Raghav is co-founder of Chaayos, a chain of chai cafes in Delhi NCR and Mumbai, that is changing the way the country consumes chai. Lack of options to get a great cup of chai outside of home, led co-founder Nitin Saluja and Raghav, to start Chaayos in 2012. With recent backing of $5MM by American investor Tiger Global, Chaayos stands at 10 cafes and is rapidly expanding with a target of 50 cafes by May 2016.
With the tagline “experiments with chai” Chaayos offers over 12,000 varieties of chai- including trademark options like the Hari Mirch Chai and Aam Papad Chai. The cafes offer a contemporary yet rustic ambience, elevating the often taken-for-granted beverage, from a local tapri setting to an experiential offering. And it doesn't stop at cafes for the team; they want to be a part of every chai occasion for their customers. The latest innovation is an app based ordering solution through innovative disposable kettles, that they are using to deliver chai all over Delhi and Gurgaon.
An IIT Delhi graduate of Chemical Engineering (2010), Raghav had previously co-founded online education startup PrepSquare, where the team had created a video-based product for the Indian entrance examination ecosystem. Prior to that, he was working with US based big-data analytics firm Opera Solutions, consulting global credit card and private equity firms on both revenue enhancement and cost optimization.
Raghav is also a professional bass player and pianist and has released an album with his band Antariksh, a progressive rock outfit. His love for food, and baking in particular, is what drew him to the F&B space. His speciality is cheesecakes, and he loves to innovate on many of the food menu offerings at Chaayos.