The following commentary comes from an independent investor or market observer as part of TheStreet's guest contributor program, which is separate from the company's news coverage.NEW YORK ( Trefis) -- According to Starbucks' ( SBUX) spokesman Corey duBrowa, Starbucks' talks with the Tata group are "moving forward" and it hopes to make an announcement about the partnership soon. The partnership aims to take advantage of the various businesses running under the Tata group. The group's business spans across hotels, retail chain, steel, chemical, tea, software and automobiles among others. This partnership could provide Starbucks instant access to Tata's vast presence throughout India. Starbucks' competitors in the broader market for specialty coffee include McDonald's ( MCD), Caribou Coffee ( CBOU) and Peet's Coffee ( PEET).