in temperate weather and sweat like a hog.

  3. llama (unregistered) on November 4th, 2006 @ 9:23 am

    @Fairydust: the name might be “coffee house” but they serve a lot more than just coffee. They’re really full-fledged restaurants in disguise. And for those who dont want to sweat, they’re always the option of cold coffee, which is very popular.

    @K.A: the key difference between then and now being the price? I’m sure those tea houses back in the 50s were economical even by that era’s standards. If i want to meet friends over a light, inexpensive snack in karachi, i’d rather have chat at chatkharey for Rs.30 than cold coffee at a coffee house for Rs.180.

  4. Akber Siddiqui (unregistered) on November 4th, 2006 @ 10:10 am

    Coffee=Caffeine=Addiction, Addiction is a primary, chronic, neurobiologic disease, with genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors influencing its development and manifestations. It is characterized by behaviors that include one or more of the following: impaired control over drug use, compulsive use, continued use despite harm, and craving.My opinion, trend will stay.

  5. ny (unregistered) on November 4th, 2006 @ 10:20 am

    I think people are more health consious today. Rather than meeting over a lunch/dinner people prefer coffee with a light sandwich. Well dunno about others but i have nowadays often skipped dinner or lunch and prefered to do the same. But yes agree with LLAMA here, coffee houses do take heavy toll on the wallet. Come to think of it, it costs more to do coffee+sandwich than to have dinner at some places.

  6. unaiza nasim (unregistered) on November 4th, 2006 @ 11:08 am

    I love coffee, and have been to most of the coffee shops in the town.
    But that is from my very early years. It might be just that too many new ccoffe shops opened up, and yes it is true!

  7. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 4th, 2006 @ 1:45 pm

    I would like to know about coffe shops in areas likle

    1)North nazimabad
    2)Gulshan/Rashid Minhas
    3)saddar region

  8. ahmed (unregistered) on November 4th, 2006 @ 10:30 pm

    will we ever have starbucks in karachi?

  9. alybaba (unregistered) on November 4th, 2006 @ 10:37 pm

    Its because there is nothing else to do in Karachi except eat and go out for coffee.

  10. shobz (unregistered) on November 5th, 2006 @ 1:08 am

    I hate starbucks coz their coffee sucks (maybe its the fact that i have had loads of coffee there). i dont know why we love to set trends or follow them. its like looking at the blind lead the blind. its irritating when everyone wants to keep up with joneses. it could be sheesha one day or a new hat or whatever. the point is that people just go to coffee places and all these trendy places coz its cool and not coz they love caffeine. what a bunch of losers!

  11. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 5th, 2006 @ 10:41 am

    last year I read that some food street was being built near Kemari/Jackson market. Any updates?

  12. Sukaina Ali (unregistered) on November 19th, 2006 @ 11:05 pm

    Speaking of coffee, a couple of days back I discovered a dead mosquito inside my mocha frescarto at Costa Coffee, Zamzama.I had actually drunk half of it before I saw it floating inside the glass. Being the hygiene freak I am , I was absolutely disgusted(I’d expect you to be too even if you aren’t a hygiene freak). Anyway, the management’s reaction and behaviour was so disappointing with one of them even going ‘yeh pakistan hai..yahan to aisa hota hai’that I really lost my cool. Even later on when I called them to register a complaint they seemed anything but apologetic. I am so disgusted by Costa that I will never set foot in it ever again even abroad

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