5 Great Ways To Get Your Caffeine Fix During International Coffee Day
Coffee has undeniably conquered the planet and our palates since its discovery in the forests of Kafa, Ethiopia. This dark liquid has held sway over every facet of our human existence for the past five centuries—stirred our senses in the morning, kept us company late at night, provided that touch of inspiration and vigor. As we celebrate International Coffee Day this October 1, join our infectious passion for coffee with five ways to enjoy it beyond the brew. The world of coffee awaits.
NESPRESSO MASTER ORIGIN COLLECTION
Nespresso Boutique, Power Plant Rockwell and SM Mega Fashion Hall (pop-up store), www.nespresso.ph
The story of coffee is inherently tied to its origins, intertwined with the care that goes into harvesting each bean and the craftsmanship used in processing it. Nespresso elevates the coffee drinking experience even further with the introduction of its Master Origin Collection, using beans procured from the renowned coffee capitals of Ethiopia, Nicaragua, Colombia, Indonesia, and India.
Coffee lovers can take a tasting journey from the highland vales of Nicaragua to the forested mountains of Sumatra, enjoy the late harvest coffee from Colombia, the carefully picked and dried beans from Ethiopia to the monsooned coffee of India. These new global coffee sensations display Nespresso’s focus on crafting new coffee aromas and tastes for its customers. The Master Origin Collection retails at P35 per capsule.
ECHOSTORE DRIP COFFEE BAG
Coffee lovers need not fear traveling and not getting their daily jolt of caffeine. ECHOstore’s handy Drip Coffee Bag provides the answer and a much-needed boost any time of the day. The ingenious design includes the coffee filter, easily opened over a cup, and just requires hot water. The Drip Coffee Bag comes in two flavors, Benguet Arabica and ECHOcafe Blend, priced at P49 for a 10-gram bag.
STARBUCKS ANNIVERSARY BLEND
Starbucks Coffee, www.starbucks.ph
It is hard to imagine that 21 years have passed since Starbucks first opened its doors in Manila at the iconic 6750 Ayala Building in Makati. Today, Starbucks commemorates its enduring appeal to the coffee loving public with the release of its Anniversary Collection, designed with artwork of sirens swimming in a sea of stars. The Anniversary Blend celebrates Starbucks’ legacy of roasting, blending expertise, and craftsmanship with a bold fusion of aged Sumatra, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesian coffees. The complex and full-bodied brew, with earthy and spicy flavors, is available in whole bean and VIA®. The Anniversary Blend Card, another collectible, showcases the symbolic Siren’s blue-green tail with gold-copper detailing.
The Anniversary Blend is priced at P445 for whole beans and P395 for VIA®. The Anniversary Blend Card is available for an initial activation of P500 and a maximum purchase of 2 Anniversary Blend Cards per customer.
FLOUR POT CAKES PAIRED WITH COFFEE
(0917) 789-2352, firstname.lastname@example.org, Facebook: @flourpotrumcakesmanila
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The best way to enjoy a piping hot brew is to pair it with one of the delectable offerings from Flour Pot Cakes. Chef Rhea Castro-Sycip first introduced her Signature Rum Butter Cake last year to great success. The golden cake soaked in premium small batch rum was created after years of recipe testing to create a simple yet irresistible bite.
She recently launched 2 new tempting additions to her lineup. The Banana Walnut Cake, made with organic bananas, free range eggs and walnuts was a happy accident that resulted from a batch of ripened bananas. The rich Cinnamon Rolls with cream cheese frosting is another nostalgic treat created in the wee hours of the morning, satisfying even the most discerning critic.
The Signature Rum Butter Cake is sold at P1,680 for a 9-inch bundt pan, encased in pine wood craft gift boxes. The 6-inch Banana Walnut Cake is P300 while the Cinnamon Rolls are P400 for 6 pieces.
COFFEE CLASSES AT COFFEE UNIVERSITY
Philippine Coffee Board Inc. (02) 813-1028, www.philcoffeeboard.com
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Coffee school is in session this month, with caffeinated classes that aim to educate coffee drinkers and enthusiasts about the art and science of coffee. The Philippine Coffee Board Inc. (PCBI) and Commune team join forces for an enriching Coffee University to be held at Commune Café in Poblacion, Makati.
Introduction to Coffee Roasting, with roasting consultant and trainer Lyndon Realubit, imparts to its participants the language and an understanding of what makes great coffee, through the basics of roasting. Rosario Juan, the CEO of Commune, leads the session on How to Start a Coffee Shop. Potential café owners will be guided on location choices, equipment purchase, staff training, and menu creation to make their cafés sustainable and profitable. To sign up or get more information about the classes, visit bit.ly/coffeeuniversity.