December 15, 2015

UK Invasion of Manila Coffee Scene: Costa Coffee

I love so many things in my life and coffee is definitely one of them. This might sound annoying to others, but when I hear a new coffee shop is opening in the Manila, I do my best to try what they have to offer. I've actually stumbled upon Costa Coffee Eastwood when it was still being constructed. I've also visited it  a couple of times after it had officially opened. Only now that I got the chance to share my experience at Costa Coffee.

Costa Coffee is a British multinational coffeehouse company headquartered in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Whitbread. It is the second largest coffeehouse chain in the world behind Starbucks and the largest in Britain. It was founded in London in 1971 by the Costa family as a wholesale operation supplying roasted coffee to caterers and specialist Italian coffee shops. Italian immigrant brothers Bruno and Sergio Costa founded a coffee roastery in Lambeth, London, in 1971, supplying local caterers. The family had moved to England in the 1960s. Costa branched out to selling coffee in 1978, when its first store opened in Vauxhall Bridge Road, London.

Costa Coffee was acquired by Whitbread in 1995, it has since grown to over 2,861 stores across 30 countries. In December 2009, Costa Coffee agreed to acquire Coffee Heaven for £36 million, adding 79 stores in central and eastern Europe. By the end of 2013, the company had overtaken Starbucks in the UK, reaching a 54% market share.

Costa Coffee was brought in the Philippines by Robinson's Retail Holdings Inc. and was launched on late June of this year. Costa is well-known for using their signature Mocha Italia original blend and for their famous Flat White Coffee.

As for the design of the cafe, it was spot-on British. The motif was color red, bricks and quite dim. There's even a red phone booth and a Union Jack couch. I really find the place cozy especially on the second floor, where you can sit in one corner and just enjoy a good book and coffee. 

Funny thing is that I'm not fond of hot coffee. If you know me personally, you'll rarely see me drinking it hot. I want to enjoy my coffee and how else can I do that but to have it with ice or ice-blended. The first time I tried Costa, I wanted something sweet because I just had dinner. So I got me a Frostino in Strawberry Pavlova flavor and a plain cheesecake

I actually love the Strawberry Pavlova Frostino and be honest when I say I like it better than the strawberries and cream of Starbucks. As for the cheesecake it was quite sour for my liking. I read somewhere from the internet that the cakes and pastries of Costa Coffee are supplied by the Crowne Plaza commissary. 

In one of my recent visits at Costa Coffee, I ordered their holiday drink Caramel Fudge Frostino and a slice of red velvet cake. I quite like my drink and it wasn't that so sweet. The red velvet, I really like, it was moist and the frosting was cream cheese unlike others who use butter frosting instead. 

The staff are friendly as well. The prices of their drinks and pastries are actually reasonable for the quality and taste.  I am actually looking forward to my next visits. 

Costa Coffee
-Eastwood Citywalk 1, Libis, Quezon City
-Ground Floor, Robinsons Place Manila, Ermita, Manila
-32nd St, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

For more information and restaurant reviews, check out their Zomato profile:
Costa Coffee Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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