Exclusive: Deepika Padukone invests in specialty coffee brand Blue Tokai

Wanted to invest in companies whose values align with mine, she says

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Deepika Padukone might be busy scripting box office records with her films this year, but the actress is also actively engaged with building her own brand and business. Deepika, who has invested in several Indian startups, has just added another one to the list.

In an exclusive interview to THE WEEK, Deepika revealed that she recently invested in homegrown coffee startup Blue Tokai Coffee Roasters. “All my investments are in homegrown brands. I have just invested in Blue Tokai coffee,” she told Lifestyle Editor Namrata Zakaria.

Founded in 2013, the specialty coffee brand offers a wide range of options to coffee lovers across the country. With three roasteries in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru, the brand delivers its coffee products through cafes as well as e-commerce channels.

Speaking further about her investments, Deepika said: “I wanted to invest in companies whose values align with mine, and I wanted to help small businesses grow. I think it was important for me to add value, with my time and my money, to help Indian businesses.”

Some of her other investments include Bellatrix Aerospace, Drums Food International (owner of Epigamia yogurt), Furlenco Furniture, edtech venture FrontRow (now closed down), Purplle (beauty products marketplace), Supertails pet supplies, Mokobara travel accessories, Atomberg Technologies and Nua sanitary pads.

Read the full interview with Deepika Padukone where she opens up about her films, business investments, husband Ranveer Singh, global ambitions and more in the latest issue of THE WEEK, on stands now.

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