Costa Coffee, the no. 1 coffee chain in the United Kingdom, opens its first store in Eastwood Citywalk 1. They plan to have 5 stores by the end of the year with Robinson’s Place Manila next to open.
There’s a number of comfy looking couches outside the store but it’s the big red phonebooth that will be the main attraction. The phonebooth is clean and even has a light inside for interest
The ground floor area is where the coffee and food bar is located with a couple of tables for those that do not want to go up. Costa Coffee serves only the “Mocha Italia” blend, a mix of Arabica (60%) and Robusta (40%) coffee beans.
From afar, I thought these signature Costa Coffee cups had rubber sides. It’s specially made for Costa to forgo the need for coffee sleeves, your hands can easily hold them even when hot.
This is my pick for the best seat in Costa Coffee, located on the 2nd floor beside the stairs.
Irene had the Flat White (P150) while I had the Cappuccino (P130/medium). The flat white comes in only 1 size and latte art can not be done on it. You can request either stencil or latte art for the cappucino. Mine came with a stencil of coffee beans, other designs I’ve seen are the London bus and the Union Jack.
My cappuccino was decent but it was the flat white that was the overall winner for both me and Irene. The single size is already big and comes with double shots of espresso already so you’ll definitely get your caffeine fix.
Costa Coffee is really proud of their croissants, bake in store daily in small batches. These croissants are half baked and blast frozen in France and shipped over here. The other pastry baked fresh is the choco twist.
They have a daily assortment of salads and sandwiches made by Crowne Plaza. I enjoyed the Caesar salad, ham and cheese sandwich and the bbq pulled pork sandwich (P150-180).
Before opening in Manila, Costa Coffee did a little study to see the caffeine habits of our locals. The overwhelming majority (70%) preferred cold drinks because of our hot weather, so they created the Frostino. This is so far only available in the Philippines but will be available in other Asian stores.
The Frostino is created fresh and does not use pre made coffee concotions. If you prefer a simpler cold drink, then you should get the Ice Shaken, made similar to a cocktail/milk tea.
For dessert, I highly recommend the Salted Choco Brownie.
It’s great to see more and more foreign brands opening in the Philippines to give people more choices to satiate their caffeine cravings. Costa Coffee is off to a good start with their mix of good coffee and food choices set amidst well designed spaces.
Costa Coffee PhilippinesG/F Eastwood Citywalk 1
Eastwood, Quezon City
Facebook Page: Costa Coffee Philippines
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