whole bean coffee, movies in English and a hearty "Thanks!"

#1 May 27th, 2008, 12:52
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Hello! My husband and I will be moving to Chennai in October. The forums about Chennai have certainly lessened our "moving to India" anxiety, so thank you to everyone who has participated!

I do have some questions, however. The first is: is whole-bean coffee available in Chennai? And do any of the cinemas show Indian films with English subtitles? I'm not sure such a thing exists, but I thought I'd ask. (The films with English subtitles--I know that whole-bean coffee exists, but perhaps is not available!).

Thanks for any info out there!
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As far as I know, the Hindi and Tamil movies are shown without subtitles Really sad....

Having said that, the storyline of most Hindi and Tamil movies is so flimsy, that you can enjoy them even without understanding all the dialogues perfectly. I used to drag friends, or my husband, to the theatre and made them summarize whenever I didn't understand the story.

Renting DVDs is another solution to the problem, they have English subtitles.

I am also on a mission to find coffee beans, but have not been successful so far. I heard there is a place on Cenotaph Road that sells good coffee from Illy, but at Rs. 1000 for a small tin . So I have stuck to bringing coffee from Netherlands, whenever I go....
#3 May 27th, 2008, 13:19
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there is a coffee roasting place on Dr Ranga road, off CP Ramaswamy Rd in Abhiramapuram. I never went in there as Im not a coffee person, but it definitely smelt good whenever I walked past!

Also no places I have seen show indian films with english subtitles, but I second that they are still good fun! Rent it on DVD from your local disreputable DVD guy and you will often get the new releases before they are even released!
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... and a couple more in Mylapore itself (near the temple tank), the capital of coffee-drinking-brahmin-land!

I'd be very surprised if you couldn't get beans from one of these places.
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Sorry, I was looking for espresso beans. I think you can buy regular beans at those 'Coffee day' wholesale outlets (the one with the green boards).
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None of the bollywood movies I've seen have subtitles (in English).

But, all the English movies have Hindi subtitles.

And, not being a coffee drinker (blech), I can't help with that part of your question :-)

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Renting /Buying DVDs is the only way to get subtitles for Bollywood flicks

Landmark and Music World carry a big collection if you are into building a collection

Bigflix.com or your neighborhood DVD rental shop if you intend to rent
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All original Indian DVDs (thats the ones bought from the shops paying half an arm and a leg) have english subtitles. The new releases of movies are usually pirated and are vailable in plenty around (thye carry subtitles in various languages- including some alien tounge!)

As for Cofee - there are several kinds of beans availabe in india - depending on the strenght and quality. There are beans like PBerry, Plantation A etc. You can go to places like Coffee Day ( not Cafe Coffee day) and buy beans. There are other places like Narasus, Leo Coffee etc who will give you either roasted or non roasted. you can choose your mix (of beans) and get it ground there- or just buy beans.
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Smile Thanks again!

Thanks for all the information! This forum is terrific. I'm disappointed that Indian films are not subtitled in the cinemas (they are usually only in the two major cities in Thailand, Chiang Mai and Bangkok) but I doubt that'll stop me from trying the Indian Cinematic Experience!
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Ground coffee from the retailers

If you have a grinder at home, it's better to get the beans. Their commercial grinders heat while grinding, so the ground coffee loses aroma and taste.

Barista Chain (one across from Ispahani shopping center (which has good gelato, by the way) uses Lavazza, but I didn't ask if they sell beans.

If you go to Kerala, bring coffee back. It is tastier in my opinion and cheaper--180/kg in Munnar hill station (Abbas Store in the market, but already ground) vs. 240 in Chennai.

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