What to Expect at Costa Coffee in Manila
Here's your first look at the U.K. coffee chain's Manila outpost, and SPOT.ph is giving you exclusive details on its opening.
(SPOT.ph) Costa Coffee's impending arrival on Philippine shores was announced in September 2014. It's April of the following year, and we're already excited for this new soon-to-be coffee habit. And because we know you're on your toes, too, we're giving you an exclusive sneak peek at how this London-based coffee chain is shaping up in Manila.
Costa Coffee was founded in 1971 as a wholesale coffee-supplying company to caterers and coffee shops in London, until it eventually became the second largest coffee-shop chain in the world (No. 1 in the United Kingdom). It has branches in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. Despite its successes, however, Costa Coffee remains rooted. It still roasts its beans in the Old Paradise Street where it was started originally by Sergio and Bruno Costa.
Here are some of the things you should expect from Costa Coffee in the Philippines:
3D rendering of the Eastwood branch (see the phonebooth?)
Another reason to hang out in Eastwood
1. The first branch will be in Eastwood—on the ground floor of Citywalk 1. Costa Coffee replaces the old Serye and it's right beside the soon-to-open Kyochon branch. The opening is scheduled for late June, and the second branch in Robinsons Ermita will open a month later.
2. Costa Coffee roasts a signature Mocha Italia blend at the Costa Roastery on Old Paradise Street in London. The beans, a mix of Arabica and Robusta, are roasted slowly at low temperature, resulting in a smooth, round, and rich taste sans the bitterness.
Latte, Flat White, and Caramel Mocha
3. U.K. bestsellers like Flat White and the usual espresso-based beverages will be available in the Philippines. We're also excited about the refreshing coffee Coolers (in flavors like Belgian Chocolate, Raspberry and White Chocolate, and Caramel Latte) made with that iconic Mocha Italia blend, ice, milk, and whipped cream.
4. A special new drink, the Frostino, was also crafted especially for sweet-loving Filipinos. This decadent drink-dessert will come in four flavors: Caramel Shortbread, Double Chocolate Cookie Mocha, Rocky Road, and Strawberry Meringue.
The Eastwood and Robinsons Ermita branches will have a similar look to this store on Eastcastle Street in London.
We love the hip color palette of this Bedford store.
5. The look will be "London-style." Costa Coffee is going for a young and vibrant ambiance that is welcoming and relaxing: red phonebooths and Union Jack-patterned sofas amid wood and brick accents. Costa Philippines' General Manager Corinne Milagan describes it as "a moment in London."
6. To truly complete that homey feel, the stores will offer freshly baked pastries (as in baked in the branch).
There's no official opening date yet, but we're already starting our countdown to June.