June 30, 2015
COSTA COFFEE, the UK's No. 1 Coffee Chain, finally opens their first branch in Manila, in partnership with Robinsons Retail Holdings, Inc. This also marks the first time that the Gokongweis will enter into the restaurant food retail business in the Philippines.
Typically, when Filipinos are asked to think of London, they think of English Tea and tea time. But the coffee industry there is quite big, with a recent explosion of coffee culture in the UK's capital.
Costa Coffee was founded by two Italian immigrant brothers, Bruno and Sergio Costa in Lambeth, London, in 1971. It is one of four major coffee chains (and the dominant player) in London, along with Starbucks, Caffè Nero, and Prêt à Manger. Costa Coffee is best known for their espresso-based coffee using their signature Mocha Italia original blend, their famous Flat White Coffee, and cheaper yet better quality coffee than Starbucks'.
Here's everything you need to know about Costa Coffee in Manila...
Costa Coffee's first branch is located in City Walk 1 in Eastwood City facing the activity center (former location of Serye).
The flat white in London costs £2.40 (~P170), so they sell it relatively cheaper at P150 for one size only.
The cappuccino is topped with a milky broth and a coffee bean design.
This is our favorite sandwich, oozing with melted cheese, with mushroom and red bell pepper to balance the flavor.
The chocolate drink is interesting. You can have it designed with a Union Jack.
We also liked the grilled spicy chicken with pickles and pesto-flavored baguette.
For caramel macchiato lovers, you'll enjoy the froth covered with a caramel web.
Not bad for a vegetarian sandwich with grilled vegetables and peanut dressing in between a soft panini.
After tasting the Flat White, the latte tasted just milky and fell short of the coffee flavor you are looking for.
All the cookies are highly recommended for pairing with the coffee, but our favorite is the Chewy Truffle Cookie!
The Frostino is to Costa as the Frappuccino is to Starbucks. We just find it too sweet.
For non-coffee lovers, you can try out the freshly brewed lemon tea.
Overall, we love the Flat White coffee and the overall London vibe of the place, with Instagram-worthy phone booths and an interestingly designed Union Jack sofa.
Order the Melted Swiss Cheese with Mushroom in Flatbread or the Grilled Spicy Chicken in Pesto Baguette. Don't forget to try the Chewy Truffle Cookie to pair with your coffee or as a pasalubong for your special someone.
Budget about P300/head for coffee + sandwich lunch.
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Disclosure: Our meal was courtesy of our friend, Marj Sia. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights. Read Our Awesome Planet Complete Disclosure Policy here.