United Kingdom’s number 1 coffee chain opens in Bonifacio Global City. What started out by two brothers Bruno and Sergio Costa’s love for premium coffee led them to become the leading global coffee shop brand with over 40 years of expertise. Costa’s irresistible coffee is served in over 3,000 Costa stores around the world—and now it’s finally in The Philippines! I still remember my first Costa Coffee experience. I had a 9-hour layover in Dubai and I passed by Costa Coffee. I wasn’t expecting much because I always thought airport food anywhere is bland. Lo and behind, they served the most delicious flat white coffee and pastries. Since then I kept wishing that they would bring Costa Coffee to the Philippines. Good things come to those who wait, as they say.

Costa coffees are all handcrafted and espresso based, giving each specialty, like Flat White (which I highly recommend), the Mocha Italia aroma and body only a proper cup of coffee should have. Costa even employed Master Genarro Peliccia as their official Coffee Master. Master Genarro is responsible for ensuring the taste that Costa is known and loved for remains consistent in every Costa cafe, so much so that his tongue was once insured for GBP 10 Million (wait what?)

To celebrate Costa Coffee’s commitment to serving only the finest brews, a worldwide competition is held every year, where Costa Coffee baristas from every country compete to showcase the skills they have learned to make the best speciality drinks. This year, the Philippines is finally able to take part. The competition, which started on October 6 held its final leg on the 26th of the same month, where the winners from Costa Coffee Eastwood and Costa Coffee Robinsons Place Manila competed for the chance to represent the country next year in Singapore. Erick from Costa Coffee Eastwood was up against Gladys of Costa Coffee Robinsons Ermita. They each had to make the perfect flat white for the panelists plus create their specialty drink! In the end Gladys was the one who won. I was rooting for Erick but he seemed really nervous! Gladys on the other hand kept her cool the entire time and answered questions from the panelists with finesse. Gladys will now represent the country at 

The finals were held during the opening of Costa Coffee’s third store in the stunning Bonifacio Global City, Metro Manila. Cara Manglapus treated guests to her musical renditions of British classics, as they snacked on perfect coffee pairings, which includes pastries made especially for Costa Coffee Philippines. Invitees spent the afternoon #LondonStyle as they were immersed in the different sights and sounds of what it would be like to have high coffee in the world’s cultural capital.

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Visit Costa Coffee at One World Place, Bonifacio Global City (near KidZania), Eastwood and Robinsons Place Manila for your daily coffee fix.

Photos by me | Taken using my Fujifilm X-T10
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