The Philippines is as much a coffee-loving country as it is a basketball-crazy nation, so much so that there's a café on almost every other block, and most people can't start their day without having their cuppa joe. Making the coffee market more exciting is the arrival of the UK's number one coffee shop brand, Costa Coffee, and its promise? To give Manila an authentic #LondonStyle coffee experience, mirroring the vibrancy of British culture and their thirst for quality.
“Coffee is more than a stimulating drink—it is a lifestyle, too. Costa Coffee is very much part of British café society. The arrival of this venture in the Philippines is not just good news for me but also an opportunity for Filipinos to experience a little piece of Britain,” said Asif Ahmad, British Ambassador to the Philippines.
Here's proof that you can now enjoy coffee, London style, here in Manila:
1. Speaking with a British accent will reap you a reward. Eastwood City Walk 1 is home to Costa Coffee's first branch, where customers got to enjoy a free Frostino Mocha Cream when they ordered it with a British accent from 2-4PM on opening day—experience this for yourself when they open their succeeding stores in Robinson’s Ermita, Tera Towers, Bonifacio Global City, and Robinson’s Antipolo within the year.
2. The legit chill and cozy Brit vibe that will make you forget you're actually in Manila. Setting you up for the #LondonStyle coffee experience are Costa Coffee's hip interiors similar to those they have back in the UK. Enjoy founders Bruno and Sergio Costa's unique blend of coffee, a combination of Arabica and Robusta coffee beans as you lounge in their Union Jack-printed couches and peruse the "coffee mottos" displayed on the walls.
3. The coffee is of top quality, made and tested by one of the best "tongues" in the world. All handcrafted and espresso-based like their bestselling Flat White Mocha (pictured above) and their Cappucino with a double decker bus design (pictured below), Costa Coffee concoctions were perfected by Master Genarro Peliccia, who's so good at what he does that his tongue was once insured for 10 million British pounds.
4. Costa Coffee is deeply rooted in its rich history. To date, it has over 1,968 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,247 coffee shops in 30 overseas markets, but the brand still remains true to the original Mocha Italia recipe invented by the Costa brothers—it's still slow-roasted in their Old Paradise Street Roastery in London like it has been over the past decades.
Pair your choice coffee selection with their yummy pastries that are freshly baked in their in-store oven (try their chocolate ensaymada and banana caramel muffin) or with their mouthwatering gourmet sandwiches, and have an absobloodylutely relaxed Brit time right in this archipelago.
Costa Coffee is now open at the G/F Eastwood City Walk 1. Follow @costacoffeeph on Instagram to be up to date about their new branches.